Calendar of Events

MUSEUM HOURS
Thursday, 12 to 8 p.m.
Friday – Monday, 12 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.
Note: A Self-Guided Tour Booklet is available for those who wish to tour the house at their own pace.

CANDLELIGHT GHOST TOURS
Third Friday of the month, November, January – July

WALKING TOURS OF 19TH CENTURY NOHO
Second Sunday of the month, March – November

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS  Click here

APRIL EVENTS

Friday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. 
“April is the Cruellest Month” Candlelight Ghost Tour
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)
50 minutes. $30, $20 Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: May 18, June 15, July 20.

Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. SOLD OUT
Behind-the-Ropes: Insiders’ Tours of the Merchant’s House
Join us for the last in a series of rare off-hours tours of the Merchant’s House. We’ll gather in the 1850s kitchen for coffee and a focused overview of the landmark Merchant’s House and its intact collection of more than 3,000 objects owned by the Tredwell family. We’ll then tour the house, including the rarely seen bedrooms on the 3rd floor (now staff offices), even peek up into the attic and open locked doors … and more. From late Federal to Greek Revival; Duncan Phyfe to Rococo Revival; whale oil to gas to kerosene, you’ll gain new insight and perspectives on these unique insider’s tours, learning about changing period styles and technologies and how they reflect the attitudes and values of the merchant class in mid-19th century New York City.

Changing Tastes in 19th Century Furniture
In the final tour of this series, we’ll discuss the finer points of the original Tredwell family collection of furniture and what it tells us about both the tastes and values of Antebellum New Yorkers and how growing international connections made lasting impact on design, trade, and international relations.

About presenter Anthony Bellov: Bachelor of Architecture, Pratt Institute; graduate, Museum Leadership program, Bank Street College; certified New York State real estate instructor/lecturer; long-time volunteer and board member of the Merchant’s House Museum, and an aficionado in 19th century American decorative arts and architecture.

Limited to 20 participants.
$30, $25 Members. SOLD OUT! If you would like to be added to the wait list, email nyc1832@merchantshouse.org

MAY EVENTS

Wednesday, May 2, 6 p.m.
Members Only Exhibition Preview & Tour
Tredwell Brides: Changing Wedding Traditions in the 19th Century
Reservations nyc1832@merchantshouse.org         

Opens Thursday, May 3, through Monday, July 30
Exhibition –
Tredwell Brides: Changing Wedding Traditions in the 19th Century
Over the course of the 1800s, weddings in New York City evolved from intimate private ceremonies to large, lavish affairs. This exhibition explores the changes in wedding customs as the 19th century progressed, including the trousseau, printed invitations, and the giving of gifts. Highlights include Eliza Tredwell’s 1820 empire-style embroidered cotton wedding dress and Sarah Ann Tredwell’s 1872 silk bridal dress made in Paris, the highest fashion of the post-Civil War bustle period. Accessories include silk wedding boots, and earrings, corsage, and headpiece of wax orange blossoms.
FREE with Admission    

Friday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.
Mind Reading and Mysticism at the Merchant’s House with Mentalist Kent Axell
Join renowned mentalist Kent Axell in the Tredwell family’s Greek Revival double parlor as he takes us back in time 150 years to experience mind reading, magic, and mystery.  In the mid-19th century, New Yorkers like the Tredwells hosted neighbors and friends in their home to showcase the latest in mysticism and psychic entertainments.

Spiritualism, the belief that the living can talk to the dead, had become a phenomenon in 1848 thanks to the now-infamous Fox sisters and grew as a popular form of parlor entertainment. Whether he answers your sealed questions, reads your mind — or controls it — you’re guaranteed to feel the haunting touch of one of history’s most obscure, and awe-inspiring, art forms.
Capacity is very limited. $40, $50 VIP Seats (first two rows), $30 MHM Members. Click here to purchase tickets.

Sunday, May 13, 12:30 p.m. (Mother’s Day)
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho (Second Sunday of Every Month)
Invite Mom on
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 see how the neighborhood surrounding the Tredwells’ home evolved from a refined and tranquil residential enclave into a busy commercial center. Visit important 19th century landmark buildings on this tour through 21st century NoHo.

And what’s a plunge into the past without a little scandal? 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 notorious 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes!

Tour is one hour and begins 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.
$15; FREE for Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Upcoming walking tours: June 10, July 8.

Friday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. 
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 hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.
“#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York)
50 minutes. $30, $20 Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: June 15, July 20.

JUNE EVENTS

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Concert: “Oh, Promise Me!” – Songs of Love and Marriage
First comes love, then comes marriage … Wedding traditions blossomed in the 19th century when brides said “yes” to the white dress and “Here Comes the Bride” accompanied them down the aisle. Romantic songs such as “Oh, Promise Me!” brought poetry of Cupid and courtship to music salons and family parlors alike. Come hear the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society sing songs that inspired passions through the 19th and early 20th centuries. Music by Wagner, Schumann, Brahms, Taubert, Léhar, Irving Berlin, and others.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for guests who wish to view the current exhibition, Tredwell Brides: Changing Wedding Traditions in the 19th Century, which features Eliza Tredwell’s 1820 empire-style embroidered cotton wedding dress and Sarah Ann Tredwell’s 1872 silk bridal dress made in Paris.

75 minutes. Very limited capacity.
$30, VIP $40 (first two rows), $20 MHM Members.
Click here to purchase tickets.

Thursday, June 7, 14, 21, 28, until 8 p.m.
Summer Evenings in the Garden
Enjoy a glass of wine in our “secret” 19th century garden in bloom.
Guided Tour, 6:30 p.m. Light Refreshments. Rain or Shine.
Admission $15, $10 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.

Sunday, June 10, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho (Second Sunday of Every 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 see how the neighborhood surrounding the Tredwells’ home evolved from a refined and tranquil residential enclave into a busy commercial center. Visit important 19th century landmark buildings on this tour through 21st century NoHo.

And what’s a plunge into the past without a little scandal? 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 notorious 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes!

Tour is one hour and begins 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.
$15; FREE for Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Upcoming walking tours: July 8, August 13, September 9, October 14, November 11.

Friday, June 15, 6:30 p.m. 
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 hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.
“#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York)
50 minutes. $30, $20 Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: July 20.

 

DAILY GUIDED TOURS of the HOUSE

A Self-Guided Tour booklet is available for those who wish to tour the house on their own.

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.