Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden MVHM celebrates life in 19th-century New York and educates the community through relevant interpretation and preservation of the only remaining historic day hotel in Manhattan. It is owned and operated by The Colonial Dames of America.

Happy #nationalrainbowday Recently rainbows have become a symbol of hope so share one today! We created these using pris...
04/03/2020

Happy #nationalrainbowday Recently rainbows have become a symbol of hope so share one today! We created these using prisms hanging on the Museum argand oil lamps. In the 19th century the prisms reflected light. and then as now, helped brighten the day. #newyorkhistory #newyorkmuseums #19thcentury @ Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

"What's It" WednesdaySofa (A.1992.001)Date: 1815-1825Materials: Mahogany, gilt brass, modern silk upholsteryPlace of Ori...
04/01/2020

"What's It" Wednesday

Sofa (A.1992.001)
Date: 1815-1825
Materials: Mahogany, gilt brass, modern silk upholstery
Place of Origin: New York City
Gift of Joanne Witty and Eugene J. Keilin

The Upper Hall at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum features a mahogany veneered Grecian-style sofa with gilt-brass ornamentation and verde antique winged griffin’s-paw feet. The upholstery is done in a reproduction 1820s anthemia pattern in red and gold silk damask, with two accompanying bolsters. The form and carved design of this piece relate to several sofas made in New York City circa 1820 by the well-known cabinetmakers Duncan Phyfe and Thompson & Weeks. A sofa like the one in the Upper Hall at MVHM would be a marked sign of affluence and modernity.

The economic boom and commercial growth of New York City after the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 ushered in a new era of consumerism; this was the first time middle-class consumers had sufficient money to flaunt and leisure time to do so publicly. One way for to spend one’s extra time and money was by visiting the new upholstery shops springing up around downtown. The reproduction Neoclassical style fabric covering the piece recalls the “India satin damask of the most fashionable colours” mentioned by Dickie and Murray. The gold florettes on a crimson background reflect the clear, bold color palette often associated with Neoclassical design and compliment the French influence of the wooden frame.

The upholsterers who finished the sofa in the Upper Hall—either in the cabinetmaker’s shop or as a separate commission—were also likely to be looking overseas for information on the types of textiles and styles currently in fashion. A Dickie and Murray’s ad, which ran in the New-York Evening Post in 1832, gives an idea of the broad range of upholsterers’ functions and their stock of the latest styles from overseas:

“Dickie & Murray, Upholsterers in general, No. 152 Fulton street, respectfully inform their friends and the public, that they are now ready to execute any orders . . . They have also for sale, which have either been imported or made to their order, a great variety of material for curtains or furniture, amongst which are viz. sattin damask furniture in patterns for sofas, chaise lounges, chairs, &c. . . . India satin damask of the most fashionable colours; French furniture cottons of the newest styles; worst’d damasks; moreens; chintzes. &c. . . . Orris Lace, of all colours, a new article for Curtains, and the first ever imported into this market, which they particularly recommend as a trimming for India Damask.”

Fashionable New York City-based cabinetmakers like Duncan Phyfe and Joseph Meeks were proving that American craftsmanship could be just as refined as anything purchased in Europe. Additionally, with the growing number of manufacturers in New York alongside the increasing wealth of middle-class consumers, fashionable home furnishings were becoming more widely available outside the confines of the traditional land-holding elite.

Time for “What’s It?” Wednesday!Can you tell what this picture is of in our collection??Reply below to guess - and see t...
04/01/2020

Time for “What’s It?” Wednesday!
Can you tell what this picture is of in our collection??
Reply below to guess - and see the feature posted later today on our page to learn more!
Hint: it pertains to something we’ve all been unfortunately doing a lot more these days...
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#whatsitwednesday #historiccollection #19thcenturyhistory #historicnewyork #mountvernonhotelmuseum

04/01/2020

Today is April 1, and the Museum remains closed, following government guidelines. However, we are working hard to create virtual experiences and online activities to support you during this difficult time.

For news and resources, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Stay safe and be well.

We just finished our first remote Lunchtime Lecture! Today’s was on the 19th century trend in silhouette making. See the...
03/27/2020

We just finished our first remote Lunchtime Lecture! Today’s was on the 19th century trend in silhouette making. See the link our bio to watch a how-to for making silhouettes at home! And stay tuned in to find out about our next free remote programs and activities.
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Silhouettes, late 18th-early 19th century.
Collection of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden and the Colonial Dames of America.
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#historicportraits #silhouettes #stayathomecraft #mountvernonhotelmuseum

🍀🍀🍀 a St Patrick’s Day posting to offer a view into another time! (1) This marker of old New York, Old St Patrick’s Cath...
03/17/2020

🍀🍀🍀 a St Patrick’s Day posting to offer a view into another time!

(1) This marker of old New York, Old St Patrick’s Cathedral on Mott & Mulberry in Soho, gives us a starting point to the impactful Irish presence in the city in the 1820s. From here in 1823, Bishop Connelly invited Cuban independence advocate and refugee from Spain Father Felix Varela to join in ministering to the poorest of Irish in New York.

(2) It was thousands of Irish laborers who answered the call to partake in dangerous work on New York State’s grand canal in the 1810s-20s. These workers created the labor-saving devices necessary for engineering and laying the canal that altered NY’s economy forever.

(3) & (4) With even more infrastructure work to be had on bridges, damns, and aqueducts, ads for regular passage from Ireland appeared in penny papers like The Sun in the decades following, bringing more Irish to take refuge on the shores of America.

(5) Irish actor, Tyrone Power, toured the U.S. in 1834-36 and wrote on the hard-working Irish laborers he encountered and the tight-knit communities they grew around them.

📸: MVHM Collection &
@nypl
#nyhistory #irishhistory #happystpatricksday #oldstpatricks #soho #eriecanal #tyronpower @ Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

03/12/2020

In response to concerns relating to COVID-19 and the health and well-being of our community, volunteers, and staff, the Museum will close to the public temporarily, effective March 13. Please check our website for updates as we continue to monitor this evolving situation.

Our first daffodil of the “spring” in the Museum garden! The garden is open so please stop by, sit for a bit on one of t...
03/10/2020

Our first daffodil of the “spring” in the Museum garden! The garden is open so please stop by, sit for a bit on one of the benches and enjoy the weather. #KeepExploringNYC #nycmuseum #mountvernonhotelmuseum #springflowers

Our first daffodil of the “spring” in the Museum garden! The garden is open so please stop by, sit for a bit on one of t...
03/10/2020

Our first daffodil of the “spring” in the Museum garden! The garden is open so please stop by, sit for a bit on one of the benches and enjoy the weather. #KeepExploringNYC #nycmuseum #mountvernonhotelmuseum #springflowers

Our French Barrel Organ is overflowing with hearts from our annual February “Choose Your Favorite Artifact” campaign and...
02/29/2020

Our French Barrel Organ is overflowing with hearts from our annual February “Choose Your Favorite Artifact” campaign and is once again the winner! Thanks to everyone who participated! #historynyc #nycmuseum #mountvernonhotelmuseum

Les invitamos a nuestros tours gratuitos en Español en el museo del Mount Vernon Hotel Museum. El primer tour sera este ...
02/24/2020

Les invitamos a nuestros tours gratuitos en Español en el museo del Mount Vernon Hotel Museum.
El primer tour sera este 29 de Febrero, con el tema de comida. Todos los tours incluyen refrigerios para celebrar.
Te Esperamos !
#mountvernonhotelmuseum #historyofnyc #historiadeny #ny

Can you guess what this 18th-century fragment is? The handwritten note contains a clue. Join us on Sunday for our annual...
02/12/2020

Can you guess what this 18th-century fragment is? The handwritten note contains a clue. Join us on Sunday for our annual Washington’s Birthday Ball as we celebrate with music & dance, food & drink, and showcase more objects like this. #washingtonsbirthday #presidentsday #nychistoricbuildings #historynyc #nycmuseum #mountvernonhotelmuseum

02/11/2020

Applications are available on our website for the summer 2020 William Randolph Hearst Fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students. Fellows complete an independent project related to the Museum’s interpretation of 19th-century New York life and participate in the programming for a historic site. For details, go to https://mvhm.org/get-involved/

Happy Umbrella Day! The first “umbrella” was actually the parasol, created thousands of years ago for protection from th...
02/10/2020

Happy Umbrella Day! The first “umbrella” was actually the parasol, created thousands of years ago for protection from the sun. Parasols remained popular in the 19th century and many were beautiful fashion accessories. #umbrelladay #mountvernonhotelmuseum #historynyc #nycmuseum

Take a seat in these 19th-century chairs and experience the Museum rooms from a new perspective. We’ll even supply the p...
02/03/2020

Take a seat in these 19th-century chairs and experience the Museum rooms from a new perspective. We’ll even supply the props if you want to take a photo! #mountvernonhotelmuseum #historicnyc #nycmuseum #19thcentury

Happy National Pie Day!  A perfect day to visit the Museum to see our beautiful punched tin “pie safe” with pumpkin and ...
01/23/2020

Happy National Pie Day! A perfect day to visit the Museum to see our beautiful punched tin “pie safe” with pumpkin and berry pies inside. 19th-century New Yorkers would also have enjoyed oyster and carrot pies. #pieday #mountvernonhotelmuseum #nycmuseums #nychistory

We are participating in NYC Must-See Week, so now is a great time to visit the Museum!
01/23/2020
NYC Must-See Week Is Back

We are participating in NYC Must-See Week, so now is a great time to visit the Museum!

2-for-1 tickets on sale!

Does this remind you of a scene from “Little Women?” You can see this 19th-century curling iron “heating” on the cooksto...
01/17/2020

Does this remind you of a scene from “Little Women?” You can see this 19th-century curling iron “heating” on the cookstove in our historic kitchen. #mountvernonhotelmuseum #nychistory #nycmuseum #littlewomen #oscarnominations

The Museum is decorated for the holidays, including this plate of traditional Christmas cookies that date to Medieval Eu...
12/04/2019

The Museum is decorated for the holidays, including this plate of traditional Christmas cookies that date to Medieval European reviews featuring cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, almonds and dried fruit. #nationalcookieday #mountvernonhotelmuseum #nycholidays #nychistory #christmascookies #nycmuseums

How many of these 19th-century candies can you identify? Do you know how jelly beans originated? What the first commerci...
10/01/2019

How many of these 19th-century candies can you identify? Do you know how jelly beans originated? What the first commercially made candy in America was? Find out all this and more on Sunday when we explore the history of candy in America. Tasting bag included! #mountvernonhotelmuseum #nycmuseum #nyhistory #candy #truetreatshistoriccandy

19th-century sailors created many beautiful objects with fancy knot work. Join us Saturday to hear about nautical knots,...
09/23/2019

19th-century sailors created many beautiful objects with fancy knot work. Join us Saturday to hear about nautical knots, learn to tie a Carrick bend knot, and then use it to create a bracelet. #mountvernonhotelmuseum #19thcentury #nyhistory #nycmuseum

🌷🕊🏺This beautiful design is inside of a punchbowl on display in thegentlemen's parlor at the historical Mount Vernon Hot...
09/20/2019

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This beautiful design is inside of a punchbowl on display in the
gentlemen's parlor at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum in New
York City.

The punchbowl was made around 1840 in China, of porcelain, enamel, and
gilding. The design focuses on a central rose medallion, a popular
pattern in antebellum America, flanked by panels of Chinese figures,
flowers, and birds.
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To spice up your #nationalpunchday, celebrate with a cold glass of
Philadelphia Fish House Punch [1], a popular punch served in
19th-century bars and taverns, in punchbowls like this one.

To spice up tomorrow, come visit the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum for
#nationalnewyorkday to learn some New York City history!

By: Isabella L., MVHM HS Intern

#ceramics #trade #punch #NYC #history #nychistory

Join us Friday for our Lunchtime Lecture on Criminal Justice Reform: 19th Century vs. Today. Lecture and discussion begi...
09/12/2019

Join us Friday for our Lunchtime Lecture on Criminal Justice Reform: 19th Century vs. Today. Lecture and discussion begin at 12:30pm. Feel free to bring your lunch. Tea provided. (Photo of Newgate Prison from the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of the New York Public Library.)

Ice cream maker from the early 19th century. On Saturday visitors of all ages can try out the “shake” method to make the...
06/13/2019

Ice cream maker from the early 19th century. On Saturday visitors of all ages can try out the “shake” method to make their own homemade ice cream, pick mint and other herbs from our garden for flavoring, and learn about the origins of this favorite treat. #nychistory #nycmuseum #icecream #mountvernonhotelmuseum

The theme for today's "Hand-in-Hand" program for individuals with memory loss and their care partners is gardening, and ...
06/13/2019

The theme for today's "Hand-in-Hand" program for individuals with memory loss and their care partners is gardening, and will take place at 2pm, rain or shine. All activities can be moved inside, if necessary. Please call the Museum to RSVP.

Have family or friends planning a trip to NYC? Encourage them to check out our Airbnb Social Impact Experience. 100% of ...
04/02/2019
Taste the Past: Museum Tour & Tea - Airbnb

Have family or friends planning a trip to NYC? Encourage them to check out our Airbnb Social Impact Experience. 100% of the proceeds go to the Museum to support preservation and programming.

New York - Taste the Past: Museum Tour & Tea. I am the Director of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden and have been involved with this amazing cultural institution for over 15 years. I'm passionate about sharing the history of early 19th-century New York with visitors of all ages and enjoy telli...

Celebrate Women's History Month with us on Wednesday, March 27, at 6pm at the Webster Library for "Invaluable Training: ...
03/25/2019

Celebrate Women's History Month with us on Wednesday, March 27, at 6pm at the Webster Library for "Invaluable Training: Muralist Hildreth Meière Prepares for World War I." Co-sponsored with The Office of Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright & the East Side WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee in partnership with The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and The Webster Library. The lecture is free but RSVPs are required as space is limited.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day (a little bit early), join us Friday at 12:30pm for our monthly Lunchtime Lecture, and hea...
03/07/2019

In honor of St. Patrick's Day (a little bit early), join us Friday at 12:30pm for our monthly Lunchtime Lecture, and hear about the struggles and triumphs of the Irish immigrants in the early 19th century. A cup of tea will be served.

This unusual 12-sided transferware tea cup is one of the 19th-century ceramics you can drink from during Saturday’s Hist...
03/07/2019

This unusual 12-sided transferware tea cup is one of the 19th-century ceramics you can drink from during Saturday’s Historic Tea Tasting. Sessions at 1:30 and 3:30pm but tickets are very limited. #19thcentury #nychistory #tealover #mvhm #nycmuseum

It's Winter Break History Week at the Museum. Children, ages 8-12, can travel back in time and experience 19th-century N...
02/19/2019
Winter Break History Week

It's Winter Break History Week at the Museum. Children, ages 8-12, can travel back in time and experience 19th-century New York. Each day is a different theme. Sign up for one or for them all!

Days off school? Let your kids be time travelers!

Fact or Fiction? George Washington and his love of cherries. Find out Sunday at our annual Washington's Birthday Ball as...
02/13/2019

Fact or Fiction? George Washington and his love of cherries. Find out Sunday at our annual Washington's Birthday Ball as we celebrate our first president with music, dance, sweets and more, just like 19th-century New Yorkers.

Join us Saturday at 2pm for a mash-up of 19th-century sewing and early science. Embroider a map of NY and sew in circuit...
01/30/2019

Join us Saturday at 2pm for a mash-up of 19th-century sewing and early science. Embroider a map of NY and sew in circuits to light up points of interest. Advance tickets required.

On Sunday at 1pm we will host our annual Teddy Bear Tea that includes a visit with "Mrs. Woodhull," the Hotel proprietor...
01/04/2019

On Sunday at 1pm we will host our annual Teddy Bear Tea that includes a visit with "Mrs. Woodhull," the Hotel proprietor's wife. It is designed for children 6 and under with their families. Tickets are still available.

Experience the holiday season of old New York. Our 1799 building is decorated and open for tours. And if you join us on ...
12/12/2018

Experience the holiday season of old New York. Our 1799 building is decorated and open for tours. And if you join us on Friday for our monthly Lunchtime Lecture, we are sure that at least one of our stories of 19th-century holiday traditions will surprise you.

Join us tomorrow night as Corin Hirsch, author of "Forgotten Drinks," explores early American tastes for alcohol and dem...
12/10/2018

Join us tomorrow night as Corin Hirsch, author of "Forgotten Drinks," explores early American tastes for alcohol and demonstrates how to make colonial era drinks such as flip. Call the Museum to reserve your spot.

Even though Museum Store Sunday has officially passed, museum shops are still a great place to find special holiday gift...
12/07/2018

Even though Museum Store Sunday has officially passed, museum shops are still a great place to find special holiday gifts. All of your purchases support the missions of these cultural institutions.

Save the date for the 2019 #MuseumStoreSunday - December 1, 2019. Cheers to all of the PATRONS, BRANDS, INSTITUTIONS and CONSUMERS OF CULTURE who participated in Museum Store Sunday this year! 📸 @tsgsanantonio

Holiday Candlelight Tours are almost here. On Friday and Saturday see the Museum aglow in candlelight, and enjoy traditi...
12/04/2018

Holiday Candlelight Tours are almost here. On Friday and Saturday see the Museum aglow in candlelight, and enjoy traditional wassail and gingerbread while listening to tales and music of Christmases past.

On this Giving Tuesday, we want to say "Thank you" to all of our Museum donors and encourage everyone to support a cause...
11/27/2018

On this Giving Tuesday, we want to say "Thank you" to all of our Museum donors and encourage everyone to support a cause or organization that is important to you. It will make our communities a little brighter today.

Join us today at 12:30pm for our monthly Lunchtime Lecture. To accompany our current exhibit on Greek Revival in New Yor...
11/09/2018

Join us today at 12:30pm for our monthly Lunchtime Lecture. To accompany our current exhibit on Greek Revival in New York, we will be discussing the role that Greek tragedies played in early Athenian society and the potential role they can play today. Bring your lunch and we'll provide the tea.

Do you need a finishing touch for your Halloween costume? Are you curious about modern day millinery? Do you support upc...
10/09/2018

Do you need a finishing touch for your Halloween costume? Are you curious about modern day millinery? Do you support upcycling? If you answered yes to any of these, join us on Saturday at 1pm to make your own hat and hair accessories with New York hat designer, Lisa McFadden. Details at mvhm.org

Join us tonight at 7pm for Movie Night in the Garden. See how NYC was depicted in early films including rarely seen sile...
09/21/2018

Join us tonight at 7pm for Movie Night in the Garden. See how NYC was depicted in early films including rarely seen silents. Limited tickets still available. Popcorn included.

Sunday's Grand Victorian Tea is a top 9 pick per Gothamist. The weather looks like it will be perfect for tea in the Mus...
09/14/2018
9 Fun Things To Do In NYC This Week (Besides Voting)

Sunday's Grand Victorian Tea is a top 9 pick per Gothamist. The weather looks like it will be perfect for tea in the Museum garden so please plan to join us. Limited tickets are still available.

#1: VOTE. #2: maybe check out the Honey Festival.

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421 E 61st St
New York, NY
10065

Bus: M15, M31 or M57. Subway: N, R or 4, 5, 6 to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue Station or the F to Lexington Avenue

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