Calendar of Events

Can’t make it live for one of our Virtual Programs?
The day after the event, ticket-holders will receive
a link to the recording, valid for one week.

Masks and proof of vaccination is required for all in-person events,
as mandated by New York City’s Key to NYC program.

JANUARY

Wednesday, January 19, 1 p.m.
Old New York’s Best Preserved 1800s Home with Museum Historian Ann Haddad
A Virtual House Tour

Presented by New York Adventure Club
Join Museum Historian Ann Haddad to step back in time to 1835 to explore Old New York through the eyes of the Tredwell family and their four Irish servants. This virtual journey will include highlights of New York City life in 1835 (including its best and worst characteristics) and a look at the house from the ground to top floor, including its architectural details, how the rooms were used, social customs of the period, and original possessions belonging to the Tredwell family. $10; click here to register.
Please contact New York Adventure Club with questions about ticketing or access.


Friday, January 21, 6:30 p.m. CANCELED

Candlelight Ghost Tour of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times)
In Person!

Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where seven family members died and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. “#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York)
50-60 minutes. $30, $20 Members.
Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

 

Wednesday, January 26, 7 p.m.
An Interior Designer’s Perspective: Life, Customs, and Style in Mid-19th Century New York
A Virtual House Tour via Zoom
The miracle of the Merchant’s House is that it remains intact with the family’s original 19th century furniture, decorative arts, artwork, curtains and other textiles, encapsulating a moment in time. In this immersive video experience, you’ll follow interior designer and MHM volunteer docent Dennis McAvena through a unique portal of New York City’s design history. You’ll tour all five floors of this landmark late-Federal and Greek Revival rowhouse, exploring how the design of the period rooms, from the elegant to the utilitarian, reflected the family’s values and taste, and informed their use. A Q&A with host Dennis McAvena will follow the tour.
$10, FREE MHM Members; click here to purchase tickets.
You will receive a confirmation email from Zoom within 15 minutes of placing your order, and a reminder email one hour before the program.


Friday, January 28, 6:30 p.m.

In the Spirit of Science: Researching the Paranormal Using the Scientific Method
A Virtual Program via Zoom
Is There an Afterlife? Maybe.
Compelling Indicators That Occur at the Time of Death

Talking about death is not a popular topic in Western cultures, to say the least. It’s considered morbid and depressing and makes people very uncomfortable. But hospice nurses, who deal with death daily, describe their job as incredibly fulfilling and positive. What do they know or see that the general public doesn’t? Join hosts Dr. Lee and Dan Sturges as they discuss exactly what happens when you die, and how it might suggest what happens after life.

In the Spirit of Science. 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.
You will receive a confirmation email from Zoom within 15 minutes of placing your order, and a reminder email one hour before the program.

 

FEBRUARY

Friday, February 11, to Friday, February 18
Love in the Parlors — A (Virtual) Valentine in Concert
The MHM’s own Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents a gala concert of lush, romantic vocal music performed in the Museum’s elegant Greek Revival double parlor, available to watch (or rewatch) all week long. Singers Anthony Bellov, Amy Gluck, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande perform rarely heard gems of 19th-century vocal music. Chosen by NBC Online and TimeOut NY as a top pick for Valentine’s Day. 65 minutes. $20, $15 MHM Members; click here to purchase tickets.
After purchasing your ticket, you will receive a downloadable PDF with viewing instructions.

 

Friday, February 18, 6:30 p.m. 
Candlelight Ghost Tour of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times)
In Person!

Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where seven family members died and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. “#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York)
50-60 minutes. $30, $20 Members; click here for tickets.
Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

 

Wednesday, February 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The Architecture of an 1832 Landmark: Up-Close and Personal
A Virtual Tour Via Zoom

What does the design and construction of the Merchant’s House reveal about its residents and the culture and society in which they lived? The floorplans, building materials, and architectural details all provide important clues.

Join Anthony Bellov for an extraordinary virtual tour of the home of the Tredwell family and their Irish servants. We’ll explore all five stories, from the steep front stoop (made of glistening white marble, the dominant ornamental stone in the early/mid 19th century) to the crawl-space of the attic (featuring a remnant from the house next door, long since demolished). Every architectural element, large and small, is a piece of the puzzle. Taken together, they represent the values, tastes, and lifestyle of wealthy mid-19th century New Yorkers.

After the tour, Mr. Bellov will be joined for the Q&A by Michael Devonshire, Principal and Director of Conservation, Jan Hird Pokorny Associates. Mr. Devonshire has supervised all restoration projects at the Merchant’s House since 1990. He serves on the New York State Historic Preservation Board and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

$10; Free MHM Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
You will receive a confirmation email from Zoom within 15 minutes of placing your order, and a reminder email one hour before the program.

Anthony Bellov: Bachelor’s in Architecture from Pratt Institute, Graduate in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, long-time volunteer and former board member of the Merchant’s House Museum and an aficionado in 19th century American decorative arts and architecture.



WALKING TOURS / S
econd & Fourth Sundays, 12:30 p.m.
In-Person

March through November
Walking Tour –
19th Century NoHo: A Century of Change

In Person!
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.

Tours are one hour and begin outside the museum.
$20; FREE for Members. Click here to purchase tickets. Click here to become a Member.
Cpacity is strictly limited and masks are required for all participants over age 2.

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