Merchant's House Museum

29 E. Fourth St., New York, NY 10003
Merchant's House Museum

Inside the Merchant's House Museum.

Photo credit: By Samuel Herman Gottscho, photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Merchant's House Museum, known formerly as the Old Merchant's House and as the Seabury Tredwell House, is the only 19th-century family home in New York City preserved intact.

The museum’s collection of over 3,000 items comprises the possessions of the Tredwells, the wealthy merchant-class family who lived in the House from 1835 to 1933. The collection includes furniture, decorative arts, clothing, photographs and books, household items, and personal items.

Highlights include a suite of 12 mahogany side chairs attributed to renowned furniture maker Duncan Phyfe, a pair of matching six-globe gas chandeliers, and 40 dresses and numerous fashion accessories that belonged to the Tredwell women.

The museum is reputed to be haunted and hosts monthly ghost tours. It is one of the landmarks on the Steampunk Map of New York City compiled by local steampunks.

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