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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
Today
12:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Thu 12:00 - 20:00
Fri - Mon 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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A wonderful time capsule

One of our favorite historical museums in NYC. The house was occupied from the 1830's to the 1930's by the same family (the Treadwells), and is well preserved. The guides are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Ed S
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Brooklyn
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Brooklyn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of our favorite historical museums in NYC. The house was occupied from the 1830's to the 1930's by the same family (the Treadwells), and is well preserved. The guides are well-informed and generally excellent. The Museum also offers an interesting array of special programs (ghost tours, holiday events, and garden parties in warmer months).

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Two adults and 3 teenage kids went. So interesting and our tour guide was fantastic! The ticket price helps support the home! Takes about an hour! Good NYC history!

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Harmony, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful home is a historical gem and offered a live performance of A Christmas Carol for the holidays that should not be missed!

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

I have been to NYC many times during the last 20 years and have done all the major tourist attractions. Now I look for more hidden places to tour and this place is very interesting. Gives you a look back at life in the mid-19th Century New York. Built in 1832 and it feels like the family is still living... More 

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Smithtown, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 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 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 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.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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 

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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 

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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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