Calendar of Events
Can’t make it live for one of our Virtual Events?
The day after the event, ticket-holders will receive
a link to the recording, valid for one week.
Proof of vaccination is now required to visit the Merchant’s House,
as mandated by New York City’s Key to NYC program.
Celebrating 85 Years as a Museum
Thursdays in September, 5 to 8 p.m.
Summer Evenings in the Garden!
The Merchant’s House is OPEN on Thursday evenings until 5 to 8 p.m. Come enjoy a glass of wine in our 19th century garden in bloom. Self-guided tours throughout the evening; a Guided Tour is offered at 6 p.m., first come, first served. $15, FREE for Members. Reservations not required; click here to pre-book tickets.
Thursday, September 9, 6 p.m. Canceled due to rain.
Music in the Garden
Jazz flutist Cheryl Pyle performs solo flute improvisations in our lush 19th century garden. Included with museum admission.
Sunday, September 12 & 26, 12:30 p.m.
In-Person Walking Tour of 19th Century NoHo: A Century of Change
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Friday, September 24, 6 p.m.
“Sylvia: A 19th Century Life Unveiled” – Artist Talk & Reading
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, Sylvia DeWolf Ostrander. In January 2020, an exhibition of Sylvia’s trunk and its treasured contents opened to the public. It closed just a month later due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Join visual artist Stacy Renee Morrison for an artist talk about the exhibition and her reimagining of Sylvia’s life through photographs and screen-printed clothing, along with a short reading from her revealing 19th century journals.
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 School of Visual Arts in New York City.
FREE. This event is at capacity.
Sylvia: A 19th Century Life Unveiled is an in-person event with limited capacity. Masks and proof of vaccination are required. This program is made possible by a generous grant from the New York City Artist Corps.
Tuesday, September 28, 6:30 p.m.
In the Spirit of Science: Researching the Paranormal Using the Scientific Method
September is all about SEEING THE INVISIBLE
A Virtual Event via Zoom
SEEING THE INVISIBLE This month, join Dan and Dr. Lee for a history of scientific discoveries that made the unseen, seen, and in so doing, brought phenomena from the fringes of science into the mainstream.
Inexplicable occurrences have been reported at the Merchant’s House since 1933, when the last surviving family member died in the house. In March 2020, when the Museum closed due to COVID-19 and the house was empty of staff and visitors, paranormal investigator Dan Sturges and neuroscientist Dr. Lee began conducting extensive research based on the scientific method, using specialized equipment custom-built for the house. Through unbiased observation and systematic experimentation, their research is building a better understanding of the strange and fascinating phenomena observed at the Merchant’s House.
$10, FREE for MHM Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
In the Spirit of Science is a virtual event. You will receive a confirmation email from Zoom within 15 minutes of placing your order, and a reminder email one hour before the event.
Wednesday, October 13, 6 p.m.
Haunted History: Spirits of the Merchant’s House, Past & Present
A Virtual Ghost Tour and Q&A
Inexplicable and unsettling occurrences began immediately after Gertrude, the last surviving member of the Tredwell family, died in the house, in 1933. They haven’t stopped.
We invite you to venture into the dark and ghostly shadows of history – virtually, from the safety of your home – to hear true stories of the strange and chilling happenings over the Museum’s eight decades. You’ll also learn about the methods and findings of past paranormal investigations – and the startling results of current research conducted in 2020, while the museum was closed due to COVID-19. The house was empty – or was it?
After the presentation, join paranormal investigator Dan Sturges for a Q&A.
$13, free MHM Members; click here to purchase tickets.
Haunted History is a virtual event. You will receive a confirmation email from Zoom within 15 minutes of placing your order, and a reminder email one hour before the event.
Tuesday, October 19, 6 p.m.
‘Death Cannot Make Our Souls Afraid’: 19th Century Mourning Customs
A Virtual Talk with Museum Historian Ann Haddad
Grief was more than just an emotion for Americans during the 19th century — it was a way of life. The moment Seabury Tredwell drew his last breath, in March 1865, his family put into motion an elaborate system of mourning customs that both announced their grief to the community and provided some measure of release from their suffering.
Join Museum Historian Ann Haddad to explore the origins and significance of these somber yet comforting rituals, from widows’ weeds and crepe-draped mirrors to corpse coolers and funeral biscuits. $13, free MHM Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
‘Death Cannot Make Our Souls Afraid’ is a virtual event. You will receive a confirmation email from Zoom within 15 minutes of placing your order, and a reminder email one hour before the event.
Thursday, October 28; Friday, October 29; Saturday, October 30
Candlelight Ghost Tours of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”
50 minute tours run every half hour, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” by flickering candlelight to hear chilling – and true – tales of decades of otherworldly activity in the house, the results of years of paranormal investigations – and the latest stunning scientific findings.
The Tredwell family lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years, and at least eight people died in the house. Reports of strange and inexplicable occurrences have been widespread since Gertrude, the last surviving Tredwell, died in 1933. Is it Gertrude who is watching over her family home? Join us on a Candlelight Tour and decide for yourself. $45; $35 MHM Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Candlelight Ghost Tours are an a in-person event. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. Very limited capacity. Children under 12 not permitted on Candlelight Ghost Tours.
Thursday, October 28; Friday, October 29; Saturday, October 30, 10:30 p.m.
SUPER SPOOKY Candlelight Ghost Tour with Paranormal Investigator Dan Sturges
Last year, the museum closed due to COVID-19, leaving the house empty of staff and visitors. Dan Sturges, who has undertaken paranormal investigations at the Merchant’s House for 14 years, teamed up with neuroscientist Dr. Lee to conduct scientific research using specialized equipment custom-built for the house. Mounting fact-based evidence points to the very likely reality of paranormal activity at the Merchant’s House.
Join paranormal investigator Dan Sturges on a 90-minute Super Spooky Candlelight Ghost Tour for an in-depth look at the latest research and findings. $65; $55 MHM Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Candlelight Ghost Tours are an in-person event. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. Very limited capacity. Children under 12 not permitted on Candlelight Ghost Tours.
WALKING TOURS / Second & Fourth Sundays, 12:30 p.m.
In-Person & Socially Distanced
September 12 & 26, October 10 & 24, November 14 & 28
Walking Tour –
19th Century NoHo: A Century of Change
Join us for a socially distanced journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to wealthy merchant families like the Tredwells. You’ll see how the neighborhood surrounding the Merchant’s House evolved from a refined and tranquil residential enclave into a busy commercial and cultural center during the 19th century.
Stops include Colonnade Row, home to the Astors, Delanos, and Vanderbilts; the Astor Library, now the Public Theater; Tompkins Market, where the Tredwells bought their food; and bustling Astor Place, site of the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history.
And what’s a plunge into the past without a little scandal? You’ll visit 31 Bond Street, where Dr. Harvey Burdell was murdered (and still unsolved!) in 1857, a sure sign of a changing neighborhood.
Walking Tours are in-person events. Tour meets outside the museum and lasts one hour.
Capacity is strictly limited and masks are required for all participants over age 2.
$20; FREE for Members. Click here to purchase tickets. Click here to become a Member.