“Truly We Live in a Dying World”: A 19th-Century Home in Mourning: Exhibition

Monday, October 23, 2017

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.

This event repeats every week on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10/5/2017 and 10/30/2017.

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Step back in time to 1865, when family patriarch Seabury Tredwell died at home in his second floor bedroom. Poignant scenes of death and grief recreated in the house will explore mid-19th century mourning customs. Pay your last respects at his deathbed upstairs, or join the mourning in the double parlor, hung with black crepe and set for a mid-19th century funeral. And stage your own “postmortem” photograph in our 19th century coffin. Then share with your friends on Instagram and Twitter. #mhmcoffin2017

Also on exhibit, Tredwell family photographs and mourning attire and accessories, including jewelry made of hair and jet, a black net veil, several bodices and shawls, and two 1870s mourning gowns. 

Included with regular admission; reservations not required.

Please note: This exhibit is on view from noon to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays and from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays through Mondays, from October 5 through October 30. 



Museum Admission: General admission: $15.00 Student's and Seniors: $10.00 Children under 12: Free

Event Organizer

Merchant's House Museum

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(212) 777-1089

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