Otis House Museum

Otis House Museum 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 dy

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 dy

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Still time to register for "Querying the Past: The LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project!"
06/08/2021

Still time to register for "Querying the Past: The LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project!"

Still time to register for "Querying the Past: The LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project!"

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05/10/2021

Photos from Historic New England's post

05/01/2021

Join Boston Baroque "On the Lawn" for a socially-distanced outdoor concert on June 6 at the Lyman Estate. Performed on the veranda, the one-hour program for strings and harpsichord will feature music by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, and Corelli.

There will be two performances, the first at 1pm and the second at 5pm, and both will run around one hour with no intermission. Audiences will be limited to 150 individuals per performance, and households will be seated in individual pods that will be socially distanced from one another. In the case of rain on June 6, the concert will be postponed to Sunday, June 20.

Ticket Information

https://bostonbaroque.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S4U00000IJjltUAD

Tickets for this concert will be sold by the socially-distanced pod. Pods are limited to between 1-4 individuals.

There are two ticket levels to choose from: Level A seats ($75 per person) will be seated closest to the porch, and Level B seats ($45 per person) will be seated behind Level A.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for this performance. No walk-ups.

Safety Protocols: Boston Baroque will adhere to all state and local safety standards and protocols, and are working with the city of Waltham in this endeavor. Masks must be worn at all times before, during, and after the performance. Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the property, including hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and extra masks. A full list of safety protocols will be sent in advance to all attendees, including social distancing measures, contactless check-in, etc.

All attendees, staff, and musicians will be asked to stay home if they are sick the day of the performance. We have extended our refund policy through the day of the performance for this program, in case an attendee falls ill and is unable to attend. All unvaccinated musicians and staff will undergo daily testing.

The Program

CORELLI
Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 7

HANDEL
Sonata in G Major, Op. 5, No. 4

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051
Jason Fisher, viola
Sarah Darling, viola

VIVALDI
Concerto in D minor for two violins, Op. 3, No. 10
Christina Day Martinson, violin
Jesse Irons, vio

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a visit to Historic New England’s annual herb and vegetable plant sale at the Lyman...
04/30/2021

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a visit to Historic New England’s annual herb and vegetable plant sale at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses. A wide selection of plants are available, as well as pottery and garden gifts. Get expert advice from our greenhouse staff while shopping.
Historic New England members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

All guests must wear a face mask and maintain six feet of social distance. This is an outdoor sale with limited capacity, timed tickets.

May 7,8,9 and 15, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

For more info and timed tickets:
https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/herb-and-vegetable-sale/

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a visit to Historic New England’s annual herb and vegetable plant sale at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses. A wide selection of plants are available, as well as pottery and garden gifts. Get expert advice from our greenhouse staff while shopping.
Historic New England members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

All guests must wear a face mask and maintain six feet of social distance. This is an outdoor sale with limited capacity, timed tickets.

May 7,8,9 and 15, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

For more info and timed tickets:
https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/herb-and-vegetable-sale/

Be sure to get tickets for "Songs to the Lute," the Boston Camerata's performance of Renaissance and Early Baroque songs...
04/28/2021

Be sure to get tickets for "Songs to the Lute," the Boston Camerata's performance of Renaissance and Early Baroque songs, filmed at Historic New England's Lyman Estate. Information follows...

Songs to the Lute
Streams May 15-31, 2021
A summit meeting in Renaissance and early Baroque song as Anne Azéma (voice) and Nigel North (lutes) explore intimate and sensual French repertoires.

Tickets can be purchased at: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36249
The program will be available for streaming at any time between May 15-31, 2021. There is no limit on the number of times you can watch the program during this time. Advance ticket buyers will receive an email containing the link to the video when it is ready to view, typically in the afternoon on the first day of streaming. During the streaming period, ticket buyers will receive the link in their email immediately after their ticket purchase.

Use Historic New England's new app for Otis House to take a virtual tour!The new web app includes information on Boston ...
02/09/2021

Use Historic New England's new app for Otis House to take a virtual tour!

The new web app includes information on Boston furniture, behind-the scenes photographs, a 360° tour of the house, conservation work, stories of the many people who have called Otis House home, and much more.

Start your tour here:

https://otis.house/

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 further notice. Ticket holders will be contacted as soon as possible when an event is cancelled or postponed. For more information email [email protected] or call (617)994-6679.

Our priority is the safety and well being of our visitors and the communities in which we live and work. For our full statement with more information, including ways to experience history at home, 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
Historic New England

Historic New England

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

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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