Our Ghosts

The Merchant's House Museum is haunted

“Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”
(The New York Times)

“#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York)

The Tredwell family lived in this house for nearly 100 years. Some say they never left.

Many believe it is Gertrude Tredwell, in particular, who is watching over her family home. Born in an upstairs bedroom in 1840, the youngest of the Tredwells’ eight children, Gertrude never married and lived her entire life here until she died, at the age of 93, in 1933. She was the last member of the family to occupy the house.

Since the 1930s, when the house opened to the public as a museum, strange and inexplicable happenings have been reported – sounds, sightings, smells – by staff, volunteers, visitors, neighbors, even passersby.

In 2020, when the Museum closed due to COVID-19 – and the house was empty – we launched ground-breaking paranormal research. Through unbiased observation and systematic experimentation, this research is building a better understanding of the strange and fascinating phenomena experienced by staff, volunteers, and visitors at “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times).

The project is led by neuroscientist Dr. Lee, using specialized equipment custom-built for the house, thanatologist and MHM volunteer Matilda Garrido, and Dan Sturges, founder of Sturges Paranormal, who 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.

Don’t miss our monthly virtual paranormal show, In the Spirit of Science, to learn about our paranormal research.

In the Spirit of Science is a monthly virtual program on topics related to the ongoing paranormal research at the Merchant’s House. Each month, Dr. Lee, Matilda Garrido, and Dan Sturges gather at the Merchant’s House Museum to discuss a different aspect of the paranormal. From the afterlife to poltergeists to Psi to near death and shared death experiences, see what their new research is uncovering. Click here for tickets.

Take an October Candlelight Ghost Tour – or schedule a private ghost tour.
Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. October tickets go on sale late summer. Private tours are year-round.

Purchase Some Say They Never Left: Spirited Tales and Ghostly Legends of the Merchant’s House Museum. Whether or not you are a believer, you’ll enjoy our booklet of ghost stories collected over the years. Visit the Museum’s shop to purchase a copy and decide for yourself.

And if YOU have an “experience” when you visit, please let one of the staff know, or email nyc1832@merchantshouse.org, so we can add your story to our growing roster of paranormal occurrences.