Calendar of Events

Thursday, 12 to 8 p.m.
Friday – Monday, 12 to 5 p.m.
(Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and major holidays.)

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.

Third Friday of the month, November, January – July

Second Sunday of the month, March – November



Thursday, November 2, through Monday, January  8
Exhibition –
Charles 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, Charles Dickens in New York, 1867
Starring John Kevin Jones as Mr. Dickens.

Limited run, November 30-January  31.  Click here for tickets and for more information.

Friday, November 17, 6:30 & 7p.m. SOLD OUT
Pre-Thanksgiving Candlelight Ghost Tour of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”
Haunted by the prospect of your relatives at Thanksgiving? Join us on a Candlelight Ghost Tour to get in the mood. 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 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. $30, $25 Members.

“#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York, 2015 & 2016)

OPENS Friday, November 24, through Monday, January 8
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.
Free with museum admission.


5th SMASH Year!
Limited engagement November 30 to January 31.
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.
Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

“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”
“Masterful storytelling” and a “tour de force”

Celebrating 100 Years on Lower Fifth Avenue: The Salmagundi Club, 1917-2017
Holiday Open House, 
Sunday, December 10, 2 to 6 p.m.
47 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street)

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the elegant brownstone facade of 47 Fifth Avenue, built in 1853 for wealthy coal merchant Irad Hawley?  This year, the Salmagundi Club, founded in 1871 and one of the oldest art organizations in the country, marks 100 years in this landmark double-wide house. You are invited to venture up the high stoop for the club’s first-ever Open House. Enjoy food, drink, music, festive holiday decorations – and good company. Explore the club’s three art galleries, wood-paneled library, the Hawley’s original 19th-century dressing rooms, the vintage bar, and the double parlor with its exquisite ornamental plaster work. View historic artists’ palettes and mugs (featured on Antiques Roadshow), the club’s 22 fireplaces, as well as the historic Thumb Box Show, comprised of hundreds of small paintings by some of today’s prominent realist painters. Discover hidden original details rarely on view. Docents will be stationed throughout the house, offering unique insights into the history of this Village institution.

Free. RSVP required.
Co-sponsored by the Salmagundi Club and the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation.
This event is not fully accessible.


NEW YEAR’S DAY, Monday, 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, FREE for Members. Click here to purchase tickets.


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.