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 required for all in-person events at the Merchant’s House,
as mandated by New York City’s Key to NYC program.

Celebrating 85 Years as a Museum
1936-2021!

OCTOBER

Sunday, October 10 & 24, 12:30 p.m.
In-Person Walking Tour of 19th Century NoHo: A Century of Change
Scroll down for more information. Tours are one hour and begin outside the museum. Capacity is strictly limited. Masks and proof of vaccination required.
$20; FREE for Members. Click here to purchase tickets.

 

Haunted History: Spirits of the Merchant’s House, Past & Present
Virtual Ghost Tour RECORDING
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, paranormal investigator Dan Sturges joins for a Q&A. Dan is the founder of Sturges Paranormal and appears on the Travel Channel’s weekly series, Paranormal Caught on Camera. He has performed investigations at the Merchant’s House – and documented his spine-chilling findings – since 2007. $7, free MHM Members; click here to purchase tickets.

Haunted History RECORDING is a recording of the virtual tour presented on October 13. You will receive a downloadable PDF with a link to view the recording, which will be accessible until Monday, November 1.

 

Tuesday, October 19, 6 p.m.
‘Death Cannot Make Our Souls Afraid’: 19th Century Mourning Customs
A Virtual Talk with Museum Historian Ann Haddad
Via Zoom
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
In-Person 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.

Candlelight Ghost Tours are SOLD OUT! Click here to join the wait list.

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 In-Person 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. Dan is the founder of Sturges Paranormal and appears on the Travel Channel’s weekly series, Paranormal Caught on Camera. He has performed investigations at the Merchant’s House – and documented his spine-chilling findings – since 2007.

$65; $55 MHM Members. SUPER SPOOKY Tours are SOLD OUT. Click here to join the wait list.

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.

 

Halloween Night! Sunday, October 31, 6 p.m.
Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt
Halloween Concert with the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society
Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins haunt the lyrics of 19th century song. 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. Click here to purchase tickets.

Chant Macabre is an in-person event. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. Children under 12 not admitted.

Can’t make it on Halloween Night? Join us for a virtual concert instead! Ticket holders will received a downloadable PDF with a unique link to a live-stream of the concert, valid to watch (or rewatch!) through Sunday, November 7. $20, $15 MHM Members. Click here for live-stream tickets.

NOVEMBER

Wednesday, November 10, 6 p.m.
Virtual Book Talk: “Death in New York: History and Culture of Burials, Undertakers and Executions” with K. Krombie
Co-Sponsored by Village Preservation
Like every aspect of life in the Big Apple, how New Yorkers have interacted with death is as diverse as each of the countless individuals who have called the city home. Waves of immigration brought unique burial customs as archaeological excavations uncovered the graves of indigenous Lenape and enslaved Africans. From the 1788 Doctors’ Riot, which contributed to new laws protecting the deceased, to the overcrowding and epidemics that ultimately built cemeteries outside of New York City, experiments in embalming, capital punishment, and more, author K. Krombie unveils a tapestry of stories centered on death in New York’s neighborhoods. Join Krombie for a special look at these stories’ intersections with Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. Free; click here to register.

K. Krombie has written numerous articles for media outlets in America and the United Kingdom, in addition to film and New York theater reviews. A longtime obsessive of all things New York City, it’s only right that she lives here now.

Book Talk with K. Krombie is a virtual event. Please contact Village Preservation for questions.

 

Sunday, November 14 & 28, 12:30 p.m.
In-Person Walking Tours of 19th Century NoHo: A Century of Change
Last Walking Tours until March!
Scroll down for more information. Tours are one hour and begin outside the museum. Capacity is strictly limited. Masks and proof of vaccination required.
$20; FREE for Members. Click here to purchase tickets.

 

Wednesday, November 17, 6 p.m.
The Gift of Perseverance: The Many Lives of Reverend Samuel Seabury
A Virtual Talk with Museum Historian Ann Haddad
Via Zoom
Co-Sponsored by Glebe House Museum

Join Museum Historian Ann Haddad as she discusses the remarkable life of Bishop Samuel Seabury, uncle and namesake of our own Seabury Tredwell. Learn about Seabury from his early days as a rector in Westchester, to his war of words with Alexander Hamilton, and finally to his election as the first Episcopal Bishop of America at Glebe House in 1783. $10; FREE for MHM and Glebe House Members. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Gift of Perseverance 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, November 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Virtual Behind-the-Ropes Tour: Changing Tastes in 19th Century Furniture
With MHM board member Anthony Bellov and furniture expert Carswell Rush Berlin
Via Zoom

This unique virtual tour offers a close look at the Tredwell family furniture collection, examining pieces bought for this house, as well as those brought from their previous home. You’ll learn about both the tastes and values of mid-19th century New Yorkers and how growing international connections made lasting impact on design, trade, and international relations. It’s an extraordinary up-close and personal experience of the Tredwell home you won’t want to miss –– behind the ropes and no stairs to climb!

$10, MHM Members FREE; click here to purchase tickets.

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

Changing Tastes in 19th Century Furniture 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.


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. Tours are one hour and begin outside the museum.
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.

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