Calendar of Events

COVID-19 Update

In response to heightened concerns relating to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and as a matter of care for the health and safety of our volunteers, staff, and visitors, the Merchant’s House Museum is closed until further notice.

For “At Home” Exhibitions, Tours, Talks, and Programs,
all Online, at a Social Distance
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Several lectures planned for April and May have been rescheduled and will be held online, via Zoom. Click here for more information.


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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.

MONTHLY CANDLELIGHT GHOST TOURS
Third Friday, January – July. Click here for more information.

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

APRIL EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

Sunday, April 12, 12:30 p.m. CANCELLED
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho 
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.
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.
Next walking tours: April 26; May 10, 24; June 7, 21; July 12, 26.

Friday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. CANCELLED
“April Is the Cruellest Month” Candlelight Ghost Tour
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. $30, $20 Member
Next Ghost Tours: May 15, June 19, July 17

Sunday, April 26, 12:30 p.m. CANCELLED
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho 
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.
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.
Next walking tours: May 10, 24; June 7, 21; July 12, 26.

Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m. POSTPONED. NEW DATE TBA.
Illustrated Talk
Aegean Breezes: Greek Revival Architecture in America and New York, 1800-1840
Reception in the Garden Follows
Join us for a wide-ranging look at what we call the “Greek Revival” in American architecture, a phenomenon much more complex than the simplistic name suggests. We will look at the origins of “Neoclassicism” in 17th and 18th century European architecture and archaeology, and its migration across the Atlantic in the 18th and early 19th centuries, at the works of such architects in America as Latrobe, Mills, Strickland, Town, Davis, and Walter, and at Greek Revival New York, including the adaptation of the Greek temple to the humble row house.

In New York, we will discuss Sailors’ Snug Harbor, La Grange Terrace, the Custom House of 1833-42, 1-13 Washington Square North, and several other works, not least 29 East 4th St., the Merchant’s House Museum, an unrivaled resource for the study of Neoclassicism in urban domestic architecture in America. The lavishly illustrated lecture will help to place the Merchant’s House in its proper context in architectural history.

After the talk, join Francis Morrone for a reception in the Museum’s 19th century garden.

A collaboration with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
$60 General Public, $40 MHM & ICAA Members.
To Benefit the Legal Fund
Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Francis Morrone is an architectural historian and the author of twelve books, including “Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes” (W.W. Norton, 2013) and, with Henry Hope Reed, “The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building” (W.W. Norton, 2011), as well as architectural guidebooks to Philadelphia and to Brooklyn. His “History of the East Village and Its Architecture” was published in 2019 by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation through a grant from the Preservation League of New York State. He is the recipient of the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, the Landmarks Lion Award of the Historic Districts Council, and New York University’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Travel and Leisure Magazine named him one of the thirteen best tour guides in the world.

APRIL EXHIBITIONS

Thursday, January 30, through Monday, May 4
Sylvia:  A 19th Century Life Unveiled
In 2002, a small, timeworn leather trunk was discarded for garbage on a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan; it was found replete with the cherished keepsakes of a 19th century New York City woman. Thus began visual artist Stacy Renee Morrison’s self-proclaimed love affair with Sylvia DeWolf Ostrander, whose early life parallels that of Gertrude Tredwell, who lived at 29 East 4th Street.

For almost two decades, Ms. Morrison has been on an obsessive quest to weave together Sylvia’s life in the 19th century through the personal belongings she left behind — and to re-imagine it in today’s world through art and fashion.

This is the first time Sylvia’s trunk and its treasured contents will be exhibited in public.  On display, an invitation to a ball honoring the Prince of Wales in 1860, letters from the Civil War, Sylvia’s journals, mourning jewelry made of human hair, paper dolls, and other ephemera. Photographs and screen-printed clothing illustrate Sylvia’s life in the present as the artist’s muse.

Stacy Renee Morrison is a visual artist who often forgets what century it is.  She finds herself haunted by women who lived their lives well before her own and creates visual biographies of their pasts.  When Stacy is fully present in the 21st century she teaches in the BFA Photography and Video Department and MFA Visual Narrative Departments at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

“I imagine backwards; an apparition in her bygone era.
She visits me in the present as the girl of my dreams.”

TOURS

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

Guided House Tours
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.