5. Merchant’s House Museum

Merchant House Museum-East Village-NYC

The Merchant’s House Museum was constructed in 1832 for Joseph Brewster. Brewster then sold it to Seabury Tredwell, the house’s eponymous merchant. The federal style house has been a museum since 1936, three years after Tredwell’s daughter died in the house. Today, the museum is one of the Historic House Trust of New York properties and is the only remaining 19th-century family home in New York City whose exteriors and interiors are both preserved.