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 are required for all in-person events.

Most of our programs are offered free of charge.
Please consider making a donation to support future programming.
And help us fight the proposed development next door!

 

JUNE

Thursdays in June, July, and August, until 8 p.m.
Summer Evenings in the Garden
The Museum & Garden are open LATE on Thursday evenings all summer long, with live music and guided tours on select evenings. FREE; no reservations.

June 2, 6 p.m.Live Music by Jazz Flutist Cheryl Pyle
June 9, 6 p.m.Guided House Tour
June 16, 6 p.m.Live Music by Classical Vocalist Mina Cuesta. Mina is a student at the Juilliard Extension Program, and currently sings with the Essential Voices Chorus under the direction of Judith Clurman, Manhattan School of Music. She has performed with the New York Pops, at Carnegie Hall, and at Opera America.
June 23, 6 p.m.Guided House Tour
June 30, 6 p.m.Guided House Tour

 

On View through September 25
On Exhibit: 19th Century Dressing Gowns from the Tredwell Costume Collection
In 19th century polite society, what women wore was dictated by the time of day; to understand and adhere to this was a show of good taste. The interval between when a lady rose from her bed in the morning and dressed for her day was no exception.

According to Florence Hartley’s Ladies Book of Etiquette (first published in 1860), “The most suitable dress for breakfast is a wrapper made to fit the figure loosely.”

The dressing gown, or wrapper, was an informal, functional garment, to be worn only at home, in the boudoir, or in the company of close family members or servants. On display, items from the collection. Included with regular admission.

 

On View through September 25
Exhibition: “Finest Surviving:” Ornamental Plasterwork at the Merchant’s House Museum
The 1832 Merchant’s House is one of only 120 buildings in New York City distinguished as an exterior – and interior – landmark. Its intact original ornamental plaster work is considered the “finest surviving” from the period. Learn how the plaster walls, ceilings, and ornamentation in the Merchant’s House were created in the 19th century. On display, original 1832 plaster fragments, as well as molds and plaster casts created by sculptor and ornamental plasterer David Flaharty, who used
the same methods as the early 19th century artisans during a house-wide restoration in the 1970s.

This exhibition also commemorates the 10-year anniversary of our fight to protect the house – and in particular, the 1832 plasterwork – from proposed development next door. Included with regular admission.

 

JULY

Thursdays in July and August, until 8 p.m.
Summer Evenings in the Garden
The Museum & Garden are open LATE on Thursday evenings all summer long, with live music and guided tours on select evenings. FREE; no reservations.

July 7, 6 p.m.Live Music by Jazz Flutist Cheryl Pyle
July 14, 6 p.m.Guided House Tour
July 21, 6 p.m.Live Music by Classical Vocalist Mina Cuesta. Mina is a student at the Juilliard Extension Program, and currently sings with the Essential Voices Chorus under the direction of Judith Clurman, Manhattan School of Music. She has performed with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and at Opera America.
July 28, 6 p.m.Guided House Tour

 

Sunday, July 10 & 24, 12:30 p.m.
Walking Tour – 19th Century NoHo: A Century of Change
In Person!
(Second & Fourth Sunday of Every Month)
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 and cultural center during the 19th century.
Tours are 75 minutes and begin outside the museum. $20, FREE for Members. Purchase walking tour tickets here. Become a Member here.

 

Wednesday, July 13, 6 p.m.
The REAL ‘Gangs of New York’
A Virtual Benefit Talk with Justin Ferate

The New York Draft Riots were the bloodiest and most violent urban insurrection of 19th century America. Join acclaimed NYC tour guide & historian Justin Ferate to discover the true story behind one of the most critical moments in the country’s history. (Spoiler alert: Not Martin Scorsese’s 2002 film, Gangs of New York.) We’ll examine the social pressures and misguided public policies that led to the powder keg that exploded in the streets of New York in July 1863. The truth turns out to be far more compelling than fiction – and bears great witness to the events of today and, once the facts are known, becomes unforgettable.

In 2021, July 13 was proclaimed Black Vision Day, a time “to imagine what a Black future in New York looks like in the centuries to come.” It was on July 13, 1863, that the Draft Riots began: “four days of some of the bloodiest and most destructive rioting in United States history began,” largely targeting the Black community.

Justin Ferate was honored by New York State Governor George Pataki and the New York State Tourism Council as New York’s “Most Engaging Tour Guide.” Mr. Ferate also wrote the official New York City Professional Tour Guide Licensing Examination for the City of New York. Time Out New York selected Mr. Ferate as “One of New York’s 50 Essential Secrets!”

$20, $10 MHM Members; register here.
All proceeds from this Virtual Benefit Talk support the Legal Fund in our fight to protect the Merchant’s House from development next door.

 

Friday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.
In the Spirit of Science: Researching the Paranormal Using the Scientific Method
Virtual Program
July’s Topic: Covid Closed the Museum – But Was NO ONE There?
Haven’t you always wondered EXACTLY what goes on in the Merchants House when no one is around?  The Covid-19 pandemic provided a perfect opportunity for us to find out, since the house was unoccupied by staff and visitors.  Dr. Lee and paranormal investigator Dan Sturges conducted research and gathered data about potential paranormal activity and are now ready to share their findings.  Dan, Dr. Lee, and Matilda will talk about the evidence collected and what this might mean in terms of the larger ghostly history of the House.  We’ll also review some of the more famous ghost stories reported by our volunteers and visitors, to hopefully begin answering the question … did the Tredwells ever really leave?

“In the Spirit of Science” is an ongoing virtual program in which paranormal investigator Dan Sturges, neuroscientist Dr. Lee, and thanatologist Matilda Garrido discuss Dan & Dr. Lee’s ground-breaking paranormal research, which began in 2020, when the Museum closed due to COVID-19. 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.

Free; register for “In the Spirit of Science” here. Please consider making a donation to support future programming. And help us fight the proposed development next door!

On View through Sunday, September 25
Exhibition: “Finest Surviving:” Ornamental Plasterwork at the Merchant’s House Museum
The 1832 Merchant’s House is one of only 120 buildings in New York City distinguished as an exterior – and interior – landmark. Its intact original ornamental plaster work is considered the “finest surviving” from the period. Learn how the plaster walls, ceilings, and ornamentation in the Merchant’s House were created in the 19th century. On display, original 1832 plaster fragments, as well as molds and plaster casts created by sculptor and ornamental plasterer David Flaharty, who used
the same methods as the early 19th century artisans during a house-wide restoration in the 1970s.

This exhibition also commemorates the 10-year anniversary of our fight to protect the house – and in particular, the 1832 plasterwork – from proposed development next door. Included with regular admission.

 

On View through Sunday, September 25
On Exhibit: 19th Century Dressing Gowns from the Tredwell Costume Collection
In 19th century polite society, what women wore was dictated by the time of day; to understand and adhere to this was a show of good taste. The interval between when a lady rose from her bed in the morning and dressed for her day was no exception.

According to Florence Hartley’s Ladies Book of Etiquette (first published in 1860), “The most suitable dress for breakfast is a wrapper made to fit the figure loosely.”

The dressing gown, or wrapper, was an informal, functional garment, to be worn only at home, in the boudoir, or in the company of close family members or servants. On display, items from the collection. Included with regular admission.

 

AUGUST

Thursdays in August, until 8 p.m.
Summer Evenings in the Garden
The Museum & Garden are open LATE on Thursday evenings all summer long, with live music and guided tours on select evenings. Included with general admission; no reservations.

August 4, 6 p.m.Live Music by Jazz Flutist Cheryl Pyle
August 11, 6 p.m.Guided House Tour
August 18 6 p.m.Live Music by Classical Vocalist Mina Cuesta. Mina is a student at the Juilliard Extension Program, and currently sings with the Essential Voices Chorus under the direction of Judith Clurman, Manhattan School of Music. She has performed with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and at Opera America.
August 25, 6 p.m.Guided House Tour

 

Sunday, August 14 & 28, 12:30 p.m.
Walking Tour – 19th Century NoHo: A Century of Change
In Person!
(Second & Fourth Sunday of Every Month)
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 and cultural center during the 19th century.
Tours are 75 minutes and begin outside the museum. $20, FREE for Members. Purchase walking tour tickets here. Become a Member here.

 

On View through Sunday, September 25
Exhibition: “Finest Surviving:” Ornamental Plasterwork at the Merchant’s House Museum
The 1832 Merchant’s House is one of only 120 buildings in New York City distinguished as an exterior – and interior – landmark. Its intact original ornamental plaster work is considered the “finest surviving” from the period. Learn how the plaster walls, ceilings, and ornamentation in the Merchant’s House were created in the 19th century. On display, original 1832 plaster fragments, as well as molds and plaster casts created by sculptor and ornamental plasterer David Flaharty, who used
the same methods as the early 19th century artisans during a house-wide restoration in the 1970s.

This exhibition also commemorates the 10-year anniversary of our fight to protect the house – and in particular, the 1832 plasterwork – from proposed development next door. Included with regular admission.

 

On View through Sunday, September 25
On Exhibit: 19th Century Dressing Gowns from the Tredwell Costume Collection
In 19th century polite society, what women wore was dictated by the time of day; to understand and adhere to this was a show of good taste. The interval between when a lady rose from her bed in the morning and dressed for her day was no exception.

According to Florence Hartley’s Ladies Book of Etiquette (first published in 1860), “The most suitable dress for breakfast is a wrapper made to fit the figure loosely.”

The dressing gown, or wrapper, was an informal, functional garment, to be worn only at home, in the boudoir, or in the company of close family members or servants. On display, items from the collection. Included with regular admission.


 

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