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Nichols House Museum

Beacon Hill
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Address: 55 Mount Vernon St, Boston, MA 02108-1330
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+1 617-227-6993
11:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 11:00 - 16:00

The Nichols House Museum's mission is: To preserve and interpret the 1804...

The Nichols House Museum's mission is: To preserve and interpret the 1804 townhouse that was from 1885 until 1960 the home of Rose Standish Nichols, landscape gardener, suffragist and pacifist. The house was built by Jonathan Mason and is attributed to Charles Bulfinch. The museum educates visitors by providing a unique glimpse into the domestic life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on Boston's historic Beacon Hill.

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A Must-See While You're in Boston

The Nichols House is the jewel of Beacon Hill. We had a delightful tour conducted by Elise. Really appreciated the scope of her knowledge not only about the Nichols Family, but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

The Nichols House is the jewel of Beacon Hill. We had a delightful tour conducted by Elise. Really appreciated the scope of her knowledge not only about the Nichols Family, but the special contents of the House. Located on Beacon Hill, it's near the State House and other historical sights, with a fabulous resteuant, nearby, Carrie Nation. I'm so happy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Wonderful knowledgeable young lady gave us an excellent tour of this old house. Great to go inside an actual Beacon Hill home and see what it was like to live here. Interesting facts about the culture at the time. Learned a lot!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

After doing a self guided walking tour of Beacon Hill I wandered in to the Nichols House. I'm so glad I did! The guide was a lovely graduate student who was very knowledgable and interesting. There was one other person on the tour and we spent a very pleasant hour learning about this fascinating family!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Nicely decorated rooms with many paintings and bronze statues and interesting family stories about the property and other family interests including landscape architecture and tapestries. Great rainy day activity a few blocks up from Charles St. and a few blocks away from Boston Commons.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

I was staying in Beacon Hill, and on a rainy day, opted to walk over to the Nichols House to take the tour. The house is lovely, with a side-facing entrance from Mount Vernon Street. I was welcomed into the kitchen by two lovely ladies. The tour was about 45 minutes or so and was $10. We visited several rooms... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

Once the home of Rose Standish Nichols, a landscape gardener and suffragist, Nichols House Museum now preserves the lifestyle, domestic life, and decor of a typical family living in the Beacon Hill neighborhood in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The museum gives you a good introduction to the history of the area and an idea of the unbelievable amount... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

I won a tour of the Nichols House and was very excited. My sisters and I love unique tours that offer different perspectives to the cities we already know and love. The Nichols House Museum did not disappoint. Our guide, Victoria, was very entertaining and knowledgable of the house and its inhabitants. I've never heard the story of Rose and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

Visit Saturday 3 October. Anyone with an interest in the social history of Boston should visit Nichols House. The guide, Julia, was well informed and informative and conveyed her appreciation for the history of the house and its importance as a record of part of the social history of Boston. A delightful way to spend up to an hour and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

We spent a very enjoyable hour visiting this lovely historic house on Beacon Hill. The house is pretty much as it was left by its last occupant, Rose Nichols, who bequeathed the house to the city in her will. Rose was the eldest of three sisters, daughters of a doctor who moved into the city, partly to ensure his children... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

Really enjoyed our guided tour of this small museum. Located on beautiful Mount Vernon Street. Our guide - Julia - was very friendly and informative. It is small but there were just five of us on the tour which was perfect. A real insight into life on Beacon Hill in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Felt inspired to find... More 

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Visit this historic and ritzy Boston neighborhood to soak up its classic New England charm as you stroll down cobblestoned, gas-lamp lined streets. Bring your walking shoes, camera, and select a nice day to wander through the hilly neighborhood and check out its exclusive addresses. Louisburg Square, Mt. Vernon street, Chestnut street and the extremely narrow and widely photographed Acorn street make a nice walking path. Make sure to meander down Charles street to poke into boutiques and antique shops, cafes, and restaurants on this quaint shopping street. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse up close of the State House with its beautiful and iconic dome.
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