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Merchant's House Museum

Map & Directions 29 E. 4th St.
New York, NY 10003
  • Sun-Mon, Thu-Sat 12pm-5pm


Village Voice's Description

Museum Hours: Thursday-Monday noon-5pm

Merchant's Description

The Merchant’s House Museum is New York City’s only family home preserved intact — inside and out — from the 19th century. Built in 1832 just steps from Washington Square, this elegant red-brick and white-marble row house on East Fourth Street was home to a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants for almost
100 years.

Complete with the family’s original furnishings and personal possessions, the house offers a rare and intimate glimpse of domestic life in New York City from 1835-1865.

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  • The New Yorker on 10/19/10

    This 1832 red-brick row house was home to the Treadwell family for nearly a century. Touring it in 1989, Richard Brookhiser was “struck by the incongruities—austerity side-by-side with lavishness.”

  • The Corcoran Group on 10/08/10

    A real glimpse of domestic life in the mid-19th century! Check their website for exhibits, ghost tours and stories and the funeral reenactment of the owner Seabury Tredwell.

  • Phoenix 💥💥💥 on 02/14/14

    Check out the fourth floor

  • NYC Parks on 10/10/13

    Gertrude Tredwell lived her whole life here until her death at the age of 93, and her work to keep it and its furnishings preserved are the reason it offers such a perfect look at 19th century NYC.

  • Time Out New York on 06/27/13

    The fourth floor served as the home and work space for four Irish maids and still contains its original furnishings, including clothesline hooks over the doors, the call bell and a coal stove.

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