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Address: 137 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02116-1504
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+1 617-267-6338

Located on historic Beacon Street, this museum is housed in a 1859 Boston...

Located on historic Beacon Street, this museum is housed in a 1859 Boston brownstone with Victorian furnishings.

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Non reproduction. So rare

Furnishings original. Great guide. Senior admission only six dollars. Do not miss the laundry room or butler's pantry. Old implements.

Reviewed 25 March 2017
new york
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Furnishings original. Great guide. Senior admission only six dollars. Do not miss the laundry room or butler's pantry. Old implements.

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Reviewed 12 February 2017

Cool little museum today on Beacon Street in Boston. It's a five story house (plus basement) built in 1860 and is like a time capsule for a "middle class" house between then and about 1925. It was owned by multiple generations of one family that bought it in 1860 - the last family member to live there turned it into... More 

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Reviewed 24 January 2017

While looking for places to visit in Boston, my boyfriend and I came across the Gibson House museum, which gave us a view into Victorian Boston, as the city expanded from the North and South Ends into the Back Bay. The house is beautifully preserved, from the gorgeous gilt Japanese wallpaper in the entrance foyer downstairs, to the peculiar vented... More 

Thank BnMadven
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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

It's an absolutely stunning house. I know the neighborhood well, so it was great to have an opportunity to finally enter one of the homes. Even more special is the it is preserved just as Catherine Gibson's descendants left it. It's the only single home in the Back Bay that can be toured. The last Gibson to have lived there... More 

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Reviewed 17 October 2016

We were guided by Kelsey, who was in her first day of guiding. She did an excellent job. Clearly, she was well-prepared and was able to answer intelligently our questions. The house was as it was when the family left it many years ago, which accounts for the dated furnishings and fittings - but that is the whole point. Excellent... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Doesn't look like much on the outside but is beautiful and original on the inside! Its pretty neat to see how much detail they put into these houses, wish they would still put effort into our homes being built now. This home has beautiful artwork and a lot of original furnishings. If you appreciate old homes, I highly recommend.

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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Visited today and enjoyed the guided tour. This is an amazing time capsule of a house. Excellent and knowledgeable guide mixed with small and intimate group of visitors made for a very special experience. A must, should you really want to see what life was like for the well healed in a Victorian Boston!

Thank Gavin J
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Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

We toured the house on a very humid Boston day. If was like walking back in time into a home that the owners had stepped out of and would soon return. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a sense of humor. Hour tour and well worth it.

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Montrose, New York
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Reviewed 21 May 2016

The Gibson House Museum brings you back into another time in many ways. I particularly loved the old embossed and gilded wallpaper in the beautiful entrance area. It looked like embossed leather. The bedroom furniture is very original. Interesting also to see the kitchen and the laundry room.

Thank Berit S
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Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Step back in time as you enter this house. Everything looks like the owner just stepped out. Simply amazing tour. See what it was like to live in 1860. Full of antiques, a must see.

Thank Mike H

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