Gibson House Museum

137 Beacon Street, Boston , MA 02116 - United States




The Gibson House is the most authentic single-family brownstone in Boston’s Back Bay and occupies a unique place in its history. Home to three generations of one family plus the individuals they employed between 1860 and 1954, the museum welcomes visitors from around the globe.


Visitors will be able to explore three floors of the museum on their own. Staff will be on hand to offer insight and answer questions. This is a rare opportunity to visit the museum outside of a guided tour.

The History
In 2001, the National Park Service designated Gibson House as a National Historic Landmark. A unique and unspoiled single-family residence, it retains its kitchen, scullery, butler’s pantry, and water closets, as well as formal rooms and private quarters. Designed in the Italian Renaissance style by noted Boston architect Edward Clarke Cabot, the house is built of brownstone and red brick. The interiors are filled with the Gibsons' original furnishings -- elegant wallpapers, imported carpets, an abundance of furniture, paintings, sculpture, photographs, silver, porcelain, curios, and other nineteenth-century family heirlooms. Visitors enjoy a glimpse into the lives of a well-to-do Boston family and its domestic staff.


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