Merchant's House Museum, New York City

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The Merchant's House Museum, known formerly as the Old Merchant's House and as the Seabury Tredwell House, is the only nineteenth-century family home in New York City preserved intact — both inside and out. Built "on speculation" in 1832 by Joseph Brewster, a hatter by trade, it is located at 29 East Fourth Street, between Lafayette Street and the Bowery in Manhattan. It became a museum in 1936, founded by George Chapman, a cousin of the family who once lived there.

The House was among the first 20 buildings designated in 1965 under the City's new landmarks law. It is the only historic house museum in the Greenwich Village/Soho/NoHo neighborhoods.
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  • I am a fan of Dicken’s literature and have nearly memorized A Christmas Carol, so I was. It excited about seeing it performed at Merchant House during our Christmas visit to anew York City. How wrong....  more »
  • True to the spirit of the season in every way from the carolers to the Victorian ordeuves to the night before Christmas and the Christmas Carol all so reminiscent of history past. So nice to preserve  more »
  • A good place to spend a few hours while in New York. It's not a big place but it does shine a light on one families forgotten past. Take a self-guided tour. The staff is well informed and helpful.
  • completely intact from the 1830s. beautiful furnishings. a window into the past.

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