A Brief History of the Museum

The Nichols House Museum occupies an impressive four-story town house, one of the earliest Beacon Hill structures, constructed in 1804. In 1885, Dr. Arthur Nichols purchased the house for his wife and daughters. Their eldest daughter Rose Standish Nichols, noted landscape architect, writer and suffragist, inherited the house. Miss Nichols owned and cared for the house from 1935 until her death in 1960. Since 1961 the Nichols House Museum has been open to the public as an historic house museum reflecting the domestic life of a typical family of Beacon Hill at the turn of the last century. The house is furnished with priceless possessions accumulated over several generations. The collection includes fine European and American wooden furniture from the 17th-19th centuries, ancestral portraits, Flemish tapestries, oriental rugs, European and Asian art, and works by America's foremost sculptor of the 19th century, Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Open year-round, the Nichols House Museum welcomes a growing number of international and domestic guests. It provides an active schedule of lectures, programs, and special events for its membership and the community. The Nichols House welcomes a variety of educational groups for tours and programs. These have included after-school Girl Scout troops working on badges, students from nearby colleges and universities, design students, and adult learners who visit the museum under the aegis of the Road Scholar program.


Notes from The Nichols House
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Annual Reports

Nichols House Museum Annual Report
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2015-2016 Annual Report
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2014-2015 Annual Report
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  • Victoria McKay, Executive Director
  • Elise Couture-Stone, External Affairs Manager
  • Victoria Johnson, Visitor Experience & Research Associate
  • Emma Welty, Curatorial and Administrative Specialist

Job and Internship Opportunities

Spring 2017 Internship Descriptions

The Nichols House Museum offers unpaid internship positions to undergraduate and graduate students studying American history, library science, women’s studies, education, museum studies, political science, marketing, and other related fields. Internships offer valuable, wide-ranging museum experience to students looking to explore a career in the museum field. All interns develop a tour of the historic house and give tours to the public, in addition to their major internship area of focus (see below). Additional projects tailored to the student’s interest can also be discussed. We are now accepting spring internship applications. We are offering two positions: a Creative Marketing/Special Events intern, a Foundational Giving/Development intern, and a Collections intern (see internship descriptions below).

To apply, please send a resume, a cover letter describing your interest in the Nichols House Museum, and a writing sample for the position you are applying for by December 1, 2016 to: Elise Couture-Stone at ecouture-stone@nicholshousemuseum.org.

  1. 1. Creative Marketing & Special Events Internship:

    The Creative Marketing & Special Events intern will assist the External Affairs Manager with the planning and implementation of the Nichols House Museum’s flagship event, Spring Fete, in addition to our new catalog of educational and social events.

    As a part of this work, the candidate will also assist with administrative tasks, including the management of the Nichols House Museum’s social media platforms, organizing and creating press releases, in addition to sending out monthly newsletters, research Nichols House Museum in the News, and maintain digital photo files, and website updates.

    This is an opportunity for a graduate student interested in non-profit management and cultivation events. Students pursuing a graduate degree in marketing, public relations, public administration or public programming are encouraged to apply.

  2. 2. Foundational Giving & Development Internship:

    The Foundational Giving & Development intern will support the staff on projects including institutional giving, annual appeals, and membership initiatives. The internship will also focus on corporate, foundational, and government grant applications with the underlying goal of supporting a capital campaign for historic preservation. Responsibilities include prospect research, program data analysis, grant writing, data entry, and other projects as assigned.

    This is an opportunity for a student interested in non-profit administration to experience fundraising and development in a team environment at a small historical non-profit organization.

  3. 3. Collections Internship:

    The Nichols House Museum is seeking a collections intern for the Spring 2017 semester (Jan - May). The intern will assist the Head of Collections with an institutional inventory. This internship is an opportunity to work closely with a collection of fine and decorative arts while gaining experience with collection care practices and museum cataloging software.


The Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders Research Fellowship

The Nichols House Museum, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, is pleased to offer the Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders Research Fellowship. This position is open to current graduate students studying: museum studies, art history, American material culture, public history, history, or a related field, and also to emerging professionals who have recieved a graduate degree within the last two years. The Linsdell Fellow will complete a focused research project of their choice based on one of the following general themes relating to the Nichols House Museum: domestic life or events on Beacon Hill or Boston in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; Boston-area decorative arts; Progressive Era social reform and the role of the New Woman; medical history; or art and the artistic network, specifically the Cornish Art Colony. Other proposed topics related to the museum's educational mission are encouraged. The fellow will work with staff of the museum and at area archives to undertake and complete the research project in the time allotted. At the conclusion of the fellowship, a final research paper must be completed for use by the museum staff, and a public presentation of research findings is required. This 175 hour, 6-8 week position comes with a stipend of $2,500, and begins and ends during the summer of 2016 at mutully agreed upon dates. Complete applications are due by April 11, 2016, to Elise Couture-Stone at ecouture-stone@nicholshousemuseum.org and must include a resume, two references' contact information, and a cover letter outlining your interest in the fellowship and detailing your proposed research topic.

We are not currently accepting applications for our Volunteer Docent Program.