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!

NOVEMBER

Special Holiday Exhibition
Friday, November 26, through Sunday, January 9

Home for the Holidays: A 19th Century Christmas
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 regular admission.

 

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.

 

DECEMBER

Special Holiday Exhibition
Open through Sunday, January 9

Home for the Holidays: A 19th Century Christmas
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.

 

Strictly limited engagement! December 1 to December 31
A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House: Charles Dickens in New York, 1867
Presented in association with Summoners Ensemble Theatre
In December 1867, Charles Dickens arrived in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. 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 $55-125; click here for more information.

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House is an in-person event. Capacity is limited and masks and proof of vaccination are required.


A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House: VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE

In this hour-long virtual performance, join Mr. Dickens, portrayed by John Kevin Jones, as he tells his timeless Christmas tale. You’ll be transported back 150 years in this captivating one-hour performance created from Dickens’ own script. $35; click here to purchase tickets.

This is a virtual event. Your ticket is good for three viewings of our holiday classic anytime before January 1, 2022.

 

Warmth from the Hearth – 19th Century Holiday Stories for the Season of Light
Enjoy storytelling of 19th-century holiday literature read by actor Dayle Vander Sande in the authentic period parlor of the Merchant’s House Museum. 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.
Click here to view.

Tales include:

“Christmas, or The Good Fairy” (1850) by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Reflections on Hanukkah and 19th Century America, featuring the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society
“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” (1863) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Christmas Eve in War Times” (c.1883) by Edward Payson Roe
“The Frost Fairies” from Birdie and his Fairy Friends (1874) by Mrs. Margaret T. Canby
“The Frost King” (1891) by Helen Keller
“Captain Eli’s Best Ear” and “A Christmas Wreck” by Frank Stockton
A Letter from Santa Claus (1875) by Mark Twain
“Mollie’s Best Christmas Gift” (1882) by Mary E. Lee
“Christmas Every Day” (1892) by William Dean Howells
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus” (1897) by Francis P. Church

 

JANUARY

Saturday, January 1
Virtual New Year’s Day 2022 Celebration!

Paying social calls on friends and family on New Year’s Day 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. 30 minutes. $10, Free for Members. Tickets on sale in December.

New Year’s Day 2022 Celebration is a virtual event. Ticket-buyers will receive a downloadable PDF with a link to view. The link will be valid through Friday, January 7, 2022.

Friday, January 28, 6:30 p.m.
In the Spirit of Science: Researching the Paranormal Using the Scientific Method
A Virtual Event 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. Tickets on sale December 1.

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.


WALKING TOURS / Second & Fourth Sundays, 12:30 p.m.
In-Person & Socially Distanced

March through November
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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