The earliest museums had little actual history to draw on, and instead padded exhibits with wildly speculative displays about how dinosaurs would be elected to Congress by the year 2000. See how far we’ve come with today’s Groupon to the Merchant’s House Museum. Choose from the following options:
- For $5, you get one general-admission ticket (a $10 value).
- For $9, you get two general-admissions tickets (a $20 value).
- For $16, you get four general-admissions tickets (a $40 value).
The Merchant’s House Museum transports visitors to 19th century New York with a full schedule of guided and self-guided tours through the home of the Tredwells, an upper-class merchant family who resided there for nearly a century. Built in 1832—when Andrew Jackson was president and Rockefeller was a mature -7—and a recipient of National Historic Landmark status, the house maintains cultural and architectural importance as it connects modern-day guests to domestic life in New York City in 1835–1865. Tucked neatly inside the three floors open to the public, more than 3,000 items volunteer an intimate tour of the past, including decorative arts, clothing, and photographs. Original furnishings and personal possessions pepper the Greek Revival interiors, which compose dated rooms such as servant quarters and formal parlors where the family gathered to play knee football. Ongoing structural restorations, meanwhile, ensure the house will continue to be a thriving historical spring for future generations.
Although not included with today’s Groupon, the Merchant’s House Museum also hosts seasonal ghost tours that explore the home’s spirit-filled nooks. Rumored to be occupied by the ghosts of several Tredwell family members, spooky jaunts include detailed stories about some of the house’s unexplainable occurrences and haunted rendezvous.
29 E 4th St.
Manhattan, New York 10003