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“Impressive tour.....and serendipitous!”

Nichols House Museum
Ranked #134 of 394 things to do in Boston
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Owner description: The Nichols House Museum's mission is: To preserve and interpret the 1804 townhouse that was from 1885 until 1960 the home of Rose Standish Nichols, landscape gardener, suffragist and pacifist. The house was built by Jonathan Mason and is attributed to Charles Bulfinch. The museum educates visitors by providing a unique glimpse into the domestic life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on Boston's historic Beacon Hill.
Westport, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Impressive tour.....and serendipitous!”
Reviewed 13 September 2013

The history found in the historic houses and museums in New England remains more attractive to us than cruises or trips abroad. We do day trips. We relish the stories in house museums and have been to most in New England.

On one of the hottest days this summer, after participating in the MFA's fine new architectural walking tour, we boarded the inbound Green Line just outsidet the MFA to the Park Street Station and walked the few richly historic blocks to the Nichols House Museum. What a treat.

The museum was air-conditioned. Although we were not winded or over-heated we were offered seats in the office by the Director while waiting for the next docent. The welcome was warm. The wait was short and worth it.

Maureen, our docent was well-informed. Maureen delivered two hours worth of information during the hour-long tour. She did her job. She had prepare. The few questions that I asked were answered accurately, with confidence and with relevance to the house, its time period and to the culture of the times. The tour was enlightening and we got more than our money's worth.

Any visitor to Boston that wants to understand the people, culture and energy that was and still is Boston will find this tour illuminating, thanks, as always, to the training & knowledge of the management and docents. We highly recommend a tour of the Nichols House, a so easy walk from the State House, or Boston Common or Mass General. We are planning a second visit in the spring.

Visited September 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Like Downton Abbey? You'll love the Nichols House!”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

Like Downton Abbey? You'll love the Nichols House! Nestled in beautiful Beacon Hill, the Nichols House is a rare glimpse into turn-of-the-century life in Boston. I’ve been several times, as I live in Boston and take everyone who visits me, and they all love it. Small, guided tours make this a uniquely intimate experience- you’re not among the gaggling hoards in a large museum, or lost in the back of a tour unable to hear anything. Smart, interested, and lively docents walk you through the home and tell stories of Rose Standish Nichols - an amazing woman well ahead of her time (bring your daughters!). Walking through the home, surrounded by the treasurers the Nichols family collected on their trips to Europe, whisks me back to the early 1900’s and I can imagine myself as Lady Cora visiting during calling hours. Definitely a site not to be missed!

Visited August 2013
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Frederick, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Average House Museum”
Reviewed 29 April 2013

The tour of the Nichols House was just average. I would have liked to have head more about the original owners, architecture, and the history of the house and not just the Nichols family. For me, too much of the tour time was spent on the last Nichols to occupy the house.

Visited April 2013
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dallas, tx
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“If you like history and historic houses this a great one to tour in Beacon Hill”
Reviewed 5 September 2012

Very informative tour guide, beautiful period home on a lovely street in Beacon Hill. So many interesting pieces of furniture and everything was from the time the family lived in the home. It was a good way tour to go on with family members.

Visited September 2012
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Boulder, CO
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“save your time and money”
Reviewed 9 August 2012

Funny how people can have such different impressions of this place. Perhaps it's a matter of the docent who leads the tour. At any rate, our guide was strange and rambling enough to make the tour not all that fun. Lots of emphasis on the names of the styles of furniture and decor and where they were purchased. Disappointing.

Visited August 2012
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