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Merchant's House Museum

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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...more
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29 E 4th St, New York City, NY 10003-7003
+1 212-777-1089
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wanted to see a house of that time. The location is in the middle of Soho. I'm glad I visited this beautiful house, That area has so much history. Lafayette street... What a street. I would never recommend it for a tourist, but a...More

Thank SamuelMustri
MerchantsHouseMuseum, Executive Director at Merchant's House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting. I am truly sorry the house was "too simple and boring" for you! But reassured that you saw its "potential." For the past 6 years, we have been fighting the proposed development of an 8-story hotel right next door. Construction could be...More

Reviewed 3 September 2018

This house museum could be the epitome of all house museums. Very well done, with original furniture, which is very unusual. The volunteers are very knowledgeable. There is a lot of information about the family who lived here, even some information about their servants. It...More

Thank Ellen C
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

I loved finding this museum! I did a google search for museums during our long weekend trip in July and found it. It’s a small location, not like other large Manhattan touristy museums. It’s a house that a merchant shipman bought. The guide was very...More

Thank JenniferA6
Reviewed 30 August 2018

The museum has a lovely yard with excellent sandscaping that creates the perfect setting for a small wedding: romantic, historic, and transcendent. The staff is excellent and supportive, and the building itself is very well maintained.

Thank ManuelP1050
Reviewed 29 August 2018

This 186 year old historic building has been open to the public since 1936. Visitors who take the guided tour will be dazzled by the history and the furnishings that are almost 80% original. The Merchant's House is in grave danger of being damaged and...More

Thank MikeJames969
Reviewed 28 August 2018

This was a lot of fun. Went here after the New York: Drink Like a Local Pub Crawl, I attended. It is considered New York's most haunted house and we found out that they offer Candlelight Ghost Tours in October. The house is gorgeous. Hidden...More

Thank Tnina728
Reviewed 15 August 2018

The only 19th C family home in NYC preserved intact both exterior and interior & became a museum in 1936. One of the first 20 buildings designated in 1965 under the City’s new landmarks law, it became a museum in 1936 and is the only...More

Thank ygNYC
Reviewed 14 August 2018

The history of this house speaks volumes as to the upper working class living in Early NYC as to architecture, period furnishings, mores of of the era, clothing styles, living conditions of the home owner as well as that of the servants that live in...More

Thank Ghostrainchaser
MerchantsHouse1832, Executive Direstor at Merchant's House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Thank you for appreciating the Merchant's House! We agree, it is a "gem." And for your support as we battle for its survival.

Reviewed 11 August 2018

It is unique enough to find a house in its original condition after almost 200 years, but to have the same 1832 furnishings right down to the paintings and details, is amazing. The self guided tour book is well done with the history of the...More

Thank JKVictor
Reviewed 10 August 2018

When I came to visit the Merchant's House on July 21, I didn't expected it would be so much interesting, moving and exciting experience. It was as if I traveled back in time, it was wonderful!!! The Merchant's House is a real treasure in the...More

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