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Address: 137 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02116-1504
Phone Number: +1 617-267-6338
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Located on historic Beacon Street, this museum is housed in a 1859 Boston...

Located on historic Beacon Street, this museum is housed in a 1859 Boston brownstone with Victorian furnishings.

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Excellent insight into a Back Bay Victorian home.

We were guided by Kelsey, who was in her first day of guiding. She did an excellent job. Clearly, she was well-prepared and was able to answer intelligently our questions. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We were guided by Kelsey, who was in her first day of guiding. She did an excellent job. Clearly, she was well-prepared and was able to answer intelligently our questions. The house was as it was when the family left it many years ago, which accounts for the dated furnishings and fittings - but that is the whole point. Excellent... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Doesn't look like much on the outside but is beautiful and original on the inside! Its pretty neat to see how much detail they put into these houses, wish they would still put effort into our homes being built now. This home has beautiful artwork and a lot of original furnishings. If you appreciate old homes, I highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Visited today and enjoyed the guided tour. This is an amazing time capsule of a house. Excellent and knowledgeable guide mixed with small and intimate group of visitors made for a very special experience. A must, should you really want to see what life was like for the well healed in a Victorian Boston!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

We toured the house on a very humid Boston day. If was like walking back in time into a home that the owners had stepped out of and would soon return. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a sense of humor. Hour tour and well worth it.

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Montrose, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

The Gibson House Museum brings you back into another time in many ways. I particularly loved the old embossed and gilded wallpaper in the beautiful entrance area. It looked like embossed leather. The bedroom furniture is very original. Interesting also to see the kitchen and the laundry room.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Step back in time as you enter this house. Everything looks like the owner just stepped out. Simply amazing tour. See what it was like to live in 1860. Full of antiques, a must see.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

This is closer to Boston Commons so it is easier to get too, however it seemed unkempt. The guide was nice and knowledgeable but you just got the feeling that it was the home of a spoiled snooty socialite that didn't want to work so he turned his home into a museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

I made it a point to put this one on my "must see" list. This home is a beauty that was built by a woman after her husband died, which rarely happened during this time period. Many of the items are original to the home and fascinating to see. Our tour guide was a young man who seemed knowledgeable for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015 via mobile

I love visiting old houses and seeing the hidden treasures inside, so was very happy to have the opportunity to visit the Gibson House Museum. There were only 2 of us on the tour, so it was like a personal tour! You can only see 2 floors of the home and the basement, as the upper floors are used as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

A really interesting hour spent with a great guide looking all around a house still furnished with genuine furniture and items from mid 19c. The kitchen alone is a treasure trove, with cookware and utensils. Excellent

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