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Merchant's House Museum

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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29 E 4th St, New York City, NY 10003-7003
+1 212-777-1089
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

What I found most interesting and even a bit startling about this 1832 house is that it still has many if not most of its original interior fixtures and furniture. Some of the stuff is truly remarkable in their beauty. The rear garden is not...More

2  Thank LWL3333
MerchantsHouse1832, Executive Director at Merchant's House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2016

Thank you for appreciating the Merchant's House! We also have our 2016 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in other places throughout the house, but thought it would be especially visible in the rest rooms. :)

Reviewed 28 September 2016

My partner and I made a spur of the moment decision to visit this museum on our last half day in New York. We had used up most of our cash so when we arrived I offered to pay by credit card to be told...More

Thank Woodfortrees
MerchantsHouse1832, Owner at Merchant's House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2016

Unfortunately, we have had many, many declined charges and other issues with international credit cards that we had to institute a policy of cash only. We wish it weren't so ...

Reviewed 8 September 2016

While in NYC, we sought out the more out of the way tours. Visiting the Merchant's House and the Tenement Museum, were just the tours to learn about early life in Manhatten.

Thank LynnF1974
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Very interesting original early 1800's house with original furnishings. Check their website and come for their tours. Definitely worth doing the tour.

Thank huntejk
Reviewed 9 August 2016

it's somewhat fascinating how many things have happened in NYC even though it's a relatively young city (compare to London, Moscow and Paris). And indeed most ghosts are actually the "consequences" of industrial revolution which doesn't make this tour anyway less engaging. Great one!

Thank Dmitry F
Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

The tour guide was an older woman that really knew the facts! In this museum, you get to explore how an upper class family lived in the 1800's. The family that occupied the house lived here until the last remaining family member died in the...More

Thank CharlieV2011
Reviewed 4 May 2016

From the servants' room on the 4th floor to the kitchen on the first lower floor, this is an interesting glimpse into life in the 1800s.Only one family lived here for about 100 years. It has been restored to the 1835 look. They have a...More

1  Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 28 March 2016

Went to The Merchant House to watch their annual production of A Christmas Carol. A delightful experience which we heartily recommend. We entered via the downstairs kitchen, had festive drinks and then were seated upstairs in the drawing room for the production. An absolute gem...More

2  Thank Currambiner
Reviewed 20 March 2016

We had walked by this museum many times but not gone in. We finally went in and it was quite interesting. A bit like th Tenement Museum for the Other Half in the 19th century. Very good written materials helped us to a self tour...More

2  Thank Douglas T
Reviewed 15 March 2016

A nice warm welcome awaits any visitor to this small ancient town house in New York, the staff were all very informative about the ghosts said to haunt it, and the displays were magnificent with all the redevelopment and building taking place in the area...More

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