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Historic house museum, open seasonally from April-November. One of 37 properties owned and operated by Historic New England. Otis House is the last surviving mansion in Bowdoin Square in Boston’s West End neighborhood. Charles Bulfinch designed the...more
I loved this tour because it transported our group back in time and gave us an idea of what life was like in Boston when the Otis family lived at this home. Our group was small, which allowed us to ask our guide (Prentice) many...More
The museum provided free admission on Independence Day and it is worth a stop! The home was built in the 1700’s and has been beautifully restored. The tour includes stops in several rooms that served as a parlor, bedroom, and office. The tour guide also...More
We bought a Go Boston card and this was included. The lady who did our tour (she was also the head tour guide) did amazing. She answered all the questions and did a great job telling us about the house and the history around it...More
We enjoyed our tour of the Otis House. It started with a short 20 minute presentation about the history of the house and the area. It was great to be able to get close enough to examine the wall coverings and the furniture of the...More
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OtisHouse, General Manager at Otis House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018
Hi WisconsinGail- I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your tour! Rebecca, Site Manager.
Usually when a group takes over the huge task of removing all the modern touches and takes a home back to the 18th century, it is not completed authentically. Costs too much. But this lovely home has so many pretty touches, especially the linens, authentic...More
We had a fantastic comprehensive tour led by Anne. She was extremely knowledgeable and answered all our questions in incredible detail. The house is very well maintained, and it was interesting to see how the peak of society lived at the start of the 1800's....More
Boston residents can tour for free, and there are also free days (check on its website).
There is an intro film about how the house was moved back to save it from demolition
when road was widened.12/29/2016 Guide was knowledgeable BUT at the end of...More
A bit out of the way near Beacon Hills/West End. Went on a rainy afternoon and got soaked. You only see a very limited portion of the house. There was an introductory film that was informative, but the actual tour only took about 15-20 minutes....More
I came upon this gem by accident and was pleasantly surprised. The Otis House Museum offers a view into the real life and times of 1796 upper income Bostonians. The history of the house, its various owners and uses is fascinating.
Great that this piece...More