“Spirited” Events

19th Century Death  & Mourning
at the Merchant’s House 2018

memento mori

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED unless otherwise noted. 
These events SELL OUT. Advanced online purchase highly recommended.
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Thursday, October 4 – Monday, November 5
A Good Death: 19th Century Lessons in Dying Well

Including rarely exhibited items of Tredwell family mourning dress and accessories from the collection.

Poignant recreated scenes of death and grief in the house explore 19th century customs of dying, bereavement, and remembrance. Pay your last respects at family patriarch Seabury Tredwell’s deathbed upstairs, then join in the mourning in the double parlor, hung with black crepe and set with a coffin for his funeral. And see how the dead were memorialized by the still living. In the 20th century, many of these customs disappeared; today, many are making a resurgence as a Good Death takes on new meaning.

NEW this year! 19th century postmortem portraiture from The Burns Archive and 21st century neo-conceptual artist Heide Hatry‘s posthumous portraits created out of human ash.

We invite you to stage your own pre-postmortem photograph in our 19th century coffin. Then share with your friends on Instagram and Twitter #mhmcoffin2018.

Included with regular admission; reservations not required.


Illustration by SJ Costello

Illustration by SJ Costello

NEW this year!
Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Walking Tour: Edgar Allan Poe in Greenwich Village

With Boroughs of the Dead
Join us on a two-hour literary and historical walking tour that traces a path into Edgar Allan Poe’s life in Greenwich Village in the 1840s, where the author lived and worked at the height of his fame — before plunging irrevocably into the final, abysmal chapter of his short life. On this tour, you will visit the site his former home, learn of his contemporary rivals and admirers, and see where he wrote some of his most famous stories and poems. Interweaving some of his most famous tales with Greenwich Village’s macabre secret histories, this tour is guaranteed to enthrall fans of Poe’s literary grotesques while honoring his legacy in New York City.

This tour is approximately 2 hours in duration and approximately 1.5 miles in length. Runs rain or shine. Tour ends near West Third Street.

$25. Limited capacity. Reservations required.


photo by Hal Hirshorn

Sunday, October 14, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
“Sacred to the Memory:” 1865 Funeral Reenactment
In the 19th century, death and funerals took place at home. Join us in the Museum’s double parlor as we recreate the 1865 funeral service of family patriarch Seabury Tredwell.

NEW this year! After the funeral service, you’re invited to experience living (and dying) history at the Merchant’s House. Eliza Tredwell, assisted by her children, will receive guests in her bedroom upstairs. Come pay your respects to the grieving widow and talk with her about how death and dying were a natural and ever-present part of daily life.

In the double parlor, the Rev. Samuel Cooke will discuss funeral customs (undertaking was a relatively new occupation; this task would have fallen to Rev. Cooke himself). And in the kitchen, Bridget Murphy will pass out funeral biscuits and tell visitors just how much extra work a funeral made for the servants.

Mourners may also tour the museum and view the current exhibition, A Good Death: 19th Century Lessons in Dying Well. And stage their own pre-postmortem photograph in our 19th century coffin. Then share with your friends on Instagram and Twitter #mhmcoffin2018.

$35, $25 MHM Members. 19th century costumes encouraged.

New York City Marble Cemetery is participating in Open House New York 2018. The cemetery is open to the public on Sunday, October 14, 12 to 5 p.m., should you wish to visit before the funeral reenactment.  Visit www.ohny.org and www.nycmc.org for more information.


Danse Macabre

Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m.
Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt
Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins haunt the lyrics of the 19th century. Come be spooked by these harrowing tales as the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society bewitches your imagination and sings shivers down your spine, echoing sumptuous, rarely performed songs in an authentic period parlor. Singers Anthony Bellov, Amy Gluck, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande. Music by Schubert, Liszt, Debussy, Duparc, Loewe, Mussorgsky, Humperdinck, and others.
75 minutes. $30, $20 MHM Members. Limited capacity.


Manhattan's Most Haunted House

“#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC”
TimeOut New York

Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20 
Wednesday, October 24 – Tuesday, October 30 
Candlelight Ghost Tours of ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ (The New York Times)
Updated with the latest eerie happenings!

50-minute tours begin every half hour from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
ALL tours include 4th Floor Servants’ Quarters!

Seven family members died in the house; their funerals were held in the double 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 unsettling occurrences, all from the people who actually experienced them.
$40, $25 MHM Members. Ghost tours SELL OUT quickly!


Dead of Night

NEW this year!
Midnight, Friday, October 19 & 26; Saturday, October 20 & 27

Dead-of-Night Candlelight Ghost Tour & Investigation
With Paranormal Investigator Dan Sturges

On this special midnight candlelight ghost tour, join renowned paranormal investigator Dan Sturges on a real-time ghost hunt of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House.” Mr. Sturges will lead you through the house at the darkest hour, discussing his methodology and sharing some of his most chilling experiences and eeriest findings. At the end of the tour, you can flex your own ghost-hunting muscles and see whether you capture any mysterious and otherworldly phenomena.
Tour is 75 minutes; capacity strictly limited to 18.
Doors open at 11:50 p.m.; NO LATE ENTRY once the tour begins at midnight.

$100, $90 MHM Members.


reimagine end of life

Saturday, October 27 – Saturday, November 3
Reimagine End of Life New York
A week exploring big questions about life and death. Join us for a community-wide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation. Drawing on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design, Reimagine End of Life is a week long series of events that break down taboos and bring diverse communities together in wonder, preparation, and remembrance. Reimagine End of Life envisions a world in which we are all able to reflect on why we’re here, prepare for a time when we won’t be, and live fully right up until the end. Click here for events and more information.


An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

NEW this year!
October 12 – October 31
Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe:
Murder at the Merchant’s House

Join us in the museum’s 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 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; tickets $18. Click here for performance schedule and more information.


RESERVATIONS REQUIRED unless otherwise noted.
These events SELL OUT. Advanced online purchase highly recommended.
Click here to purchase tickets.