Calendar of Events

Sunday, November 9, 12:30 p.m.
Special Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho
See below for description.

Thursday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.
The First Foodies: The Evolution of Dining in 19th Century New York City
The first half of the 19th century saw seismic changes in the food and dining patterns of New Yorkers like the Tredwells. During this period, restaurants emerged on the scene (initially called “victualling houses”); private grocery stores replaced public markets as the main source for New Yorkers’ daily food needs; and a host of new technologies including gas lines, the ice box, and the cookstove changed food preparation within the middle- and upper-class home. And, yes, people lined up for the 19th century version of a cronut. Join Cindy Lobel, author of Urban Appetites:  Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York, as she explores how these changes affected the Tredwells and their circle as well as their servants. The illustrated lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing. $15. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets.

OPENS Friday, November 28
Exhibition: Christmas Comes to Old New York
Learn more here.

Return engagement of
starring John Kevin Jones
20 characters, 1 actor, 1 hour!
Come celebrate the season with this unique retelling of a holiday classic, set in the Museum’s double parlor decorated in 19th century holiday style. Perfect for families.

Opening Night Benefit, Thursday, December 11, 7 p.m.
Friday, December 12 − Sunday, December 14, 7 p.m.
Friday, December 19  Tuesday, December 23, 7 p.m.
Special Christmas Eve performance, Wednesday, December 24, 6pm
Friday, December 26  Sunday, December 28, 7 p.m.

“masterful storytelling’ and a “tour de force”
“stays true to Dickens’s voice”
“perfectly suited to the season”

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, December 16, 6 to 8 p.m.
Annual 19th-Century Holiday Party 
With special performance previews of ‘A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House’ throughout the evening by star Kevin Jones
The House will be in festive mid-19th century holiday dress with a table top tree, poinsettias, candlelight, and greenery decking the halls. Join us for a collation of Dickensian fare and old Scrooge’s favorite, a ‘bowl of Bishop,’ as we celebrate the holidays in Old New-York. Tours of the House, holiday music, and a raffle & gift bazaar.
$25. Click here to purchase tickets. FREE for Museum Members (Join Now!)
Members please call 212-777-1089 or email to reserve.


Guided House Tours

Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m.
(Museum is closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
Guided Tour of the Merchant’s House Museum
Explore Manhattan’s “best-preserved” (The New York Times) 19th-century home and learn about the domestic life of a prosperous merchant family and their four Irish servants from 1835 to 1865, as New York City transformed from seaport to thriving metropolis. You’ll visit four floors of this Federal and Greek Revival style row house virtually complete with the family’s original furnishings and decorative arts.

The tour concludes in the newly restored 4th-floor Servants’ Quarters, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in Manhattan,” according to Time Out New York. You are invited to come climb the narrow staircase and see where the wealthy Tredwell family’s staff of four domestic servants lived and did some of their work.

Included with regular admission. (Always FREE for Members)
Reservations not required for groups of fewer than 10 people. If your group has more than 10 people, please contact us about scheduling a group program.

Sunday Walking Tours of the Historic Noho Neighborhood

March through November, second Sunday of the month, 12:30 p.m. Tours are one hour and begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Promenaders will return to the Museum in time to take the 2 p.m. Guided Tour if they wish.

$10. Students & Seniors $5. FREE for Members. No reservations.

Sunday, November 9, 12:30 p.m.
Special Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho
On this one-hour walking tour of the Noho Historic District, promenaders will see 11 buildings designated as individual New York City landmarks. The tour begins at the 1832 Merchant’s House and within a few blocks traces 100 years of social, economic and technological changes in New York during the 19th century, from a residential enclave for the wealthy merchant families of Old New York to a center of manufacturing and busy cultural center. The tour will feature stories of famous as well as infamous residents and builders of these landmarks and the renowned architects who designed them. Stops will include Colonnade Row, the DeVinne Press Building, Astor Library, The Cooper Union, and the Bayard-Condict Building.

The Merchant’s House Museum is a member of the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, which over the next two years will engage and educate the public about the importance of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Law (April 19, 1965) and celebrate its 50th anniversary.

NOTE: Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.