Lower Manhattan's Merchant's House Museum is marking its 85th anniversary this year.
- Lower Manhattan's Merchant's House Museum is marking its 85th anniversary. It opened to the public as a museum on May 11, 1936, after 98 years as a home to a single family. It was among the first 20 buildings designated in 1965 under the city's new landmark law and the very first in Manhattan. A volunteer we spoke with says since they reopened a few weeks ago, there's been plenty of interest from people just now discovering the museum.
DENNIS MCAVENA: We've had a lot of people waiting in the wings to get into the house. They had no idea that it was one of the first buildings landmarked in New York City. They had no idea that it is still totally intact with the original family furniture.
- The museum is open to visitors by appointment only on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00. Six visitors are allowed in at one time.