Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.
Cooking Demonstration & Tasting in the Period Kitchen
At the Tredwells’ Table — Curry: A History of Cooks and Colonists
Join us for a ‘taste back in time’ as we explore the history and development of curry from its roots in Indian antiquity to its popularity in the early years of the republic, and its appearance today in many world cuisines. Professionally trained chef and Merchant’s House tour guide Carl Raymond will discuss how the savory stew might have appeared on the Tredwells’ dining table as well as share some recipes from 19th century cookbooks. The program will include demonstration of the making of essential spice mixes, and the preparation and tasting of two modern curry recipes. Wine will be served following the demonstration and the audience will be given a set of recipes to take home. $40, $25 Members. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 p.m.
19th Century Lifeways Lecture: The Tredwells’ ca. 1848 Piano, Restored!
Musical instrument conservator Stewart Pollens will describe the design, construction, and special features of the Nunns and Fischer square piano, an instrument made in New York shortly before 1850 and purchased by the Tredwells for the front parlor. He will also discuss the work involved in restoring it to playability.
$10, Free for Members. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets. Members please email to reserve.

Mr. Pollens served as the chief conservator of musical instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art between 1976 and 2006. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Early Pianoforte, published by Cambridge University Press in 1995 (reprinted 2009), and is currently writing The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation and Bartolomeo Cristofori: Inventor of the Piano, both of which will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Guided & Walking Tours

Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m.
(Museum is closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
Guided Tour of the Merchant’s House Museum
Explore Manhattan’s “best-preserved” (The New York Times) 19th-century home and learn about the domestic life of a prosperous merchant family and their four Irish servants from 1835 to 1865, as New York City transformed from seaport to thriving metropolis. You’ll visit four floors of this Federal and Greek Revival style row house virtually complete with the family’s original furnishings and decorative arts.

The tour concludes in the newly restored 4th-floor Servants’ Quarters, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in Manhattan,” according to Time Out New York. You are invited to come climb the narrow staircase and see where the wealthy Tredwell family’s staff of four domestic servants lived and did some of their work.

Included with regular admission. (Always FREE for Members)
Reservations not required for groups of fewer than 10 people. If your group has more than 10 people, please contact us about scheduling a group program.

Walking Tours are held on the second Sunday of each month at 12:30 p.m., March through November.

Sunday, August 10, 12:30 p.m.
Walking Tour of 19th Century NoHo: Glamour & Greed, Money & Murder
Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos — and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. You’ll walk the footsteps of these wealthy mercantile families whose elegant Federal mansions once lined the tranquil cobblestone streets. Our tour passes by iconic landmarks such as the imposing Colonnade Row, the Public Theater, and The Cooper Union. On the bustling Astor Place, imagine the drama of events that led to the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history. And visit the site of the scandalous 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes.
Tour is one hour and begins promptly at 12:30 p.m.
Promenaders will return to the Museum in time to take the
 2 p.m. Guided Tour if they wish.
$10. Students & Seniors $5. FREE for Members.
Reservations not necessary.

Sunday, September 14, 12:30 p.m.
Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho
On this one-hour walking tour of the Noho Historic District, promenaders will see 11 buildings designated as individual New York City landmarks. The tour begins at the 1832 Merchant’s House and within a few blocks traces 100 years of social, economic and technological changes in New York during the 19th century, from a residential enclave for the wealthy merchant families of Old New York to a center of manufacturing and busy cultural center. The tour will feature stories of famous as well as infamous residents and builders of these landmarks and the renowned architects who designed them. Stops will include Colonnade Row, the DeVinne Press Building, Astor Library, The Cooper Union, and the Bayard-Condict Building.

The Merchant’s House Museum is a member of the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, which over the next two years will engage and educate the public about the importance of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Law (April 19, 1965) and celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Tour is one hour and begins promptly at 12:30 p.m.
Promenaders will return to the Museum in time to take the
2 p.m. Guided Tour if they wish.
$10. Students & Seniors $5. FREE for Members.
Reservations not necessary.

NOTE: Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.