Merchant's House Museum

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Merchant's House Museum
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The Merchant's House Museum
New York City’s only preserved 19th-century family home is an elegant, late Federal-Greek Revival house stocked with the same furnishings and decorations that filled its rooms when it was inhabited by hardware tycoon Seabury Treadwell and his descendants from 1835 to 1933.


Venue name: Merchant's House Museum
Address: 29 E 4th St
New York

Cross street: between Bowery and Lafayette St
Opening hours: Mon, Thu–Sun noon–5pm
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to Broadway–Lafayette St; 6 to Bleecker St
Price: $10, seniors and students $5, members and children under 12 free
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Went one week prior to Halloween & totally recommend it!! Although the house is open year round for tours of the Tredwell home, it was ally of fun on a cold rainy nite close to the spookiest nite of the year. The tour done only by candle lite, walks you thru bedrooms, parlors, kitchens of this 1835 brownstone while telling the visitors stories of family births, deaths (7 in the house alone), family conflicts & illnesses. Visitor & volunteer accounts of seeing deceased Tredwell family members roaming the house play from room to room making you look over your shoulders for the fear of maybe seeing one of them there. The house is just as the last family member Gertrude Tredwell preserved it. Amazing decor that remains frozen in time. Haunted houses are fun, but this was great. To learn part of NY history, to peak into a familys life & to roam within the walls where it has been validated that ghosts have roamed is thrilling. Definite a side in NYC I don't know existed & am glad to have experienced.

Kristen R

The Merchants's house is the only 19th century home preserved both inside and out in New York City. Originally built in 1832 it was the home of the Tredwell family before turning into a museum in 1930's. The home is located in the soho/noho area, which was considered a popular neighbor during the time. The Astors were their neighbors! Upon arrival you'll receive a small book about the house and then you are free to wander the museum at your leisure. The booklet they provide you with helps to shed light on what living might have been like during that time for a family of their position. I felt like I stepped back in time for a few hours that afternoon and learned a little bit more about this amazing city. The museum is open Thursday through Monday. During Halloween they offer ghost tours and there are a bunch of other wonderful programs throughout the year.

Evelyn D

If you're a history nerd like me you gotta check out the Merchant's House Museum. Sarah Tredwell lived here for decades and the interior of the house remained untouched as the neighborhood drastically changed. I went to a candlelight ghost tour here around Halloween too, and it was super awesome. They told ghost stories and played real EVP's captured in the house. You'll definitely learn a lot at this historic house.