A special private holiday tour with Carl Raymond, host of The Gilded Gentleman

Visit the historic Merchant’s House Museum decorated for the holiday season and hear about Victorian Christmas traditions

Join Carl Raymond, host of The Gilded Gentleman History podcast for this unique journey back in time. Carl will lead you on a tour of four floors of the house including the dramatic Greek Revival double parlors, the kitchen and the main bedrooms including the Servant’s Quarters at the top of the house. The Merchant’s House Museum was home to the wealthy Tredwell family from 1835 until the last surviving daughter died in 1935 and the home became a historic house museum.  

The Merchant’s House Museum contains many of the family’s belongings including furniture, decorative arts and even their clothes to give an extraordinary and intimate view of life in 19th century New York. 

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This unique experience will include:

  • A one-hour private tour of the Merchant’s House Museum decorated for the holidays led by licensed New York City tour guide and host of The Gilded Gentleman history podcast, Carl Raymond
  • A look at Victorian Christmas traditions including the origin of the Christmas tree and the influence of Queen Victoria and cartoonist Thomas Nast
  • A discussion of how the work of Charles Dickens influenced many of our modern-day holiday traditions
  • A view into the life of the Irish servants who worked for the Tredwells and a special view into their quarters and bedrooms

Here’s what people are saying about tours with Carl Raymond:

“ Carl, our guide, was fantastic. He wasn’t working from a script; he’s an expert in his topics and his delivery was a combination of expertise, friendliness, personal experience, and humor. It was the kind of tour I hope I get and almost never do. If Carl is an example of the Bowery Boys’ tours — and given the quality of the podcast, I’m guessing he is, I would take any of their tours to any part of the city and know I’m in great hands and will come away fulfilled. “
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Note: No promo or discount codes can be used for this special VIP tour


60 minutes


This tour is best suited for ages 16+

Your Guide:

Carl Raymond is the host of The Gilded Gentleman History Podcast, produced by Bowery Boys Media.