Calendar of Events

MUSEUM HOURS
Thursday, 12 to 8 p.m. (January – September), 12 to 5 p.m. (October – December)
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.
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, January – July, November Click here for more information.
And OCTOBER Click here for tickets and information

WALKING TOURS OF 19TH CENTURY NOHO
Second and Fourth Sunday of the month, March – November
Click here for more information.

EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

SEPTEMBER

Through Monday, September 23
Exhibition –
Our Stuff, Ourselves: An Intimate Look at the Tredwells’ Private Lives

On display: a selection of the Tredwells’ personal items from the collection, a doorway into their private lives that reveal the tastes, interests, and values of a prosperous merchant family in 19th century New York. What does your 21st century living space say about you?
Free with admission.

Sunday, September 22, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
(Second & Fourth Sunday of Every Month)
Tour is one hour and begins outside the Museum.
$15; FREE for Members. Click here for tickets and more information.
Upcoming walking tours: October 13 and 27.

The Merchant’s House Museum will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, for that evening’s performance of Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe.

September 24 – November 3
Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: Murder at the Merchant’s House

Join us in the Tredwells’ Greek Revival double parlor as the masterful John Kevin Jones takes on the 19th century master of horror Edgar Allan Poe performing The Tell-Tale HeartThe Cask of Amontillado, and The Raven, as Poe himself did at the literary salons of the period. The double parlor will be appropriately dressed for death with a coffin and mirrors veiled in black crepe. It will be a bone-chilling evening of irrational revenge, obsession and premeditated murder, dismemberment, and the very, very dark.

Presented in association with Summoners Ensemble Theatre.
Limited engagement; click here for tickets and more information.

Thursday, September 26 – Monday, November 4
Exhibition – Death, Mourning, and the Hereafter in Mid-19th Century New York
Including 19th century mourning attire and accessories from the Tredwell Collection.
In March 1865, family patriarch Seabury Tredwell died in his upstairs bedroom; his wake and funeral were held in the double parlor, shrouded in black crepe. Grief was not unique to the Tredwell family that year. The Civil War had ended, with more than 600,000 dead, and President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination plunged the nation into a period of unprecedented public mourning. The overwhelming sense of grief and loss led to heightened interest in Spiritualism, as survivors attempted to contact their dearly departed through seances and mediums.

Poignant scenes throughout the house explore 19th century customs surrounding death, a time, unlike today, when death and mourning were pervasive and integral parts of life; dying and funerals took place at home; rituals of mourning helped the bereaved cope with the ever-present anguish of death; and Spiritualism offered hope of a Hereafter.

Pay your last respects at Seabury Tredwell’s deathbed upstairs, then join in the mourning in the double parlor set with a coffin for his wake and funeral. And, in “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House,” discover why our fascination with spirits, ghosts, and the Hereafter endures to this day. (If you see something, say something!)

New this year! On Saturday afternoons, the newly-widowed Eliza Tredwell (portrayed by a costumed interpreter) will greet guests and answer questions about life and death in the 19th century.

Included with regular admission; reservations not required.

OCTOBER

The Merchant’s House Museum will close at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in October, November, and December. Thursday evening hours resume January 2020.

Sunday, October 13, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
Tour is one hour and begins outside the Museum.
$15; FREE for Members. Click here for tickets and more information.
Upcoming walking tours: October 27, November 10 and 24.

2019 “Spirited” Events
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  • Death, Mourning, and the Hereafter in mid-19th Century New York Exhibition Open September 26 – November 4
  • Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: Murder at the Merchant’s House September 24 – October 13
  • Doings of Gotham: Edgar Allan Poe in New York City Monday, October 7, 6:30 p.m.
  • Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt – Tuesday, October 15, 7 p.m.
  • Candlelight Ghost Tours October 17-19, 23-26, 28-30, tours run every half hour, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Dead-of-Night Candlelight Tour with Paranormal Investigator Dan Sturges – Saturday, October 19 & 26, midnight
  • “Sacred to the Memory:” 1865 Funeral Reenactment – Sunday, October 27, 3:30 p.m.
  • Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: Murder at the Merchant’s House – October 31 – November 3

The Merchant’s House Museum will close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, for that afternoon’s 1865 Funeral Reenactment.

Sunday, October 27, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
Tour is one hour and begins outside the Museum.
$15; FREE for Members. Click here for tickets and more information.
Upcoming walking tours: November 10 and 24.

 

TOURS

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

Guided House Tour
2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Thursday; 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
(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. 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.

Candlelight Ghost Tour
Third Friday of each month, January to July
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into the shadows of history to see “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (NY Times) by flickering candlelight. Eight family members died in the house — and some say they never left. On this 50-minute tour, you’ll hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them, as well as the spine-tingling results of ongoing paranormal investigations. Reservations required.

Walking Tour of 19th Century Noho
Second and Fourth Sunday of each month, March to November
Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to 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. Reservations recommended.