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Merchant's House Museum

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Neighbourhood: Manhattan
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Address: 29 E 4th St, New York City, NY 10003-7003
Phone Number: +1 212-777-1089
12:00 - 20:00
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Thu 12:00 - 20:00
Fri - Mon 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Merchant's House Museum is New York City's only 19th century home...

The Merchant's House Museum is New York City's only 19th century home preserved intact, with original family furnishings and personal belongings.A unique survivor of Old New York, the House offers a rare and intimate glimpse of how a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants lived from 1835 to 1865, when New York grew from seaport to thriving metropolis."The distinction of the Merchant's House -- and it is a powerful one -- is that it is the real thing. One simply walks through the beautiful doorway into another time and place in New York."The New York Times

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Forgotten New York

Sign up for a tour of this lovely 1832 townhouse and learn about a time in history that has been forgotten. The area that is now home to Cooper Union and the Public Theatre... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Irma G
Smithtown, New York, United States
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Smithtown, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Sign up for a tour of this lovely 1832 townhouse and learn about a time in history that has been forgotten. The area that is now home to Cooper Union and the Public Theatre (formerly the Astor Library) was once the haunt of millionaires such as the Astors and the Tredwell families before the wealthy moved north.. The house is... More 

Thank Irma G
Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit. The house has a very interesting history and the house was beautiful. It was an interesting twist to our visit that the house is reported to be haunted.

Thank Rehsinup19
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have lived in NYC for a decade now and there is always so much to discover! I have walked by The Merchants House many times and always wondered what it was. It is absolutely worth a visit. I went for the Ghost Tour and will most likely go back for The Christmas Story event. It might be a good... More 

Thank KDawl
Monee, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The night I visited the mansion was set up to present mourning rites and rituals of the time. That added extra information to the tour. The mansion is as it was when the last Tredwell Family member died. The home has survived intact from the 19th century with original furniture, decorative arts, and personal possessions. The Greek Revival architecture was... More 

Thank joanmaxine
Saxmundham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Built in 1832 it was lived in by a wealthy merchant and remained in the same family until the last member died in 1933. A relative opened it as a museum in 1936 and it is steeped in atmosphere. Original furnishings and many personal items. Places like this are beyond price and it is to be hoped that the possible... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Uniquely interesting because this isn't a reconstruction. The house, furniture and personal items of the original occupants are still there. During our October visit the house was decked out as it would have been upon the death of the patriarch of the family. Creepy and interesting to see an authentic depiction of Victorian funeral and mourning rites. Knowledgeable volunteers made... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

What I found most interesting and even a bit startling about this 1832 house is that it still has many if not most of its original interior fixtures and furniture. Some of the stuff is truly remarkable in their beauty. The rear garden is not to be missed. I think kids would marvel at some of the living conditions and... More 

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MerchantsHouse1832, Executive Director at Merchant's House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for appreciating the Merchant's House! We also have our 2016 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in other places throughout the house, but thought it would be especially visible in the rest rooms. :) More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

My partner and I made a spur of the moment decision to visit this museum on our last half day in New York. We had used up most of our cash so when we arrived I offered to pay by credit card to be told that the museum did not accept international credit cards. Result: we only got to see... More 

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MerchantsHouse1832, Owner at Merchant's House Museum, responded to this review

Unfortunately, we have had many, many declined charges and other issues with international credit cards that we had to institute a policy of cash only. We wish it weren't so ... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

While in NYC, we sought out the more out of the way tours. Visiting the Merchant's House and the Tenement Museum, were just the tours to learn about early life in Manhatten.

Thank LynnF1974
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Very interesting original early 1800's house with original furnishings. Check their website and come for their tours. Definitely worth doing the tour.

Thank huntejk

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