Merchant's House Museum

History Museum, Historic Site
29 E 4th St (at Lafayette Street)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-1089
12:00pm - 5:00pm
12:00pm - 5:00pm
12:00pm - 5:00pm
12:00pm - 5:00pm
12:00pm - 5:00pm


  • Check out the fourth floor
  • 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 incongruitiesausterity side-by-side with lavishness.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • HauntedNYC: Manhattan's most haunted house. People have seen a woman while working in the cellar, ghostly men in brown suits, and have seen, smelled, heard or been touched by things that aren't there.
  • An immaculate look into the personal domestic lives of the 19th century cultural elite, but the ghost of Tredwells daughter, Gertrude--a lonely, sheltered spinster--still haunts the place.
  • Step back into 19th century domestic life in NYC with a visit to the Tredwell family home. This merchant's home is full of furnishings, art and the belongings the family accumulated over 100 years.
  • 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.
  • Maybe it's because they are currently renovating buy it's not recommended. Not much to see here. Disclaimer: we're from Europe so maybe we're spoiled.
  • Support this house museum and keep a piece of old New York alive.
  • my brother and I spent a few hours here soaking up all the info and history. the self guided tour is really well done, we loved it. be sure not to miss the beautiful courtyard in the back!
  • We may live in an era of buzzers and AC units, but we still feel a twinge of jealousy when stepping into this mid-19th century residence, with its gorgeous Greek revival interior and luxe furnishings.
  • What an excellent tour! Beautiful house and garden and so fascinating
  • I loved loved loved this museum!
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  • Arguably the most high-profile of the lot, the Merchants House Museum boasts an 1832 late-Federal brick exterior, along with Greek revival interior rooms.
  • Built in 1832, the Merchants House Museum is home to public programs and exhibits relating to New York life in the Nineteenth Century.
  • This is one of the Historic House Trust of New York properties and is the only remaining 19th-century family home in New York City whose exteriors and interiors are both preserved.
  • Nineteenth-century family home; preserved inside and out
  • Built in 1832, this museum is New York Citys only family home preserved intact - both inside and out.

Nearby places

W 4th St (btwn MacDougal St & University Pl)
34 E 4th St (btwn Bowery & Lafayette St)
15 E 7th St (btwn Cooper Sq & 3rd Ave)