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Merchant's House Museum

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Address: 29 E 4th Street, New York City, NY 10003
Phone Number: +1 212-777-1089
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Thu 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: 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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Hard to find but interesting

The building is not well signed so we walked past it a couple of times. There is a guided tour but we were early so we walked around by ourselves. It was $10 each which we though... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2013
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Halifax, Canada
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

I expected a lot more from my visit. It was my summer Friday, I wanted to do something different and had 2 hours to spare. It felt like a refurbished museum and the story of the family that lived that felt a little forced. Interesting if you have some spare time.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The building is not well signed so we walked past it a couple of times. There is a guided tour but we were early so we walked around by ourselves. It was $10 each which we though was expensive but maybe not for NYC. They give you a binder of information that you can read as you walk around. It... More 

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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I got there for the tail end of a tour, and that was worthwhile and free. If you don't catch the tour, they will give you a book that explains what you are seeing. That was most helpful. The house itself is remarkable for its history, but its contents are only mildly amusing. I liked the kitchen best. You can... More 

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South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

The museum was nice to see. There was adocent that told you about the house and the furniture. It was nice to hear the story. The house has no air conditioner. It was very hot and not comfortable at all. I would not recommend touring the house in July. There are also a lot of stairs to climb ( 4... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is a great place to go if you have the time and are in the area. It is fascinating to see how early wealthy New Yorkers lived, especially compared with the Tenement Museum. I would suggest the 2pm tour as you'll get more details about the house.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

After seeing how the "poor folks" lived at the Tenement Museum, we went to the Merchant's House to see life for the more affluent. They give you a printed guide to carry around with you that explains each room, its furnishings and how and when it was used by the family. So, you can go through the house at your... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Just recently went on the candlelight ghost tour at the Merchant House in New York City. What a delightful spooky fun adventure if you are into the paranormal and history of the house.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

I didn't make it in time for the guided tour, so the staffer handed me a binder and sent me off on my own. The house and furnishings are really a sight to see, but next time I'll wait for a tour guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

It was well worth the effort to find this little bit of history tucked away in a back street. everything preserved just as the family left it whilst all around was being torn down. The self guided tour is really well written and gives a real insight to the social requirements of the day, of the well off family and... More 

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We live in ny and are always looking for non-touristy historical things to see in the city. This was worth the trip. It was really neat to see a home left in its original state right in the middle of NYC! Not for children but adults will find it intriguing. There are stairs to climb so I don't think it's... More 

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