The Gibson House Museum

The Gibson House Museum The Gibson House is a historic house museum located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. Now a National Historic Landmark, the home served as residence to three generations of Gibson family members and their household staff between 1859 and 1954.

Visitors experience the house through a 45-minute guided tour that interprets class and culture through the stories and objects of the people who lived and worked there. 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. Website: thegibsonhouse.org Email: [email protected] Ph: 617-267-6338

A fascinating history piece about how American bathroom design responded to infectious disease.https://www.citylab.com/d...
04/27/2020
How Infectious Disease Defined the American Bathroom

A fascinating history piece about how American bathroom design responded to infectious disease.
https://www.citylab.com/design/2020/04/bathroom-home-design-history-disease-hygiene-coronavirus/609745/?utm_source=All+Correspondence&utm_campaign=96fab3e15f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_07_16_07_40_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9dd4d58e37-96fab3e15f-95341517

Cholera and tuberculosis outbreaks transformed the design and technology of the home bathroom. Will Covid-19 inspire a new wave of hygiene innovation?

Enjoy our latest blog post, a debut article by Board Member Prof. Todd Gernes, the first of a 3 part series on the life ...
04/24/2020
Part 1: The Wounded Eros

Enjoy our latest blog post, a debut article by Board Member Prof. Todd Gernes, the first of a 3 part series on the life and writings of Charles Hammond Gibson.
http://thegibsonhousemuseum.blogspot.com/2020/04/part-1-wounded-eros.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheGibsonHouseMuseum+%28The+Gibson+House+Museum%29

This post is the first of a three-part series on the life and writings of Charles Hammond Gibson, Jr., founder of the Gibson House Museum. ...

The Gibson House Museum
04/24/2020

The Gibson House Museum

Photo courtesy of John Woolf.
04/24/2020

Photo courtesy of John Woolf.

04/02/2020

Today, April 2, was the scheduled date for our 2020 Benefit. With great regret we are canceling it for this year. However, our raffle is open with the drawing to be broadcast "live" on May 14 on Facebook and Instagram. Go to our website www.the gibsonhouse.org for the list of fabulous prizes and to buy tickets. And of course, watch for details about our 2021 Benefit. We look forward to welcoming you back to the museum when it is safe to reopen. Take care, everyone.

03/12/2020

We regret that we will be closed to all visitors until further notice because of the COVID-19 virus. Stay healthy, everyone!

On the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, our latest blog post by Curator Meghan Gelardi Holmes is very timely.
03/05/2020
On the Occasion of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre

On the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, our latest blog post by Curator Meghan Gelardi Holmes is very timely.

On March 5, 1770, a riot broke out on King Street (now State Street) in front of the Custom House in Boston. Soldiers fired into the crowd...

02/21/2020

Don't forget: Re-Imagining Historic House Museums, a book talk by curator/scholar Ken Turino, this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 pm.

Welcome Boston Explorers!
02/20/2020

Welcome Boston Explorers!

On our way to explore The Gibson House Museum! (Little Women was filmed there!)

02/15/2020

Due to popular demand we have added three more Little Women evenings: Wednesdays March 11, 18 and 25, 5.30. Check our events tab to sign up. Act fast!!

02/10/2020

Congratulations to Jacqueline Durran for Best Costume Design for Little Women.

Fingers crossed for Florence Pugh and Saoirse Ronan and Best Picture tonight at the Oscars.
02/10/2020

Fingers crossed for Florence Pugh and Saoirse Ronan and Best Picture tonight at the Oscars.

An exhibition about Alcott's painter sister May, the model for Amy March.
01/23/2020
Fruitlands exhibits work of artist May Alcott Nieriker

An exhibition about Alcott's painter sister May, the model for Amy March.

n her movie “Little Women,” director Greta Gerwig brings Amy March, the youngest of the four girls, more into the foreground than she was in any previous production—or in the book itself. By following the opening scene of Jo March in New York City, negotiating for a story to be accepted for pu...

Filming Saoirse Ronan in the front hall.
01/18/2020

Filming Saoirse Ronan in the front hall.

Courtesy of Sony Pictures
01/18/2020

Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Jo (Saoirse Ronan) approaches the New York boarding house.
01/18/2020

Jo (Saoirse Ronan) approaches the New York boarding house.

Jo's New York bedroom: one of the 5th floor servants' rooms.
01/17/2020

Jo's New York bedroom: one of the 5th floor servants' rooms.

Our wonderful Museum Administrator Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, will be giving a talk about her new book, "Penelope Wins...
01/16/2020

Our wonderful Museum Administrator Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, will be giving a talk about her new book, "Penelope Winslow, Plymouth Colony's First Lady," at the Boston Athenaeum on January 28, 12-1 pm ($10, free for Athenaeum members, preregistration required www.bostonathenaeum.org). Check out her website onecolonialwomansworld.com for other appearances.

In 2010 Hannah Barrett painted a series inspired by the Gibson family and collections, 'Tales from the House of Gibson,'...
01/10/2020
Exhibition: Hannah Barrett: Transitions | Childs Gallery

In 2010 Hannah Barrett painted a series inspired by the Gibson family and collections, 'Tales from the House of Gibson,' that were exhibited at the museum for many months. Childs Gallery, 169 Newbury St, has just opened a show of Hannah's work that includes paintings and collages from this series. The Gibsons would probably not have approved but that doesn't stop us from enjoying them!

Exhibition: Hannah Barrett: Transitions | Childs Gallery | Hannah Barrett: Transitions is a retrospective mélange of works from the artist’s various series – from Secret Society to Monsters – that traces Barrett’s development as she progresses from collage to imag...

12/31/2019

We end 2019 on a 'Little Women' high (great reviews, box office stats) but we look forward to 2020. Watch out for our enhanced Pride and servants tours rolling out this year, as well as many other great programs. Thanks to our wonderful staff Michelle, Meghan and Barbara and all our guides, our board, and Etiquetteer. Happy New Year to all.

The Massachusetts Film Office has published a brochure with a map of all the local locations for the filming of 'Little ...
12/29/2019

The Massachusetts Film Office has published a brochure with a map of all the local locations for the filming of 'Little
Women.' It can be downloaded here: http://www.mafilm.org/little-women/

And more Little Women: an interesting piece of Greta Gerwig and the making of the film.
12/19/2019
Hollywood comes to Harvard: An interview with ‘Little Women’ director Greta Gerwig

And more Little Women: an interesting piece of Greta Gerwig and the making of the film.

Writer-director Greta Gerwig may have a slim resume as an auteur, but it’s an impressive one. With “Lady Bird,” the acclaimed indie actress stepped behind the camera and made an assured and polished directorial debut with a coming-of-age story that went on to score two Oscar nominations—for ...

The Little Women excitement continues! Read about all the local places that were locations for the film, including the G...
12/17/2019
Visit The Places Where ‘Little Women’ Was Filmed

The Little Women excitement continues! Read about all the local places that were locations for the film, including the Gibson House.

Few books have captured the imagination of generations of readers like Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel, Little Women.

Thank you Carlos Soto-Chaves for creating this beautiful seasonal urn display at our front door. These are the most beau...
12/06/2019

Thank you Carlos Soto-Chaves for creating this beautiful seasonal urn display at our front door. These are the most beautiful ever!

There are lots of Little Women related events coming up.
12/03/2019

There are lots of Little Women related events coming up.

Boston By Foot, the Boston Public Library & Sony Pictures are sponsoring a LITTLE WOMEN scavenger hunt! You can discover the many locations in Boston where the new LITTLE WOMEN theatrical release was shot. Join the hunt, post your photos to social media, and take our Louisa May Alcott's Boston walking tour on 12/15. LITTLE WOMEN opens nationwide on Christmas Day! Visit our website for all the details: https://bostonbyfoot.org/bbf-bpl-sony-pictures-sponsoring-little-women-scavenger-hunt

This Wednesday, Nov. 20, come hear the lively and fascinating presentation about the iconic Parker House (which hosted M...
11/18/2019

This Wednesday, Nov. 20, come hear the lively and fascinating presentation about the iconic Parker House (which hosted Mark Twain, Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, and Ho Chi Minh) by the hotel's official historian Susan Wilson.

The lecture with reception is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. It will be followed by a sale and signing of Susan’s newest book, Heaven, By Hotel Standards: The History of the Omni Parker House (2019 edition). Books are $25 each, payable by cash or check.

Thank you Robert for once again spearheading your wonderful Repeal Day celebration at the Gibson House Museum on Dec. 8,...
11/01/2019

Thank you Robert for once again spearheading your wonderful Repeal Day celebration at the Gibson House Museum on Dec. 8, and thank you Ryan & Wood for your generosity.

Today Etiquetteer had the great pleasure of visiting Ryan & Wood, Inc., Distilleries, now in its eighth year sponsoring Etiquetteer's Repeal Day Celebration, to pick up their bright and flexible Knockabout Gin. Repeal Day will be celebrated again at The Gibson House Museum on Friday, December 6. Purchase your tickets at the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/repeal-day-celebration-at-the-gibson-house-museum-tickets-78651483705

Gibson House Hallowe'en. The dining room table was spread with bloody fingers, eyeballs and organs! Miss Jackie presided...
11/01/2019

Gibson House Hallowe'en. The dining room table was spread with bloody fingers, eyeballs and organs! Miss Jackie presided dramatically. Thank you Maureen O'Hara for these photos.

Exciting news: the Gibson House Museum will be showcased in the upcoming "Little Women" movie, opening on Christmas Day!...
10/08/2019

Exciting news: the Gibson House Museum will be showcased in the upcoming "Little Women" movie, opening on Christmas Day! Based on Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel, the film was directed by Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird") and features a star-studded cast including Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothee Chalamet, James Norton, and Chris Cooper.

Director Greta Gerwig was impressed by the Gibson House's authenticity and filmed several internal and external scenes at the museum last fall. The museum was pleased to be featured in such a high-quality project, and the cast and crew took special care to respect the museum's historic interiors.

We look forward to sharing more information and photos with you in the coming months.

Visitors waiting patiently to tour the Gibson House last Saturday for Smithsonian Museums Day.
09/23/2019

Visitors waiting patiently to tour the Gibson House last Saturday for Smithsonian Museums Day.

Tuesday Sept. 17: Etiquetteer Robert B. Dimmick's fabulous program, 'Etiquette of the Brahmin Summer.' Don't miss it! Pr...
09/11/2019

Tuesday Sept. 17: Etiquetteer Robert B. Dimmick's fabulous program, 'Etiquette of the Brahmin Summer.' Don't miss it! Pre-Registration required at www.thegibsonhouse.org/events.

The Gibson House Museum is one of the museums offering this opportunity on Sept. 21.
08/30/2019
Art New England Magazine

The Gibson House Museum is one of the museums offering this opportunity on Sept. 21.

More than 100 New England museums and cultural institutions will offer free admission on a single day in September during Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day!

Check out the article below to learn more about Museum Day, and a full list of New England museums and cultural institutions involved.

The museum's latest blog post: pretensions of English aristocracy by  the Gibson family.
08/15/2019
Faking the Family Tree

The museum's latest blog post: pretensions of English aristocracy by the Gibson family.

Dining room at the Gibson House. A family crest hangs over the dining room fireplace at the Gibson House. The vivid red and gold shiel...

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137 Beacon St
Boston, MA
02116

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

Opening Hours

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

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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


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BOSTON FUN FACT FRIDAY GIBSON HOUSE - BOSTON Boston architect Edward Clarke Cabot designed the Italian Renaissance style Gibson House. Located at 137 Beacon Street, in 2001 the residence was awarded a National Historic Landmark distinction. A tribute to the fact that the Victorian era row house’s exterior architecture and interior layout have remained true to their original blueprint. Stately in appearance, the red brick and brownstone exterior is topped with a sloped slate roof. Inside the home visitors receive a glimpse of Boston’s once golden age. Interior highlights include: a walnut wood crafted staircase, mahogany furniture, Japanese wallpaper, imported carpets, paintings and sculptures. Decorative room schemes are personalized with selected family furnishings. In 1859, newly widowed Catherine Hammond Gibson purchased a Back Bay lot for her son, Charles Sr. Her desire was to relocate her family to a quieter part of the city, a further distance from the hustle and bustle of Beacon Hill. The Gibson House was completed in 1860, and marked the second lot built on within (former swampland) the newly developed Bay neighborhood. Regarded as one of the city’s most affluent families, the Gibson’s paid $3,000 to have their new home built. Three generations of the family resided at the estate from 1860 to 1954. The Gibson House & Museum celebrates the family’s legacy and fondness for Boston. Charles Gibson, Jr. long believed his family’s stories and possessions needed to be preserved and shared with all. He wanted the Boston opulence which filled his family’s estate to continue to be a part of the community. Through the efforts of Charles, Jr., the Gibson House is forever safeguarded as a place for the public to enjoy, and a piece of Boston history. Bob Cushing