Calendar of Events
DAILY GUIDED TOURS
SUNDAY WALKING TOURS
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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS Click here for more information.
Through Monday, January 11
At the Tredwells’ Table: Highlights from the Collection
Christmas Comes to Old New York: Holiday Traditions of the Tredwell Family
Charles Dickens Performs A Christmas Carol in New York, December 1867
Wednesday, December 2, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve.
Return engagement of
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.
NEW this year! Toast the season before the performance with mulled wine 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”
Limited engagement December 10 to December 24
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“Masterful storytelling” and a “tour de force”
“Stays true to Dickens’s voice”
“Perfectly suited to the season”
NEW YEAR’S DAY, Friday, 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. Click here to purchase tickets.
OPENS Thursday, January 14, through Monday, March 17
Exhibition – The Tredwells’ Books Collection and the Changing 19th Century Culture of Books
Friday, January 15, 7 p.m.
Dark Days of Winter Candlelight Ghost Tour
of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”
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 The New York Times called “Manhattan’s Most Haunted”) by flickering candlelight and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.
50 minutes. $25, $15 Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Saturday, January 16, 3 p.m.
Exhibition Talk -
Tredwell Costume Collection/One-piece Silk Plaid Dress, 1848-1854
Through Friday, January 22
With Pamela Long, Textile Conservator
Friday, January 22, 6:30 p.m.
Open Mic Nite in the Parlor
Our 2015 Open Mic Nite evenings were such a success, we’re making them a regular thing in 2016.
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. Reservations are not necessary.
Monday, January 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
St. Marks Is Dead: Book Talk with Author Ada Calhoun
A collaboration with the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation
In this idiosyncratic work of narrative history, enriched by more than 200 interviews and dozens of rare images, St. Marks native Ada Calhoun traces the 400-year history of the area—organized around pivotal moments when yet another group of denizens declared, “St. Marks is Dead.” And yet, Calhoun shows how the street continues to provide each new generation of rebels with a place to call home.
Calhoun has been a crime reporter for the New York Post, a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, a theater critic for New York magazine, and a ghostwriter or co-author of seven books for major publishers, including four bestsellers.
Admission is Free, but reservations are required. Click here to make a reservation.
NOTE LOCATION: Theater 80, 80 St. Marks Place
Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 p.m.
Illustrated lecture: The 19th Century City and the Book
Architectural historian Francis Morrone has for the last several years been studying the history of New York as a center of American book culture–publishing, printing, bookselling, libraries, and book reviewing. In this illustrated lecture, he will discuss the neighborhood of the Merchant’s House in a fascinating chapter of its varied history, when it was a center of bibliophily. The talk will cover DeVinne Press (right at our corner), the Astor Library, the Mercantile Library, Bible House, and the fabled Book Row on Fourth Avenue, the origins of Barnes & Noble (at The Cooper Union), Dodd, Mead, Brentano’s, and more.
A collaboration with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Reception follows the lecture.
$20 General Public, $10 MHM & ICAA Members. Seating is limited. Click here to purchase tickets.
Francis Morrone is a renowned architectural historian and writer. The author of eleven books, including, most recently, “Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes” (W.W. Norton, 2013). Morrone has also written highly-regarded architectural guidebooks to Philadelphia, and Brooklyn. His writings have appeared in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, City Journal, Humanities and the New York Sun, where he was an art and architecture critic. He teaches architectural and urban history at New York University, and is the recipient of the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Travel + Leisure magazine named him as one of the 13 best tour guides in the world. Other awards include the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.
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 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. (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.
Tours are one hour and begin promptly. Limited to 20 people (first come, first served).
Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.
19th Century Landmark Treasures of NoHo (12:30 p.m., Second Sunday of the Month)
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.
Promenaders will return to the Museum in time to take the 2 p.m. Guided Tour if they wish.
$10, $5 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.
This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Preservation Landmarks Law (April 19, 1965). All proceeds go directly to helping defray legal and engineering expenses incurred to protect the House from the impending construction next door. Learn more here.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho (11 a.m., Third Sunday of the 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, $5 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.