A snapshot of a memory may pale in comparison to the actual event, but, in the Nichols House Museum, curators have done everything possible to freeze time and preserve the 19th century townhouse. Today, the house provides a window to everyday when the house belonged to Rose Standish Nichols. Nichols was a landscape gardener, a suffragist, and, maybe most importantly, a typical "proper Bostonian" of Beacon Hill.
The authenticity of the house lies not only in its historic exterior, but also in all the original furnishings from the Nichols family. The antiques found in this grand four-story museum include 18th century Italian paintings, French table settings, and rare porcelains from the family's frequent trips to Europe. Step into a time when the metro system was just being implemented in Boston, Albert Einstein was beginning his revolution of science, and the internal combustion engine was experiencing widespread distribution.
The Nichols House offers tours daily and hours that vary during the winter season. Special events include Etiquette Lessons for children 9-11 years old, the Spring Fete festival and fundraiser, and an Annual Eggnog Party. Consult the website for a detailed listing of events.
- April 1st through October 31st: Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 4pm
- November 1st through March 31st: Open Thursday through Saturday, 11am to 4pm
- Tours occur on the half hour, with the last tour being at 4pm
- Adults: $7
- Children 12 and under: Free
- Subway Stop:
- Take Green or Red line to Park Street Station, follow Park St. (towards the State House) to Beacon St., follow Beacon St. until you reach Walnut St. on your right and walk to museum.
- Location: 55 Mt. Vernon Street, Boston, MA
- Phone: 617-227-6993
- Website: www.nicholshousemuseum.org