Calendar of Events

All of our Virtual Events are recorded.
Free events are posted to the Museum’s YouTube page.
Ticket-holders for paid Virtual Events will receive an email with access to the recording.

Masks are required for all in-person events.

Most of our programs are offered free of charge.
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Wednesday, December 7, 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Tea Talks at the Salmagundi: Carl Raymond, In Conversation with John Kevin Jones
Co-sponsored by the Salmagundi Club and the Royal Oak Foundation
In celebration of the 10th season of John Kevin Jones’ annual performances of A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House, join host of The Gilded Gentleman history podcast Carl Raymond and Kevin for a very special discussion of the history and background of this beloved holiday tale. In addition, Kevin will discuss the process of transforming the story into a one man show which he presents in the guise of the immortal Mr. Dickens himself. Don’t miss this very special holiday treat, followed by a classic afternoon tea reception in the 1853 parlors of the Salmagundi Club. $25; reservations required. Tickets and information.

10th Anniversary! Limited Engagement, November 23 to December 29
A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House: Charles Dickens in New York, 1867
Presented in association with Summoners Ensemble Theatre
Join Mr. Dickens, portrayed by John Kevin Jones, as he tells his timeless Christmas tale in the elegant intact Greek Revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum. Surrounded by 19th century holiday decorations, flickering candles, and richly appointed period furnishings, audiences will be transported back 150 years in this captivating one-hour performance created from Dickens’ own script. Tickets and information.

Open through Sunday, January 8

Special Holiday Exhibition –
Christmas Comes to Old New York
Step back in time to the 1850s and join the Tredwell family for the holidays. Their elegant parlors are decorated with swags of evergreens, brilliant holly berries, white mistletoe, and red-leafed poinsettias – and a table top tree festooned with ribbons and candles.

Celebrate the season and discover how many of our modern holiday traditions, from table-top Christmas trees, to presents and stockings, Christmas carols and songs (and Santa Claus, too) originated in mid-19th century New York. Included with museum admission.

Warmth from the Hearth – 19th Century Holiday Stories for the Season of Light
Join us for storytelling of 19th-century holiday literature read by actor Dayle Vander Sande in our authentic 19th century parlor. These tales, by Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edward Payson Roe, Frank Stockton, and Helen Keller, among others, will be sure to get you in the mood at this most festive time of year. Dayle is a longtime museum volunteer and Director of the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society, the vocal arts group-in-residence at the Merchant’s House. Watch on YouTube.



Sunday, January 1, 2023, 3 p.m.
Virtual New Year’s Day 2023 Celebration!
Paying social calls on friends and family on the first day of the new year was one of Old New York’s most cherished customs. Join us – virtually – for good cheer to toast the New Year and learn how New Yorkers like the Tredwells celebrated the day.

In this immersive video experience, we’ll go back in time to the mid-19th century to meet the Tredwells and hear how they’ve been decking the house for New Year’s Day and preparing their lists of social calls. Join us as we continue the 19th century tradition of renewing, reviving, and reaffirming friendships that last the whole year through.

After the video, join Museum Historian Ann Haddad and the actors for a live Q&A. 45 minutes. FREE (suggested donation $10); register here.





New York Landmarks Conservancy’s I HEART NY Landmarks Contest