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Merchant’s House Candlelight Ghost Tour
29 East Fourth Street
New York, NY

The Merchant’s House Museum is the only 19th century family home in New York City that has been preserved completely intact. Frozen in time on West 4th Street, it is a truly incredible place to visit and catch a glimpse into the past, but the Museum walls contain more than history. This massive time capsule is also the location of what has been called “Manhattan’s most haunted house.”

Each Halloween, a series of candlelight tours are given in which guests are guided through the antique home at night with just a path of tea light candles to light their way. A brief description of each room is given followed by a recording that features detailed accounts of the strange goings on that have occurred in that room and suggest that its original tenants never left. 

Is it Scary?

The official answer on their website: “Come see the house The New York Times called “Manhattan’s Most Haunted” by flickering candlelight and hear about strange and inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.”

The Raven & Black Cat says: Yes. From the moment you enter the home you can’t help but feel that there is something unsettling happening there. 

Here’s A Tip

The Merchant’s house is currently undergoing a renovation. Since the renovation began last year there has been an increase in strange activity that has been documented by 12 different investigations by supernatural researchers. The Museum is currently holding a raffle to spend a night in the Merchant’s House with the supernatural research team.

What I Loved

This house is amazing. The candlelight ghost tour provides a unique opportunity to explore the home in darkness. I am dying to go back during the day so I can see all the little details that were hidden in the shadows. I am a huge fan of the Victorian era and this house is a perfect example of how terrifying and beautiful that time period can be.

What Could Be Better

The house is perfection even in the midst of a restoration. I strongly encourage the museum to expand on their “spirited” fall events. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would love to witness a séance held in the Merchant’s House Museum. 

Final Thoughts

It’s so creepy I wish I could live there. Since that is an impossibility, I guess I’ll just have to settle with becoming a museum member. Then at least, I’ll be able to visit whenever I want.  

MHM Candlelight Ghost Tours Run

October 21-22nd & 27-29th

Discount Tickets

Full Price Ticket Prices
6-7:30pm: $25
8-9pm: $30
9:30pm (includes 4th floor servants quarters): $40

  • Merchant’s House Museum Members: $13 all time – Click Here for Museum Membership Info.

Age requirements

 The Merchant’s House Museum is open to all ages.

Additional Info


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