Calendar of Events

MUSEUM HOURS
Thursday, Noon to 8 p.m.
Friday – Monday, Noon to 5 p.m.

(Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and major holidays.)

GUIDED HOUSE TOURS
Thursday, 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Friday – Monday, 2 p.m.

CANDLELIGHT GHOST TOURS
Third Friday of every month, January – July

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS  Click here

DECEMBER EVENTS

Through Monday, January 9
Exhibition –
Christmas Comes to Old New York: Holiday Traditions of the Tredwell Family

Scenes of holiday preparation recreated in the period rooms throughout the house show how many of our modern holiday traditions originated in mid-19th century New York. From table-top Christmas trees decorated with candles and handmade ornaments, to poinsettias and evergreens decking the halls, Christmas songs and carols, presents and stockings. And, of course, Santa Claus. On display, rarely exhibited Christmas presents from the Tredwell collection.

Exhibition –
Ch
arles Dickens Performs ‘A Christmas Carol’ in New York, December 1867

In December 1867, Charles Dickens arrived in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved 1843 holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Dickens performed at the 2,500 seat Steinway Hall on 14th Street, the center of cultural life in the city, and just a few blocks from the Tredwell home. And the critics raved: “The Christmas Carol becomes doubly enchanting when one hears it performed by Dickens.” (New York Herald, 1867)
Exhibition in conjunction with A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the MERCHANT’S HOUSE, December 7-24.
Guest curator, Dayle Vander Sande

Friday, December 2 
5:30 p.m., Holiday Preview & Farewell Toast to Urban Historian Justin Ferate
6:30 p.m., Illustrated Talk, New York’s Secret Nooks & Crannies, by Mr. Ferate
Join us for a special season preview of the Merchant’s House in full holiday regalia and a reception, followed by an illustrated talk by urban historian Justin Ferate.

We will toast Justin in our cozy 1850s kitchen and wish him the fondest of farewells as he prepares to leave his beloved New York City. Guests may wander freely through the period rooms decorated in festive mid-19th century holiday style. At 6:30 p.m., guests will gather in the double parlor for Mr. Ferate’s illustrated talk, an “armchair” romp throughout New York. The talk will explore some of the city’s great, but often overlooked treasures, including myriad offbeat landmarks, secret gardens, covert byways – and hidden holiday treasures.

$50, Members $30. Click here to purchase tickets.

Justin Ferate was honored as New York’s “Most Engaging Tour Guide” by Governor George Pataki and the New York State Tourism Council. Mr. Ferate also wrote the official New York City Professional Tour Guide Licensing Examination for the City of New York. The AAA Guide to New York selected the Grand Central Terminal tour offered by Mr. Ferate as “New York’s Best Walking Tour!” He is moving to Santa Fe at the end of the year.

4th SMASH Year! Limited engagement December 7 to December 24.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the MERCHANT’S  HOUSE, Charles Dickens in New York, 1867
Starring John Kevin Jones as Mr. Dickens
Come celebrate the season with this unique retelling of a holiday classic, set in the Museum’s Greek Revival double parlor decorated in 19th century holiday style. Perfect for families.
Meet Mr. Dickens and toast the holiday season before the performance. Mulled wine, cider, and light fare.

“The Christmas Carol becomes doubly enchanting when one hears it performed by Dickens.” New York Herald, 1867
TimeOut New York: “One of the 10 Best Plays to see this holiday season”

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

“Masterful storytelling” and a “tour de force”
“Stays true to Dickens’s voice”
“Perfectly suited to the season”

Monday, December 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Annual 19th-Century Holiday Party 
With special performance previews of ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the MERCHANT’S HOUSE, Charles Dickens in New York, 1867’ throughout the evening by star John Kevin Jones
The House will be in festive mid-19th century holiday dress with a table top tree, poinsettias, and greenery decking the halls. Join us for tours of the house, caroling, and a collation of Dickensian fare as we celebrate the holidays in Old New-York. Holiday raffle.
$25. Click here to purchase tickets.
FREE for Museum Members (Join Now!)
Members, please call 212-777-1089 or email nyc1832@merchantshouse.org to reserve.

2017 JANUARY EVENTS

NEW YEAR’S DAY, Sunday, January 1, 2 to 5 p.m.
‘Come Calling’ on New Year’s Day
Paying calls on friends and family on New Year’s Day was one of Old New York’s most cherished customs. Join us for tours of the house, 19th century readings about New Year’s Day celebrations, and punch and confectionery, as we continue the 19th century tradition of renewing, reviving, and reaffirming friendships. Holiday Raffle drawing at 4:30 p.m. “New York seemed to enjoy a general carnival. Broadway, from one end to the other, was alive with private carriages, omnibuses, cabs, and curricles, and lines of pedestrians fringed the carriageways.” From the Diary of Philip Hone, 1844. $20, $10 Members.

Opens Thursday, January 19 
Exhibition –
Winter Warmth: How the Tredwells Bundled Up

Rarely seen objects from the original Tredwell collections are on display, including a foot stove, quilts, a muff,  hand-knit ‘joint warmers,’ and a crocheted capelette, all items the family used to (try to) keep warm during the cold winter months.  In the 19th century, there was no escaping the cold. Even with brisk fires burning, water froze in wash bowls, ink froze in wells, and wine in their bottles.  People did what little they could to keep the cold at bay, but interior temperatures in the 19th century were well below today’s standard 68 degrees.
Included with regular admission.

Friday, January 20, 6:30 p.m.
Dark Days of Winter Candlelight Ghost Tour
of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times)

Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where seven family members died and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. “#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York, 2016)
50-60 minutes. $30, $20 Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: Friday, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21.

FEBUARY EVENTS

Tuesday, February 14, 7 p.m.
Love in the Parlors: A Valentine in Concert 
The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents lush, romantic vocal music of the world’s greatest 19th-century composers performed in the Museum’s Greek Revival double parlor. Singers Anthony Bellov, Amy Gluck, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande perform rarely heard gems by Beethoven, Schubert, Steven Foster, Amy Beach, and others.
Top pick for Valentine’s Day: NBC Online and TimeOut NY
75 minutes. $40, $30 Members. VIP Front Row tickets $50.
Tickets go on sale Monday, December 5.

Friday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.
Dark Days of Winter Candlelight Ghost Tour
of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times)

Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where seven family members died and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. “#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York, 2016)
50-60 minutes. $30, $20 Members. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 5.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: Friday, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21.

Saturday, February 25, 3:30 p.m.
Special Interactive Tour for Families: A Child’s View of Life in 19th Century New York
29 East Fourth Street was home not only to the eight Tredwell children, but also to two young granddaughters. Come tour the house and learn what life was like for children (and adults) in the 1850s, from schoolwork and chores to games and play. Could you carry a bucket of coal up steep stairs? Do you have a calling card? A top hat? What, no hoop skirt? How did you take a bath? And penmanship really, really mattered.
Best for children 8 to 12 years old. $15, one adult, one child. $20, one adult, two children (max.).
Reservations not required.

GUIDED TOURS of the HOUSE

2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Thursday (open until 8 p.m.)
2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 

Closed Tuesday & Wednesday (groups by appointment)

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 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. (Admission is 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.