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The Nichols House Museum, located at 55 Mount Vernon Street in Boston, offers a unique glimpse into 19th and early 20th century life on Boston's historic Beacon Hill.

The impressive four-story town house was constructed in 1804 as one of four connected row houses in the early development of Beacon Hill. The original Federal design is attributed to Charles Bulfinch, the eminent architect who designed the Massachusetts State House as well as other Beacon Hill mansions.

From 1885 until 1960, 55 Mount Vernon Street was the home for Rose Standish Nichols (1872-1960), writer, landscape architect, and one of the founders of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (1915), as well as the Beacon Hill Reading Club (1896). Her three volumes on the gardens of Europe English Pleasure Gardens, Italian Pleasure Gardens and Spanish and Portuguese Gardens became standard gardening reference books during her lifetime.

Currently the Nichols House Museum is maintained and preserved as a significant example of early domestic architecture on Beacon Hill, reflecting both its Federal Period origins and the lifestyle of its turn-of-the-century occupants. It is furnished with Nichols' Family possessions accumulated over several generations, including ancestral portraits, Flemish tapestries, oriental rugs, European and Asian art, and works by America's foremost sculptor of the 19th century Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Nichols House Museum
55 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02108

The Nichols House Museum hours:

Feb. - April, Nov.-DEC Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

May - Oct. Thursday - Saturday 12:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Closed January

Admission fee: $5 for adults; children under 12 free.

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