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Merchant's House Museum

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Neighbourhood: Manhattan
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Address: 29 E 4th St, New York City, NY 10003-7003
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+1 212-777-1089
12:00 - 17:00
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Thu 12:00 - 20:00
Fri - Mon 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Historical gem.

We went to the Merchant House Museum today and it was fabulous. A fascinating insight into high society life in the 19th century in New York. Wonderful building and contents... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Upminster, United Kingdom
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Upminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Merchant House Museum today and it was fabulous. A fascinating insight into high society life in the 19th century in New York. Wonderful building and contents. Could really imagine life passing by. Extremely helpful and knowledgable volunteers answered our questions and more. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank nicola16g
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing example of 1850 NYC architecture with the original(!) furniture and decor. The kind of place that makes you want to learn more. Highly recommended if you have any interest in wealthy NYC history & architecture.

Thank vivienne c
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This well-preserved home has been a museum since 1926, and provides a great glimpse into 19th century society in the city. There are three floors of in-tact rooms featuring original and replica furnishings from the original owners. A little off the beaten path, you can really take in the experience without having to navigate around lots of other people. The... More 

Thank Liam G
the northeast
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

It's a house. One that when you enter and visit the front room at the ground level, you can almost imagine you are back in time before the internet and the hustle of bustle of 2017. In the mid-1800's the house was home to a family in a thriving city. They had their own hustle and bustle. Get the prospective... More 

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Birmingham, MI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

This one of those things that a friend recommended and there we were and in we went. There is an admission but the staff of volunteers work very hard to keep things going. It's the day of the former owner's funeral and the palor is set up for this occation because that's how they did things back in the day.... More 

Thank arjudd
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

One of our favorite historical museums in NYC. The house was occupied from the 1830's to the 1930's by the same family (the Treadwells), and is well preserved. The guides are well-informed and generally excellent. The Museum also offers an interesting array of special programs (ghost tours, holiday events, and garden parties in warmer months).

Thank Ed S
Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Two adults and 3 teenage kids went. So interesting and our tour guide was fantastic! The ticket price helps support the home! Takes about an hour! Good NYC history!

Thank Lisadcurry
Harmony, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

This beautiful home is a historical gem and offered a live performance of A Christmas Carol for the holidays that should not be missed!

Thank Robin M
Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

I have been to NYC many times during the last 20 years and have done all the major tourist attractions. Now I look for more hidden places to tour and this place is very interesting. Gives you a look back at life in the mid-19th Century New York. Built in 1832 and it feels like the family is still living... More 

Thank Boisenb
Smithtown, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Sign up for a tour of this lovely 1832 townhouse and learn about a time in history that has been forgotten. The area that is now home to Cooper Union and the Public Theatre (formerly the Astor Library) was once the haunt of millionaires such as the Astors and the Tredwell families before the wealthy moved north.. The house is... More 

Thank Irma G

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