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Merchant's House Museum

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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...more
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29 E 4th St, New York City, NY 10003-7003
Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
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All reviews self guided tour original furnishings step back in time christmas carol ghost tour servants quarters nineteenth century wealthy merchant preserved home greek revival federal style early nyc fascinating glimpse new york daily life nyc history open to the public
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This poor home is in danger of an encroaching future hotel and that's sad. The house needs some TLC and structural reinforcement. As I walked up the stairways I felt like I had vertigo. The house has settled so much and one of its sides...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BlueBottleGirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is REALLY worth a visit. It's a fascinating journey back in time as the house and furnishings are unchanged and the docents are so interesting and knowledgeable. I think it probably helps to go when it's not too busy. We LOVED it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Helen C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived not knowing what to expect given we were in a museum and not in a theater. The Museum Management greeted us and were quite pleasant giving us a brief history of the home, as well as, inviting us back to visit the entire...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bbbob84
Reviewed December 11, 2018

This delightful step back in time never stops surprising. The tour is perfect: great family history, NYC history, and neat tidbits. Plus, the house is a gem. It's a must, as long as you can climb stairs!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Anisoj
Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

I’ll emphatically confirm other reviews praising Merchant’s House ‘A Christmas Carol’. Absolutely exquisitely performed in a period setting. If you get the opportunity, don’t hesitate and GO!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Crescent
MerchantsHouse1832, Executive Director at Merchant's House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2018

I am so glad you enjoyed it. Agreed, it is a masterful performance! And we, of course, love the period setting.

Reviewed December 2, 2018

I have done the tour of the house previously which is fascinating to see an 1830's house. But I went to the Christmas Carol show where a performer is Charles Dickens doing a reading/performance of the tale. It was amazing.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cassysj
MerchantsHouse1832, Executive Director at Merchant's House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2018

Thanks for your kind words. And, we agree, "A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House" is AMAZING. So glad you enjoyed it! The actor, John Kevin Jones, is truly masterful as Charles Dickens.

Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

What a great tour ! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Felt very cold in the bedroom, felt a presence. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 2, 2018

If you are interested in how people used to live this old 1830's house in near original condition is well worth visiting. Do take a guided tour, ours brought the house, it's history and that of it's inhabitants to life and we had an excellent...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

My friend and I have been dying to come to the Merchant’s House Museum Candlelight Ghost Tour for years. We usually waited too long to get tickets and they sold out. They have about 6 or 7 tours a night but the tours are only...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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MerchantsHouse1832, Executive Director at Merchant's House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Thank you so much for the excellent review! The Candlelight Ghost Tours bring in much-needed funds for the museum. Especially now as we continue to battle developers who plan to build next door. Construction would cause catastrophic damage to our 1832 landmark building - and...More

Reviewed September 22, 2018

I wanted to see a house of that time. The location is in the middle of Soho. I'm glad I visited this beautiful house, That area has so much history. Lafayette street... What a street. I would never recommend it for a tourist, but a...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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MerchantsHouseMuseum, Executive Director at Merchant's House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2018

Thanks for visiting. I am truly sorry the house was "too simple and boring" for you! But reassured that you saw its "potential." For the past 6 years, we have been fighting the proposed development of an 8-story hotel right next door. Construction could be...More

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