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Merchant's House Museum

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29 E 4th St, New York City, NY 10003-7003
+1 212-777-1089
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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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  • Average9%
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  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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29 E 4th St, New York City, NY 10003-7003
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"self guided tour"
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"original furnishings"
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"step back in time"
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"christmas carol"
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"ghost tour"
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"th century"
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"decorative arts"
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"wealthy merchant"
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"preserved home"
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"federal style"
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"original state"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were fortunate in that, as we arrived, a volunteer (a local professor) began a talk on the house, including in it a good deal of backgound on the house, its owners, life there in its heyday for owners and (mostly Irish) servants alike, and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This house is a gorgeous insight into how life was lived in New York in the past when servants were the norm. This is well worth a visit- to see how both the family and their servants lived. As a visitor from England I found...More

Thank Keliapb
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MerchantsHouse1832, Executive Director at Merchant's House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for visiting - and for appreciating the Merchant's House. Please spread the word!!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here for one of the ghost tours. This one was a little extra special, as it allowed access to the attic of the house not seen on a normal ghost tour. The tour started as if it was a seance and definitely put...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A fascinating oasis of history in the busy city, preserving the unique decor and artefacts of 19th century life in this original townhouse. The self-guide booklet is great for explaining each room. The museum is facing a development next door which could damage the fabric...More

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MerchantsHouse1832, Executive Director at Merchant's House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you thankyou thank you for appreciating this remarkable survivor of Old New York. It's significance in the history of the city cannot be overstated!

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Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

This is one of my most memorable experiences in my latest all too brief visit to the Big Apple. I took the self-guided tour, which comprises an informative loose-leaf binder filled with interesting facts about the Tredwell family who lived in this house for nearly...More

Thank RX61
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

Tucked away in NYC is this great little museum that makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. It is reasonably priced, and they give you a binder that has all the information you need to take yourself on a tour. If you...More

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MerchantsHouse1832, Executive Director at Merchant's House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Thank you for visiting - and for your kind words!

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Reviewed April 1, 2018

The Museum preserves intact the way a merchant family and their household staff lived from 1853. Most of the house remains furnished with the families items. Guided tour at 2pm was excellent - friendly, knowledgable, engaging tour guide gave us information along the way and...More

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Reviewed March 27, 2018

We went to see Dickens A Christmas Carol there performed by one exceptional actor who played all the parts. He were in an intimate setting with only 40 other people in this beautiful historical house - it was well worth the price of admission

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Reviewed February 21, 2018

Michelle was our tour guide. Really very professional and informative. You can tell she loves the place. She was so patient with some 'tourists' who were annoying (to me) with their repetitive, often unrelated questions/comments. My friends and i loved the house and even the...More

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Reviewed January 13, 2018

If you are fortunate enough to be led through this interesting house museum by a knowledgeable docent, you will get a vivid sense of what life was like in mid-19th century New York City. However, there is also a very thorough and excellent tour book...More

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