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.

E-Newsletters

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Annual Reports

Nichols House Museum Annual Report
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2013-2014 Annual Report
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2012-2013 Annual Report
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Staff

  • Flavia Cigliano, Executive Director
  • Ashley Jahrling, Assistant to the Director
  • Maureen Regan, Development Specialist
  • William H. Pear II, Historian
  • Julia Gleason, Visitor Services
  • Lauren Reddy, Marketing/Public Outreach Coordinator
  • Emma Welty, Textile Conservation Technician/Interpreter
  • Maggie Dimock, Linsdell Intern, Summer 2014
  • Clarissa Garfield, Collections and Curatorial Intern, Summer 2014
  • Ashley Gray, Archival Intern, Summer 2014
  • Angela Sun, Collections and Curatorial Intern, Summer 2014

Internship Opportunities

The Nichols House Museum offers unpaid spring, summer, and fall internship positions to undergraduate and graduate students studying American history, library science, education, museum studies, and related fields. Internships offer valuable, wide-ranging museum experience to students looking to explore the museum field. Interns will assist museum staff with: public tours, collections management, archival research, special events, and additional projects that can be tailored to the intern's specific interests. Internships can be taken for course credit. For spring internships, please apply by December 1; summer internships, by April 1; and for fall internships by August 15.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:

Flavia Cigliano
Executive Director
Nichols House Museum
55 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02108
info@nicholshousemuseum.org

The Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders Research Internship
The Nichols House Museum, located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, is pleased to offer the Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders Research Internship. The position is open to a current graduate student, recent graduate, or PhD candidate interested in pursuing a career in history, art history, museums, or related fields. The Linsdell Intern will complete a research project of their choice based on one of the following general themes relating to the Nichols House Museum: domestic life on Beacon Hill in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; decorative arts in Boston; Progressive Era social reform, activism, and the role of the New Woman; art and the artistic network, specifically the Cornish Art Colony; or Boston history during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The intern will work with staff of the Nichols House Museum and at area archives to undertake and complete the research project. At the conclusion of the internship, a final research paper must be completed for use by museum staff, and a presentation of research findings to the Nichols House Museum Board of Governors, staff, and invited guests is required. This 175 hour, 6-8 week position comes with a stipend of $2,500, and begins and ends during the summer of 2014 at mutually agreed upon dates. Complete applications are due by April 4, 2014 to Flavia Cigliano at info@nicholshousemuseum.org and must include a résumé, two references, and a letter outlining your interest in the internship as well as your proposed research topic.