Merchant's House Museum

Life at Home in Mid-19th Century New York City

The Ground Floor restoration is complete! Want to know more? Click here.

“The Real Thing …”  The New York Times


The Merchant’s House Museum is New York City’s only family home preserved intact — inside and out — from the 19th century. Built in 1832 just steps from Washington Square, this elegant red-brick and white-marble row house on East Fourth Street was home to a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants for almost 100 years.

Complete with the family’s original furnishings and personal possessions, the house offers a rare and intimate glimpse of domestic life in New York City from 1835-1865.

Two years, one hearing, and three public meetings later, on April 8th the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 6-1 to approve the eight-story hotel development next door. Of course, we will do whatever it takes to protect the house during the construction.   Click here for more information.


In the News …

The Weather Channel visited to find out how people kept the cold at bay in the 19th century. Or tried to.

Certificate of Excellence 2013 (TripAdvisor)
A “Best Kept Secret in the World” (TIME Style)
“Best museum for fully immersing yourself in Old New York: The Merchant’s House” (Metro New York, BEST OF)

An Old Merchant’s House: Life at Home in New York City, 1835-1865, by Mary L. Knapp, Museum Historian
Says one reviewer: “Well researched, Mary Knapp’s book on the day-to-day life in Antebellum New York is a juicy read! In my opinion, the best book out there on 19th century life among the upper class.” Click here to order.

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Here’s what The New York Times says:
“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.”

“Of the estimated 300 Federal houses in Manhattan, the best preserved is the 181-year-old Merchant’s House Museum.”

And … “Manhattan’s most haunted house.”