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 TOURS
Thursday, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Friday – Monday, 2 p.m.

WALKING TOURS
Second Sunday of the month, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS Click here 

 

APRIL EVENTS

Saturday, April 23, Noon to 4pm
The Tredwells at Home, Living History:
The Habits of Good Society” – Etiquette and Entertaining at Home
It’s 1858 and 25-year-old Tredwell daughter Julia is receiving visitors in the front parlor. New York women in the 19th century maintained friendships and other social connections through the elaborate ritual of formal visiting – or “calling” — and in order to participate, everyone was expected to know the rules. When do you make a personal call, and when can you leave a calling card? How soon should you pay a “party call” after attending a ball or formal dinner? How do you know when a family is ready to receive visitors after mourning a death? What is a “sociable”? Come pay Julia a call and find out how she and other young women in 19th century New York navigate the ins and outs of fashionable society.
Period costume encouraged. Free with admission. Reservations not required.

Friday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Open Mic Nite in the Parlor

In the 19th century, literary salons gathered great thinkers, artists, and writers under one roof for a night of socialization and “improving conversation.” In that same spirit, the Merchant’s House celebrates the works of today’s new writers, performance artists, and musicians. Come to share your work or simply enjoy. Wine & light refreshments will be served.
If you’d like to perform, please bring no more than 5 minutes of material; sign-up available upon entry.
Admission $10, Students & Seniors $5, FREE for Members.
Click here for tickets, walk-ins welcome. Next Open Mic Nite: Friday, May 27.

Saturday, April 30, 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.).
Click here for tickets.

MAY EVENTS

May is Lower East Side History Month
Lower East Side History Month is an annual celebration of the rich and diverse history of the Lower East Side. Conceived by LES-based arts and community groups, LES History Month is an umbrella for a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities — aiming to connect our present to our past, exploring how our history can inform and inspire our future.
See the full schedule of events at www.leshistorymonth.org

Sunday, May 8 (and Second Sunday of the Month: June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
Celebrating Lower East Side History Month
Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos — and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. You’ll walk the footsteps of these wealthy mercantile families whose elegant Federal mansions once lined the tranquil cobblestone streets. Our tour passes by iconic landmarks such as the imposing Colonnade Row, the Public Theater, and The Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his ‘right makes might’ speech. On the bustling Astor Place, imagine the drama of events that led to the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history. And visit the site of the scandalous 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes.
$10, FREE for Members.

NOTE: Tours are one hour and begin promptly.
Limited to 20 people (first come, first served). No reservations.
Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.

Wednesday, May 11, 1 to 4 p.m.
Merchant’s House Museum 80th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrating Lower East Side History Month
On May 11, 1936, the Merchant’s House Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time. Join us as we celebrate 80 years as a museum with tours of the house and publication of Miracle on Fourth Street: Saving an Old Merchant’s House, by Mary L. Knapp. Books will be available for purchase.
Admission 50 cents, as it was in 1936. No reservations.

Friday, May 20, 7 p.m.
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 eight 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, 2015)
50 minutes. $25, $15 Members.
Click here for tickets.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: June 17.

Saturday, May 21, Noon to 4 p.m.
The Tredwells at Home, Living History:
Secrets of a Lady’s Toilette – Fashion and Beauty
It’s 1858 and 25-year-old Tredwell daughter Julia is in her mother’s bedroom getting ready for an evening at the theatre. In the 19th century, the theatre was a fashionable society event where women could see what others were wearing and be seen themselves, so she must dress her best. From silk sleeves and satin slippers to perfumed soaps and floral-scented skin powder, no detail is too small. How does she dress her hair? Are corsets comfortable? How many layers does it take to make the fashionable crinoline silhouette? Learn about Julia’s clothes, her cosmetics, and just how much work it takes to be well-dressed in 19th-century New York.
Free with admission. No reservations.

Friday, May 27, 6:30 p.m.
Open Mic Nite in the Parlor
Celebrating Lower East Side History Month
In the 19th century, literary salons gathered great thinkers, artists, and writers under one roof for a night of socialization and “improving conversation.” In that same spirit, the Merchant’s House celebrates the works of today’s new writers, performance artists, and musicians. Come to share your work or simply enjoy. Wine & light refreshments will be served.
If you’d like to perform, please bring no more than 5 minutes of material; sign-up available upon entry.
Admission $10, Students & Seniors $8, FREE for Members.
Upcoming Open Mic Nites: TBA

JUNE EVENTS

Thursday, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, until  8 p.m.
SUMMER EVENINGS in the GARDEN
Guided Tour, 6:30 p.m. Light Refreshments. Rain or Shine.
Admission $13, $8 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.
No reservations.

Friday, June 3, 7 p.m.
Concert: A Midsummer Serenade — Music to Greet the Solstice
“Midsummer,” as in the title of Shakespeare’s comic play, refers to the Summer Solstice, an estival  festival of ancient pagan rituals. Come hear songs of nature and sprites in both familiar and undeservedly forgotten period music sung by members of the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society – Anthony Bellov, Amy Gluck, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande – accompanied by pianist Jai Jeffryes. Delight in this musical interlude in the Museum’s landmark Greek Revival double parlor. Music by Rossini, Brahms, Fauré, Duparc, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, and others.
$25, $15 Members, Seniors, and Students. Reservations required.
Click here for tickets.

Sunday, June 12 (and Second Sunday of the Month: July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho

Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos — and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. You’ll walk the footsteps of these wealthy mercantile families whose elegant Federal mansions once lined the tranquil cobblestone streets. Our tour passes by iconic landmarks such as the imposing Colonnade Row, the Public Theater, and The Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his ‘right makes might’ speech. On the bustling Astor Place, imagine the drama of events that led to the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history. And visit the site of the scandalous 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes.
$10, FREE for Members.

NOTE: Tours are one hour and begin promptly.
Limited to 20 people (first come, first served). No reservations.
Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.

Friday, June 17, 7 p.m.
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 eight 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, 2015)
50 minutes. $25, $15 Members.
Click here for tickets.

Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 p.m.
Illustrated lecture: The Irish Bridget
With Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan
In collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
Who was the Irish Bridget? What relevance does her story have to the history of Irish immigration to America? Learn the answers to these questions in Margaret Lynch-Brennan’s presentation “The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930” which is based on her book of the same name. Lynch-Brennan will use photographs and personal letters the Irish Bridgets wrote to one another to give insight into the lives of these young immigrant girls. She will discuss their work life, their social life, the impact they had on Irish-American life, and their contribution to American ethnic history, labor history and women’s history. Lynch-Brennan will also explore the relevance of the Irish Bridget’s story to contemporary American life, in which domestic service is again populated by female immigrants, and immigration is once more controversial.
Free. Reservations necessary and available through GVSHP in May.

NOTE LOCATION: Church of St. Brigid, 119 Avenue B (SE corner of East 8th Street) Built in 1848 by Irish immigrants for those fleeing the Great Famine.
Margaret Lynch-Brennan earned a Ph.D. in American History from the University at Albany (SUNY) in 2002. Her research focuses on Irish immigrants, particularly Irish immigrant women. She published essays in three books; presented at conferences in the United States, Ireland, Australia and Germany; and is a consultant to museums regarding the interpretation of Irish immigrants. Her book, The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930, remains the only book published on the topic.

This Public Scholars event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Saturday, June 25, 3:30 p.m.
A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants with Bridget Murphy
Join us for a back-stairs tour of the Merchant’s House and explore the world of the Irish immigrants who worked as domestic servants for the Tredwell family. You’ll climb the narrow staircase to the fourth-floor servants’ quarters and see where the Tredwells’ four Irish servants lived and did some of their work, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in New York City” (Time Out New York). In the kitchen, you’ll meet 19-year-old Bridget Murphy, who worked for the Tredwells in the 1850s. What did the servants do on their day off? Where did they shop? Go to church? How did they find employment when they first arrived? Bridget will tell you why it would have been impossible to run a home like the Merchant’s House without her.
Included with General Admission. Reservations not required.

JULY EVENTS

Thursday, July 7, 14, 21, 28, until 8 p.m.
SUMMER EVENINGS in the GARDEN
Guided Tour, 6:30 p.m. Light Refreshments. Rain or Shine.
Admission $13, $8 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.
No reservations.

July 10 (and Second Sunday of the Month: August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho

Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos — and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. You’ll walk the footsteps of these wealthy mercantile families whose elegant Federal mansions once lined the tranquil cobblestone streets. Our tour passes by iconic landmarks such as the imposing Colonnade Row, the Public Theater, and The Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his ‘right makes might’ speech. On the bustling Astor Place, imagine the drama of events that led to the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history. And visit the site of the scandalous 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes.
$10, FREE for Members.

NOTE: Tours are one hour and begin promptly.
Limited to 20 people (first come, first served). No reservations.
Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.

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.