The Gibson House Museum

The Gibson House Museum A National Historic Landmark in Boston's Back Bay, home to three generations of the Gibson family from 1859 to 1954. The house has four floors of original interiors and furnishings and is open to the public.

Tours are given on the hour at 1, 2, and 3 p.m.. Wednesday through Sunday. The museum is closed on major holidays. For groups of twelve and more please call for a reservation. 617-267-6338 or email [email protected] website: www.thegibsonhouse.org

Boston Preservation Alliance
06/29/2019
Boston Preservation Alliance

Boston Preservation Alliance

As Pride month draws to a close, we’re spotlighting some of the historical places in and around Boston that comprise this city’s rich and vibrant LGBTQ culture. Read more on the blog.

06/29/2019

We regret that we must be closed on the following days: Sunday June 30, Thursday and Friday July 4 and 5, and Sunday July 7.

We regret that we had to cancel today's scheduled program, Precious and Adored, but you can read about Tilly Laskey's bo...
06/20/2019
A gay first lady? Yes, we’ve already had one, and here are her love letters.

We regret that we had to cancel today's scheduled program, Precious and Adored, but you can read about Tilly Laskey's book in today's Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/06/20/she-was-once-first-lady-she-is-buried-next-her-longtime-female-partner/?utm_term=.23100d08cffb&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

We expect to reschedule the talk, probably during 2020's Pride Week.

Rose Cleveland declared her passion for the woman she had a relationship with spanning three decades in letter after letter.

Boston Preservation Alliance
04/30/2019
Boston Preservation Alliance

Boston Preservation Alliance

Alliance Alert! Proposed changes to the National Register of Historic Places will significantly alter the ways in which sites are nominated and selected for inclusion. David Anderson from Forbes says it well, "... if we ignore the historic sites from our Nation’s past, generations of voices will fall silent."

The deadline for public comment is April 30 (today). Please follow this link to add your voice and keep the stories of our Nation's past echoing for generations. https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NPS-2019-0001

Big news in the Boston historic preservation world.
04/27/2019

Big news in the Boston historic preservation world.

We have big news to share: The Old South Association board has voted to pursue a merger with the Bostonian Society, which is the primary steward of the Old State House. We believe this combination will strengthen our shared commitment to maintain and enhance visitor experiences in and around the two historic Freedom Trail sites long into the future.

After nine months of thoughtful and detailed discussions among staff and board members of the two organizations, the votes by both boards allow us to work toward a formal agreement, which is expected later this year.

Enjoy our latest blog post about 19th c. fashion at the Gibson House Museum, written by curatorial intern Nicole Gauthie...
04/26/2019
Finding Old-School Fashion in the Fast-Paced World

Enjoy our latest blog post about 19th c. fashion at the Gibson House Museum, written by curatorial intern Nicole Gauthier of Simmons University.

Getting dressed in the 1860s and 1870s was a complicated process. Women’s fashion included many layers and separate articles that combined ...

Participate in Artweek 2019 at the Gibson House: from April 26 through May 5 make your story part of the history of the ...
04/24/2019

Participate in Artweek 2019 at the Gibson House: from April 26 through May 5 make your story part of the history of the Gibson House Museum and Back Bay by writing on our participatory outdoor chalkboard. Answer a question and see how the Gibsons might have answered. And then take a guided tour afterwards, if you like.

Boston Preservation Alliance
04/18/2019

Boston Preservation Alliance

The Alliance joined a coalition to bring the Community Preservation Act to Boston. This new funding stream for our buildings, parks, and housing is an excellent move forward in protecting our shared history. Join us in celebrating the City of Boston's investment in historic preservation.

The museum is an Early Bird for ArtWeek, April 26 to May 5, so our name is up at the Boch Center. Check out the ArtWeek ...
04/02/2019

The museum is an Early Bird for ArtWeek, April 26 to May 5, so our name is up at the Boch Center. Check out the ArtWeek website for all the programs: https://www.artweekma.org/

This year the Gibson House Museum Benefit was at St Botolph Club. A good time was had by all. Hope you can join us next ...
03/30/2019

This year the Gibson House Museum Benefit was at St Botolph Club. A good time was had by all. Hope you can join us next year.

03/26/2019

We regret that the museum will be closed for tours this Saturday, March 30.

We wish this lovely couple the greatest happiness after their wedding today at the museum. We wish we could host more su...
03/23/2019

We wish this lovely couple the greatest happiness after their wedding today at the museum. We wish we could host more such events but our very limited space and refreshment restrictions usually make it impossible. We are so glad it worked out today.

This stunning couple, Matthew Kanz and Jennifer Sanchez, grew up in two vastly different areas of the country. Matt is from Ohio and Jennifer is from California but that didn't stop them from meeting each other thanks to the Plenty of Fish dating website. Matt is in the Coast Guard and was stationed in Southern California and met his destiny after he went "fishing" for a first-date with Jennifer in Long Beach; it was a great first date that lead to few more dates until he got transferred to Boston. The distance between them was no match for the love they had for each other so Jennifer packed up her life and headed east to be with Matt and the rest is history where we fast forward to today, their Wedding Day.

Kudos to our non-native couple for finding The Gibson House Museum, an exceptional and eclectic home that has been frozen in time from the Gilded Ages located at 137 Beacon and is a National Historic Landmark in Boston's Back Bay, home to three generations of the Gibson family from 1859 to 1954. The house has four floors of original interiors and furnishings and is open to the public and served as a perfect location for this quaint and intimate ceremony.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Matthew and Jennifer Kanz with their nuptials and wishing them the very best for a long, healthy, and happy marriage.

We will not be offering 1 pm and 2 pm tours this Saturday, March 23, because a wedding will be taking place at the Museu...
03/21/2019

We will not be offering 1 pm and 2 pm tours this Saturday, March 23, because a wedding will be taking place at the Museum. We will reopen for the 3 pm tour. We regret any inconvenience.

On this St. Patrick's Day we remember the many Irish servants employed by the Gibson family.
03/17/2019

On this St. Patrick's Day we remember the many Irish servants employed by the Gibson family.

In honor of Catherine Hammond Gibson and Rosamond Warren Gibson, on Friday March 8, all women-identifying visitors recei...
03/02/2019

In honor of Catherine Hammond Gibson and Rosamond Warren Gibson, on Friday March 8, all women-identifying visitors receive free admission to regularly scheduled tours in celebration of International Women’s Day!

Save the date for our twenty-third annual benefit, this year at the St. Botolph Club, 199 Commonwealth Ave. It will be a...
02/28/2019
2019 Benefit

Save the date for our twenty-third annual benefit, this year at the St. Botolph Club, 199 Commonwealth Ave. It will be a great evening. See here for details.
http://www.thegibsonhouse.org/2019-benefit.html

Friends of the Gibson House Museum invite you to the Twenty-Third Annual Benefit Wednesday, March 27, 2019 six o'clock St. Botolph Club 199 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston Wine and hors d'oeuvres will...

Have you ever seen the 1984 Merchant Ivory film of Henry James' 'The Bostonians'? Did you know that several scenes were ...
02/22/2019
The Bostonians

Have you ever seen the 1984 Merchant Ivory film of Henry James' 'The Bostonians'? Did you know that several scenes were shot in the Gibson House, with Vanessa Redgrave sitting in Rosamond's 'bamboo' bed (something we would *never* allow now!)? You can see this movie classic at the Brattle Theatre, Harvard Square, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, at 4.30 and 7 p.m.

Join us Tuesday, February 26 for a talk on Antique Clocks by Bob Frishman. Pre-registration required: www.thegibsonhouse...
02/10/2019

Join us Tuesday, February 26 for a talk on Antique Clocks by Bob Frishman. Pre-registration required: www.thegibsonhouse.org.
6:00 reception, 6:30 lecture
Antique clock expert Bob Frishman returns to the Gibson House for another entertaining, nontechnical, and lushly illustrated talk! Bob will discuss the history of timekeeping in New England, from the time of the Mayflower to the 1883 adoption of standard time. After his lecture, Bob will offer informal appraisals of the audience's mechanical clocks and watches.

Go Pats!
02/03/2019

Go Pats!

Good luck to the New England Patriots from the MFA! 🏈

This appeared in the January 3 edition of Antique Homes Magazine.
01/14/2019
The Gibson House Museum Tours - Reading Room | Antique Homes

This appeared in the January 3 edition of Antique Homes Magazine.

Year round guided tours – Wednesday through Sunday Gibson House Museum 137 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02116 A time capsule of late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries domestic life, Gibson House Museum reflects four...

01/09/2019
Repeal Day at the Gibson House 2018

The Repeal Day Celebration was nicely documented this year. Don't miss the event next year!

https://vimeo.com/309763708

Thanks to Leila Duncan for creating this short video for the Gibson House Museum.

2018 Repeal Day Celebration Fundraiser for the Gibson House Museum hosted by Etiquetteer, Robert B. Dimmock, with special guest, Kirsten Amann. http://www.thegibsonhouse.org https://www.drinkinglikeladies.com https://lupecboston.com http://www.etiquetteer.com

Photo courtesy of John Woolf.
01/02/2019

Photo courtesy of John Woolf.

The Gibson House Museum
01/02/2019

The Gibson House Museum

Happy New Year to everyone, from the Gibson House. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.
12/31/2018

Happy New Year to everyone, from the Gibson House. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Nichols House Museum
12/21/2018

Nichols House Museum

This Christmas Eve, the singing of Christmas carols to the pealing of English handbells will echo throughout Beacon Hill for the 94th year. The Beacon Hill Bell Ringers will delight those gathering with traditional Christmas favorites performed on the original handbells. The Ringers will hand out song books and to accompany the singing of "Jingle Bells," sleigh bells will be given to children.

The tradition began in 1924 with Margaret Nichols Shurcliff, who was raised at 55 Mount Vernon Street, which is currently home to the Nichols House Museum. On Christmas Eve of that year, Margaret and her children, including her youngest daughter, nine-year-old Alice, rang Christmas carols in front of their home, then, joined by a joyful gathering of neighbors, strolled the streets of Beacon Hill ringing carols. This celebration grew in such popularity that Margaret's family has continued for many years, passing bell ringing down to new generations. Some of her grandchildren still observe the Christmas Eve ringing on Louisburg Square, the perennial home of this tradition on Beacon Hill.

All are welcome to attend this free event- dress warmly and bring a small light to read the carols!

If you would like more information about the program, please contact Pamela Madigan of the Beacon Hill Bell Ringers at 617-680-3393

12/21/2018

We regret that we will be closed on the following dates next week: Dec. 26 and Dec. 28-30. We wish everyone a happy holiday season and be sure to visit in 2019!

The museum's president, Sam Duncan, looked very dapper today at our Holiday Open House.
12/17/2018

The museum's president, Sam Duncan, looked very dapper today at our Holiday Open House.

The Gibson House Museum's cover photo
12/12/2018

The Gibson House Museum's cover photo

The Gibson House Museum
12/11/2018

The Gibson House Museum

We are very pleased to have been included in this list. Don't forget to come to our Holiday Open House this Sunday Dec. ...
12/11/2018
5 Historic Homes Take “Deck the Halls” Very Seriously - Exhale

We are very pleased to have been included in this list. Don't forget to come to our Holiday Open House this Sunday Dec. 16, 1-4 p.m. to see our decorations for yourself.

If you think the holidays are a big celebration nowadays, you should’ve lived in December during 19th-century Boston. Fortunately, we can see a little of that old-world opulence at the many historic homes around Massachusetts that decorate for the winter season and give special tours focused on th...

12/08/2018

Thank you Robert Dimmick, Etiquetteer, for organizing and hosting another splendid Repeal Day Celebration at the Museum.

Annual Holiday Open House, Sunday December 16, 1-4 p.m. Enjoy beautiful period appropriate decorations and seasonal refr...
12/05/2018

Annual Holiday Open House, Sunday December 16, 1-4 p.m. Enjoy beautiful period appropriate decorations and seasonal refreshments. Free but donations gratefully received.

We are thrilled to be part of Boston Ballet's charming promotional video for this year's Nutcracker. Thanks for the cred...
11/20/2018
Spotlight: Clara's Enchanted Journey

We are thrilled to be part of Boston Ballet's charming promotional video for this year's Nutcracker. Thanks for the credit at the end!

The clock strikes midnight, a tree magically grows, and a young girl is transformed by her enchanted adventure to the Kingdom of the Nutcracker Prince. Join Clara on a remarkable journey that will leave you wondering, was it all a dream? Video by Ernesto Galan

Sailor suits were a popular choice of clothing for boys in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Stop by the Gibson Ho...
11/14/2018

Sailor suits were a popular choice of clothing for boys in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Stop by the Gibson House and check out these matching suits, worn by cousins Henry Allen and Warren Winslow.

11/09/2018

We regret that we must be closed for tours Friday, Nov. 16, until Sunday, Nov. 18, because the museum's library is being used as a location for filming. Exciting!

Thank you Stonehill College English for this lovely photograph.
11/06/2018

Thank you Stonehill College English for this lovely photograph.

Annual Boston House Museum Alliance Tour:Picture of Health: Medical Histories at Boston's Historic HousesSaturday, Octob...
10/11/2018
Picture of Health: Untold Medical Histories in Boston's House Museums

Annual Boston House Museum Alliance Tour:
Picture of Health: Medical Histories at Boston's Historic Houses
Saturday, October 20, 2018
3:00 p.m.
The Boston House Museum Alliance presents its fall 2018 special tour series. This year, the Gibson House, Nichols House, Prescott House, and Paul Revere House draw on their rich collections and stories to explore the theme of health and wellness over four centuries. The Gibson House Museum tour will paint a picture of Victorian-era family health and hygiene, taking into account the ways the house's layout and technologies promoted personal well-being. It will also explore the family’s connection to generations of prominent Boston doctors, including Dr. Joseph Warren of Revolutionary War fame; founder of Harvard Medical School Dr. John Warren; and Dr. John Collins Warren, who performed the first surgery using ether anesthesia.
Pre-registration is necessary at
www.eventbrite.com/e/picture-of-health-untold-medical-histories-in-bostons-house-museums-tickets-50006231986?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

Join the House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston this October 20th to learn about the medical histories of Boston’s house museums. The Paul Revere House, the Nichols House Museum, the William Hickling Prescott House, and the Gibson House Museum will draw from their knowledge, archives, and collec...

An interesting program from the Nichols House Museum on Oct. 26.
10/11/2018
Dearly Departed: Death and Mourning in 19th-Century Boston

An interesting program from the Nichols House Museum on Oct. 26.

Nichols after Dark makes a ghostly return this Halloween season. Join us after-hours on October 25th and 26th for the unique opportunity to experience the 1804 townhouse in mourning. Guests will tour the museum’s mourning-clad period rooms and learn how death was very much a part of life in the ni...

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137 Beacon St
Boston, MA
02116

The nearest subway stop is Arlington Street on the Green Line.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11:00 - 21:00
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(617) 267-6338

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