Merchant's House Museum
Merchant's House Museum
4.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Neighbourhood: Noho
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  • Bleecker St • 4 min walk
  • Astor Place • 4 min walk
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  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey3,717 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting look at life at the turn of the last century from the Tredwell Family
    The Merchant House Museum is a fascinating tour of a turn of the last century house owned for 100 years by the Tredwell family When the last family member died in 1934, they turned it into a museum. A family member saved a time capsule of artifacts and antiques that show a look into the life of a Upper Class merchant family. The rooms are furnished in original family furniture and includes all family items, furniture, clothing and collections of the family. Each room is tastefully maintained and furnished as if the family was still living there. The tour is self guided so you get to explore the house at your own pace. There was a very interesting exhibition on Valentine's Day cards that the family collected, the parlor was set up for New Year's Day visiting where neighbors would call on each other for a short period of time and the downstairs kitchen was set up for cooking a meal. It was if the family was still living there and just left for the afternoon. There are four floors of rooms to visit including the living room, dining room, library, bedrooms and servants quarters. The gardens in the back were just coming into bloom but were well maintained and it was nice to walk around. This is a little hidden gem of a museum and should not be missed.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 March 2023
  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, Connecticut2,161 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Only 19th century home preserved intact
    This Merchant House is a designated landmark for the State of New York. This personal glimpse of a wealthy merchant family was fascinating. The collection of the Tredwell's include decorative arts, photos, household items and furniture.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Claire D
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting glimpse into New York middle class life in the 19th century and the women who worked for them.
    Fascinating look at New York family life in the mid 19th century. Looking for a quieter activity amongst the bustle of the city this was ideal. The guide book and QR codes allow you to tour the rooms at your own pace and the garden at the back is very pretty. Details around the lives of the servants as well as the family are well done. A gem that deserves to be preserved.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2023
  • Andrew S
    Berlin, Germany11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Time Warp
    Went here on the recommendation of a local tour guide, who said it was like a time machine into the 19th century. Fully agree. This place is magic. There's a quiet hush when you walk in and you are immediately ushered into another place, another time. Exceptional, highly recommended.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey3,717 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited the Museum for a Ghost tour of the house; saw no ghosts but had a nice time.
    The Merchant House Museum has an excellent tour during the Halloween season taking a Candlelight tour of the house. You join a group of people walking around the house in the dark hearing stories of the family and the strange occurrences of the house. The 50 minute tour of the house takes you to levels and the tour guides gives you a nice depiction of the family life at the house. During the day, the tour is much more informative and lets you see the whole house. At night though, it really does spook you. Don't miss the Halloween tour.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 October 2023
  • soulefultraveler
    Sun City West, Arizona1,973 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting old home
    This small museum was very well rated here, but I was disappointed. Although the small garden was delightful, there was nothing really to see on the top two floors. Most disturbing, they are fighting (rightfully) to stop construction of a huge new hotel on the adjacent property. All their income is going towards legal fees instead of to well-needed repairs to the property. But worth a look if you are in the neighborhood.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 November 2023
  • Alfred R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very pleased.
    The tour was great and very informative. Also, the guide was very professional, friendly, and was willing to answer questions along the way. I was impressed with the way the house has been kept up for so long and all the care that’s been put in to it. I hope the city of New York stops the development near this fragile house in order to preserve this home. I highly recommend taking a tour of this. Thank you!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 January 2024
  • WCove
    Ottawa, Canada137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A rewarding small museum experience.
    I popped into the Merchant's House Museum for a good hour or so exploration in mid-January 2024. It's a lovingly cared for glimpse into the life of a bygone age. Unfortunately I missed the guided tour but the notes provided were very helpful and added a nice flavour to the experience. I appreciated seeing not just the beautiful main level parlor but also the quarters of the live-in "Irish girls." I have previously visited the Tenement Museum and the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Museum so this house added another window into C19 and early C20 NYC life. Definitely worth an hour of your time.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 January 2024
  • RYC88
    Centreville, Virginia1,277 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gives a really good picture of NYC in the old days
    The guided tour is very good, although you can easily tour on your own with all the information placards in each room. The decor is lovely and it's fun and interesting to hear about the family who lived here. A very well-preserved property and lots of fun facts about "old" NYC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 January 2024
  • Farwriter
    London, United Kingdom97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my favourite museums in New York - under threat!
    A wonderful and important museum. A 19th century house which was lived in by a merchant and his family, and occupied by his daughter until her death in the 1930s, when it became a museum. The decor and furniture is therefore completely authentic and not recreated later on. They have extensive collections of artefacts and clothing from the period (not all on display but an important historical resource). The atmosphere is wonderful. I paid $15 and was there around an hour and a half. I prefer a self-guided visit, and the museum provides a comprehensive folder of information about each room so that worked well. I was one of only a few visitors so it was great to be on my own in those rooms and imagine one of the family about to walk in! The building is an official landmark but is there are plans to build a 7 storey building next door which would damage the historic foundations, plasterwork etc. Shocking that such a development is permitted right next to a rare surviving historic house. They are campaigning and fundraising at the moment to fight against the development - please support the campaign!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 February 2024
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Farwriter
London, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
A wonderful and important museum. A 19th century house which was lived in by a merchant and his family, and occupied by his daughter until her death in the 1930s, when it became a museum. The decor and furniture is therefore completely authentic and not recreated later on. They have extensive collections of artefacts and clothing from the period (not all on display but an important historical resource). The atmosphere is wonderful. I paid $15 and was there around an hour and a half. I prefer a self-guided visit, and the museum provides a comprehensive folder of information about each room so that worked well. I was one of only a few visitors so it was great to be on my own in those rooms and imagine one of the family about to walk in! The building is an official landmark but is there are plans to build a 7 storey building next door which would damage the historic foundations, plasterwork etc. Shocking that such a development is permitted right next to a rare surviving historic house. They are campaigning and fundraising at the moment to fight against the development - please support the campaign!
Written 27 February 2024
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RYC88
Centreville, VA1,277 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The guided tour is very good, although you can easily tour on your own with all the information placards in each room. The decor is lovely and it's fun and interesting to hear about the family who lived here. A very well-preserved property and lots of fun facts about "old" NYC.
Written 24 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

WCove
Ottawa, Canada137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I popped into the Merchant's House Museum for a good hour or so exploration in mid-January 2024. It's a lovingly cared for glimpse into the life of a bygone age. Unfortunately I missed the guided tour but the notes provided were very helpful and added a nice flavour to the experience. I appreciated seeing not just the beautiful main level parlor but also the quarters of the live-in "Irish girls." I have previously visited the Tenement Museum and the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Museum so this house added another window into C19 and early C20 NYC life. Definitely worth an hour of your time.
Written 21 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alfred R
Houston, United States1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The tour was great and very informative. Also, the guide was very professional, friendly, and was willing to answer questions along the way. I was impressed with the way the house has been kept up for so long and all the care that’s been put in to it. I hope the city of New York stops the development near this fragile house in order to preserve this home. I highly recommend taking a tour of this. Thank you!
Written 6 January 2024
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rozanna b
Cape Coral, FL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Fascinating museum. Well worth the visit as it gives an insight into the merchants of York and the city
Written 27 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

soulefultraveler
Sun City West, AZ1,973 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This small museum was very well rated here, but I was disappointed. Although the small garden was delightful, there was nothing really to see on the top two floors. Most disturbing, they are fighting (rightfully) to stop construction of a huge new hotel on the adjacent property. All their income is going towards legal fees instead of to well-needed repairs to the property. But worth a look if you are in the neighborhood.
Written 18 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ3,717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The Merchant House Museum has an excellent tour during the Halloween season taking a Candlelight tour of the house. You join a group of people walking around the house in the dark hearing stories of the family and the strange occurrences of the house.

The 50 minute tour of the house takes you to levels and the tour guides gives you a nice depiction of the family life at the house. During the day, the tour is much more informative and lets you see the whole house. At night though, it really does spook you. Don't miss the Halloween tour.
Written 21 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Karen A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
My mom and I have traveled throughout Europe and surprisingly, this museum is by far the most authentic and intimate museum that we've ever visited.
Written 28 September 2023
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Claire D
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Fascinating look at New York family life in the mid 19th century. Looking for a quieter activity amongst the bustle of the city this was ideal. The guide book and QR codes allow you to tour the rooms at your own pace and the garden at the back is very pretty. Details around the lives of the servants as well as the family are well done. A gem that deserves to be preserved.
Written 6 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
This Merchant House is a designated landmark for the State of New York. This personal glimpse of a wealthy merchant family was fascinating. The collection of the Tredwell's include decorative arts, photos, household items and furniture.
Written 14 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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