Merchant’s House Museum

The Merchant’s House was built in 1832 and served as home for the Tredwell family and their four Irish servants. The perfect way to see what life was really like in 19th-century New York, the Merchant's House has four floors of period rooms and original possessions including furniture, household goods, books, and clothing. Tours focus on social customs, domestic life, 19th-century decorative arts and architecture, and the changes brought by an early industrial economy.

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Hrs: Thurs. 12PM-8PM, Fri.-Mon. 12PM-5PM.


Students can take a trip back in time and compare life in the 19th century to life today. They will learn about four floors of rooms in the Merchant’s House including the kitchen, bedrooms, parlor, and servants’ quarters. The House is complete with the family’s personal objects, and even their clothing. Tours for high school classes are focus on daily life for the upper class, and can include additional close-up topics such as Life at Home in Old New York, In the Footsteps of Bridget Murphy, and even a Neighborhood Walking Tour of 19th Century Noho.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies

topics covered:
19th century history, economics, history, immigration, industry

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Phone: 212-777-1089.


Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: Min. 10, max. 40 people. Program Type: Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-1 hour. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: n/a. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: n/a. Accessible To: n/a.

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