Otis House Museum

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Otis House is the last surviving mansion in Bowdoin Square in Boston's West End neighborhood. Charles Bulfinch designed the house for Harrison Gray Otis, a lawyer who was instrumental in developing nearby Beacon Hill, served in Congress, and was a mayor of Boston. In 1796, Harrison Gray Otis and his wife, Sally, lived and entertained lavishly in this elegantly furnished home designed by their friend Bulfinch. Visitors learn about the Otises, their young family, their servants, and the people who loved here after them, when the building was a genteel boarding house. The house portrays both high-style living in the Federal era and the cycles of change in a dynamic urban neighborhood. April through November, tours are offered Wednesday 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Thursday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with tours every half hour. Last tour on Wed. is at 7:00 p.m. and Thurs - Sun. is at 4:30 p.m. Museum Shop open 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Historic New England Members Tour Free

03/24/2020
Historic New England's response to coronavirus | Historic New England

Important statement on COVID-19: We have decided to suspend all open hours, tours, and events at our historic sites until at least Friday, April 10. Please read our full response, which will be updated with any future changes, at
https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-englands-response-to-coronavirus/

The Historic New England museums that are open to the public year round (Gropius House, Eustis Estate, Lyman Estate and Greenhouses, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center) will be closed until Friday, April 10, or the next regularly scheduled open date thereafter. Up-to-date information....

03/13/2020
Historic New England's response to coronavirus | Historic New England

Historic New England is closely monitoring the latest information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). We have decided to suspend all open hours, tours, and events at our historic sites until Friday, April 10. All ticketed events between now and April 10 are either cancelled or postponed. For more information please visit:

https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-englands-response-to-coronavirus/

The Historic New England museums that are open to the public year round (Gropius House, Eustis Estate, Lyman Estate and Greenhouses, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center) will be closed until Friday, April 10, or the next regularly scheduled open date thereafter. Up-to-date information....

Please join all of us at Historic New England in wishing Sally Foster Otis a happy 250th birthday!
01/10/2020

Please join all of us at Historic New England in wishing Sally Foster Otis a happy 250th birthday!

Celebrate the holidays Victorian style at Historic New England's Lyman Estate.  See where scenes from the newest screen ...
11/15/2019

Celebrate the holidays Victorian style at Historic New England's Lyman Estate. See where scenes from the newest screen adaptation of Little Women were filmed and enjoy Victorian craft-making activities, holiday treats, and a visit from Santa. Fun for the entire family includes making your own Victorian holiday cards, tree decorations, and other period amusements.
Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig, opens in theaters this Christmas.

Advance tickets recommended at HistoricNewEngland.org.
Please call 617-994-5912 for more information.

Tonight...come experience Otis After Dark!  Otis House is open 'til 7:30 pm on Halloween.
10/31/2019

Tonight...come experience Otis After Dark! Otis House is open 'til 7:30 pm on Halloween.

Otis House is staying open late on Halloween!  Tours will run on October 31st from 11 am to 7:30 pm. If you haven't seen...
10/15/2019

Otis House is staying open late on Halloween! Tours will run on October 31st from 11 am to 7:30 pm. If you haven't seen the Otis House at night, you haven't seen the Otis House!

Friday - Sunday, October 18 - 20, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.Shop ou...
10/10/2019

Friday - Sunday, October 18 - 20, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.

Shop our selection of hundreds of orchid plants, including Cattleyas, Laelias, Paphiopedilums, and Phalaenopsis. Our gardening experts can help you choose the right plants for your home.

Please call 617-994-5913 for more information.

09/18/2019
09/18/2019
BEHIND THE SCENES: GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTIONS  Thursday, October 17, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street...
09/13/2019

BEHIND THE SCENES: GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTIONS
Thursday, October 17, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

Explore Historic New England’s extraordinary photography collections in an up-close behind the scenes tour. View nineteenth-century daguerreotypes by Southworth and Hawes, John Adams Whipple, and James Wallace Black. Appreciate the work of women photographers, including prolific author and photographer Mary H. Northend and talented amateur Emma L. Coleman among others.

Advance tickets required. Please call 617-994-6678 or buy online $10 members / $20 non members

https://my.historicnewengland.org/2825/3178

Otis House is happy to be part of this unique tour along with our house museum neighbors!
09/06/2019
House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston Presents: 5-4-3-2-1 Architectural Walking Tour

Otis House is happy to be part of this unique tour along with our house museum neighbors!

The House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston presents: 5-4-3-2-1 Architectural Walking Tour 5 Houses, 4 Centuries, 3 Neighborhoods, 2 Hours, 1 Amazing Walking Tour Admire the exteriors of five landmark historic houses, experience four centuries of architecture, and explore three of the city’s icon...

08/23/2019
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Have you seen the trailer for Little Women Movie? That’s the Lyman Estate where Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet are dancing as Jo and Laurie, about a minute in. We’re thrilled to be one of the Massachusetts locations for the Greta Gerwig-directed adaptation. See it in theaters this Christmas! https://youtu.be/AST2-4db4ic

08/14/2019
08/09/2019
The House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston presents: 5-4-3-2-1 Architectural Walking Tour5 Houses, 4 Centuries, 3 Neig...
08/01/2019

The House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston presents: 5-4-3-2-1 Architectural Walking Tour

5 Houses, 4 Centuries, 3 Neighborhoods, 2 Hours, 1 Amazing Walking Tour

Admire the exteriors of five landmark historic houses, experience four centuries of architecture, and explore three of the city’s iconic neighborhoods on this two-hour walking tour that winds its way across picturesque downtown Boston, making for one special experience.

From Colonial to Federal to Victorian, the stylistic intricacies of the Paul Revere House, Otis House, Nichols House, Prescott House, and Gibson House will be highlighted.

Space is limited and advance ticket purchase is required.

October 5, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

October 19, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/house-museum-alliance-of-downtown-boston-presents-5-4-3-2-1-architectural-walking-tour-tickets-65728346253

07/29/2019
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07/24/2019

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07/17/2019

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Join us this Thursday evening at The Lyman Estate for free Movies at the Mansion!
07/16/2019

Join us this Thursday evening at The Lyman Estate for free Movies at the Mansion!

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07/16/2019

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Free Movies at the Mansion begins this Thursday, July 11th, at the Lyman Estate in Waltham.
07/09/2019

Free Movies at the Mansion begins this Thursday, July 11th, at the Lyman Estate in Waltham.

Getting ready at the Lyman Estate for movies at the Mansion beginning this Thursday, July 11th, with "How to Train Your ...
07/09/2019

Getting ready at the Lyman Estate for movies at the Mansion beginning this Thursday, July 11th, with "How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World"

05/13/2019
Historic New England’s extensive wallpaper collection contains more than 6,000 individual samples of wallpaper, historic...
02/15/2019

Historic New England’s extensive wallpaper collection contains more than 6,000 individual samples of wallpaper, historic photographs of wallpaper in situ, and ephemera dealing with the wallpaper industry. Block printed in green, white, and black on light blue background, this c. 1797 sample from the Otis House has a duty (or tax) stamp on the reverse.

Historic New England presents "Program in New England Studies," an intensive week-long exploration of New England decora...
02/11/2019

Historic New England presents "Program in New England Studies," an intensive week-long exploration of New England decorative arts and architecture from Monday, June 17 to Saturday, June 22, 2019.

At Program in New England Studies you’ll learn about New England culture from the seventeenth century to the Colonial Revival through artifacts and architecture.

For more information: https://my.historicnewengland.org/800/801

Neo-classical style, influenced by the aesthetics of ancient Greece and Rome, emerged as a vital part of architectural d...
02/08/2019

Neo-classical style, influenced by the aesthetics of ancient Greece and Rome, emerged as a vital part of architectural development at the end of the 18th century. This was largely due to the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 1738. The Otis House, pictured here, reflects the popularity of this style, elements of which can be found in many of its architectural details.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Sally Foster Otis would have had a very busy schedule managing the many facet...
02/05/2019

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Sally Foster Otis would have had a very busy schedule managing the many facets of the Otis household and entertaining. Her style of dress, with a pleated bodice and ermine-collared velvet cloak, was very fashionable in the 1820's and 1830's. Everything about this portrait speaks to wealth, social accomplishment, and style--exactly what we would expect of Mrs. Otis.

This Christmas Eve, the Beacon Hill Bell Ringers will be performing in Beacon Hill for the 94th year! Come to Louisburg ...
12/20/2018

This Christmas Eve, the Beacon Hill Bell Ringers will be performing in Beacon Hill for the 94th year! Come to Louisburg Square to hear traditional Christmas favorites performed on the original handbells.

The program begins at 8:00 p.m. on December 24 on the front steps of 13 Louisburg Square. All are welcome for free, and the Ringers will hand out song books and sleigh bells to accompany the English handbells.

The tradition began in 1924, when Margaret Nichols Shurcliff and her children rang Christmas carols in front of their home. A joyful gathering of neighbors joined them, and the celebration eventually grew. The picture below is from one of the first years of the bell-ringing.

For more information about the program, contact Pamela Madigan of the Beacon Hill Bell Ringers at 617-680-3393.

See Otis House like they did in 1796, by candlelight! Join us as a guest of the Otis family next Thursday evening.http:/...
08/24/2018
Otis at Night

See Otis House like they did in 1796, by candlelight! Join us as a guest of the Otis family next Thursday evening.

http://shop.historicnewengland.org/HGO-AFTERHOUR-9972/

Otis at Night: Thursday August 30, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.. . Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.. . Enjoy a summer evening in the Otis House

In 1900, Boston had the most breweries per person of any city in the country! And many of them were established by Irish...
08/21/2018
Twilight Talks, Lost Breweries of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain

In 1900, Boston had the most breweries per person of any city in the country! And many of them were established by Irish and German immigrants.

Join us tonight at Otis House to learn more. This event is cosponsored by The Victorian Society in America, New England Chapter.

http://shop.historicnewengland.org/HGO-TWILIGHT-3-8057/

Twilight Talks, Lost Breweries of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain: Tuesday, August 21, 5:30 p.m. courtyard reception, 6:00 p.m. talk. . Otis House, 141 Camb

In just a few weeks, join us for a walk through Beacon Hill to explore its most-Instagrammable spots. It will be led by ...
07/15/2018
Instagrammable Beacon Hill

In just a few weeks, join us for a walk through Beacon Hill to explore its most-Instagrammable spots. It will be led by one of our Guides, Matthew Dickey (@_madickey_).

http://shop.historicnewengland.org/HGO-BHWT-3-7091/

Instagrammable Beacon Hill: Saturday, August 4, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. . . Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.. . Join Matthew Dickey (@_madick

On this day in 1848, Harriot K. Hunt visited a Shaker community in Harvard MA as part of her medical education. Hunt liv...
07/07/2018
Dr. Harriot K. Hunt Visits the Shakers

On this day in 1848, Harriot K. Hunt visited a Shaker community in Harvard MA as part of her medical education. Hunt lived at Otis House in the 1830s and became the first woman admitted to Harvard Medical School.

https://www.massmoments.org/moment-details/dr-harriot-k-hunt-visits-the-shakers.html?utm_source=Mailchimp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eMoment

On this day in 1848, Dr. Harriot K. Hunt of Boston, one of the nation's first female physicians, made a visit to the Shaker community in Harvard. She found much …

We are open for free tours all day today! Celebrate the 4th in the grand style of Harry and Sally Otis.Tours run on the ...
07/04/2018

We are open for free tours all day today! Celebrate the 4th in the grand style of Harry and Sally Otis.

Tours run on the hour and half hour from 11-7:30pm.

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141 Cambridge St
Boston, MA
02114

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Where Beacon Hill Began

Otis House is the last surviving mansion in Bowdoin Square in Boston's West End neighborhood. Charles Bulfinch designed the house for Harrison Gray Otis, a lawyer who was instrumental in developing nearby Beacon Hill, served in Congress, and was a mayor of Boston. In 1796, Harrison Gray Otis and his wife, Sally, lived and entertained lavishly in this elegantly furnished home designed by their friend Bulfinch. Visitors learn about the Otises, their young family, their servants, and the people who loved here after them, when the building was a genteel boarding house. The house portrays both high-style living in the Federal era and the cycles of change in a dynamic urban neighborhood. From April through November, tours are offered Wednesdays from 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., and Thursday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with tours every half hour. (Last tour is at 7:00 p.m. on Wed., and 4:30 p.m. Thurs - Sun.).

From December through March, the house is open for group tours only. Contact us for more information! Museum Shop open during the regular season from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Historic New England Members Tour Free