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“Nice to see, but HOT!”

Merchant's House Museum
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US$40.00*
and up
Revolutionary War Era Walking Tour
Ranked #152 of 1,144 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Reviewed 9 July 2013

The museum was nice to see. There was adocent that told you about the house and the furniture. It was nice to hear the story. The house has no air conditioner. It was very hot and not comfortable at all. I would not recommend touring the house in July. There are also a lot of stairs to climb ( 4 floors).

Thank etzv
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

This is a great place to go if you have the time and are in the area. It is fascinating to see how early wealthy New Yorkers lived, especially compared with the Tenement Museum. I would suggest the 2pm tour as you'll get more details about the house.

Thank Melinda R
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

After seeing how the "poor folks" lived at the Tenement Museum, we went to the Merchant's House to see life for the more affluent.

They give you a printed guide to carry around with you that explains each room, its furnishings and how and when it was used by the family. So, you can go through the house at your own pace.

It was very well preserved as it was at the time the family lived there. Life was nice for the family, but not so nice for the "Irish girls" who worked in the house and lived under pretty spartan conditions.

If you like old, historical houses, this is a good one to go see.

Thank Veeblefetzer
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

Just recently went on the candlelight ghost tour at the Merchant House in New York City. What a delightful spooky fun adventure if you are into the paranormal and history of the house.

Thank Mary B
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

I didn't make it in time for the guided tour, so the staffer handed me a binder and sent me off on my own. The house and furnishings are really a sight to see, but next time I'll wait for a tour guide.

Thank jeanniecat221
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