Gibson House Museum, Boston

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The Gibson House Museum is an historic house museum located at 137 Beacon Street in the Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts. It preserves the 1860 Victorian rowhouse occupied by three generations of the Gibson family. The house was one of the first to be built in Back Bay, and has an unparalleled state of preservation that includes wallpaper, textiles, furnishings, and family artifacts and collections. Both the public and service areas of the house exhibit a high degree of preservation, and are viewable on tours. The property was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001.HistoryThe widowed Catherine Hammond Gibson purchased the newly filled in land for $3,696 in 1859 in order to move away from Beacon Hill. Edward Clarke Cabot designed the building which was finished by 1860 in the Italian Renaissance style with an exterior of brownstone and red brick. She passed it on to her son Charles Hammond Gibson.Charles married Rosamond Warren in 1871 and brought her to live at number 137. Rosamond was from a very distinguished Boston family and after Catherine's death in 1888 redecorated the house with Japanese wallpapers.After Charles Hammond Gibson, Jr., Catherine Hammond Gibson's grandson died in 1954, the house became a museum in 1957, and in 2001 was declared a National Historic Landmark. The Gibson House's landmark status is due to its claim that it is the only Victorian era row house in Boston's Back Bay to maintain the integral relationship between the exterior architectural shell and the original interior plan, with its accompanying decorative schemes. Its interior is a composite of family furnishings and pieces added to make it more complete.
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  • July 12, 2017
    Managed to find a great parking spot, just across the building, all happy, I went to the door, and it was simply locked!C Checked the day, checked the time- all was good. After ringing over and over, ...  more »
  • June 1, 2017
    The tour was $9 per person and lasted about 40 minutes. You see several floors of the house - only the upper floors where the service staff slept is not part of the museum. Unlike other great houses f...  more »
  • May 17, 2017
    Gibson House was in the same family for a very long time, and its furnishing and decor are authentic and not reproductions. It's a real slice of Back Bay history. Tours are on the hour, and front door...  more »
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  • February 24, 2017
    A historical place that exhibits the original housing style on Beacon Hill. Very detailed and well organized tour.
  • August 5, 2016
    Fantastic tour of this absolute gem...unchanged since the Gibson's turned it into a museum...is like they have just stepped out the house. Informative guide and a rare opportunity to see what home life was like in Boston for the well to do families of Back Bay. Well worth a visit and the $9 entrance fee for adults.
  • September 9, 2016
    They put together a really good tour here, the guides are very knowledgable and if they don't know something they take your email address, do reserach, then email you with notes.
  • November 29, 2015
    Fascinating time-capsule museum, a perfectly preserved window into life in Boston's Back Bay at the turn of the last century. Guided tours take about an hour and cost $9 which goes towards upkeep of this stately old mansion, but because of the way everything has been left undisturbed over the years, it literally feels like the inhabitants have just stepped out for a bit and could return at any moment.
  • July 5, 2016
    Very good

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