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
October 20, 21, 26-30 / tickets go on sale mid-August
Third Friday of the month, January – July

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

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS  Click here

AUGUST EVENTS

Thursday, until 8 p.m., August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
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.
Reservations not required.

Wednesday, August 16, 6:30 p.m.
Illustrated Talk:
The Merchant’s Misfortune: Merchant’s House Museum – A Tale of Survival
With Michael Devonshire
Co-sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Built in 1832, the Merchant’s House at 29 East 4th Street is the City’s only family home to have survived intact – inside and out – from the 19th century. Home to a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants for almost 100 years and open as a museum since 1936, the late-Federal and Greek Revival Merchant’s House is considered one of the finest surviving examples of domestic architecture from the period.

The Merchant’s House was the first building in Manhattan designated a landmark in 1965 and now also one of only 117 interior landmarks in the city. The Landmarks Law in 1965 may have saved it from the wrecker’s ball, but not the inevitable ravages of time.

Michael Devonshire, Director of Conservation at the firm Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, which has overseen all restoration work on the building since 1990, will present a detailed restoration history of this remarkable historic house. He is also a commissioner at the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Free; reservations required: rsvp@gvshp.org
LOCATION: Salmagundi Club
47 5th Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets

Friday, August 18, 6:30 p.m.
Open Mic Nite in the Garden
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 the garden all abloom. 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.
Upcoming Open Mic Nites: September 15

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Thursday, until 8 p.m., September 7, 14, 21, 28
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.
Reservations not required.

Sunday, September 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. Next walking tour: Sunday, October 8.

Friday, September 15, 6:30 p.m.
Open Mic Nite in the Garden
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 the garden all abloom. 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.

Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Benefit in the Garden: A CALL TO ARMS
Please join us for cocktails and wines, hors d’oeuvres, tours of the house, and music in our 19th century garden.
We need your support! This is our last chance to stop the development next door.
All proceeds will go to paying for legal and engineering expenses to defeat the developers’ application for special permits to build an eight-story hotel adjacent to the 185-year-old landmark (inside and out) Merchant’s House.
Host Sponsor: Fairfax & Sammons Architects
Click here to purchase tickets. 

Saturday, September 30, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Behind-the-Ropes –
Insider’s Tour of the Merchant’s House: 
Ornamental Plaster
Join us for another in our series of rare off-hours tours of the 1832 Merchant’s House, one of only 117 buildings designated both an interior and exterior landmark in New York City. We’ll gather in the period kitchen for coffee and an overview of the history and architecture of the house, then proceed “behind the ropes,” focusing our tour on the exquisite ornamental plaster details, among the finest surviving from the 19th century in the United States. We’ll discuss the finer points of construction and design of ceiling medallions, cornices, and other unique details including rooms not open to the public.

About presenter Anthony Bellov: Bachelor’s in Architecture from Pratt Institute, Graduate in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, long-time volunteer and board member of the Merchant’s House Museum and an aficionado in 19th Century American Decorative Arts and Architecture.

$30, $25 Members; click here to purchase tickets. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, September 30, 6:30 p.m.
Documentary Film Screening and Discussion
In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye
More to come …

OCTOBER EVENTS

Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21
Thursday, October 26 to Monday, October 30
Candlelight Ghost Tours

Of ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ (The New York Times)
Updated with the latest eerie happenings!
 Seven family members died in the house; their funerals were held in the front parlor hung with black crepe. We invite you to venture into the dark and ghostly shadows of history by flickering candlelight to hear chilling tales of restless phantoms, voices calling into the night, and otherworldly occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.
50-minute tours begin every half hour from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Tickets go on sale mid-August.

 

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.