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.
- Archive of the Massachusetts State House
- Archive of the Massachusetts Historical Society
The Schlesinger Library at
Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
For more information about unique objects in our collection, please visit our Object of the Month blog!
- Victoria Glazomitsky, Executive Director
- Ashley Jahrling Bannon, Head of Stewardship and Interpretation
- Julia Gleason, Visitor Services
- Emma Welty, Curatorial and Administrative Specialist
Job and Internship Opportunities
Applications for 2016 due by 1/22/16 (extended)
Looking for something new to do in 2016? The Nichols House Museum is starting a volunteer docent program! We are looking for anyone over the age of 18 who is eager to learn and share their knowledge with the public. Docents will be trained to give engaging half-hour guided tours of the historic house to visitors who hail from around the world. The program includes 2 months of training (February-March) and requires a one season commitment of volunteer guiding. A season lasts from April-October, with additional special event volunteer opportunities available. An evaluation will be held at the 6 month mark. College students who are interested in the program can commit to two consecutive semesters of guiding.
Training will last from 10:00 am-12:00 pm every Tuesday from February 2-March 15. Topics to be covered include: Progressive era history, Nichols Family history, identification of decorative art styles, and visitor engagement. Light additional reading will be required, as will the development of a personal tour script.
The museum’s busy season lasts from April-October, when the museum is open 5 days a week. Tour guides are asked to work a minimum of 8 hours per month, in shifts of 2 hours. Tours are offered at the museum every hour from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday. In addition to giving tours, docents will have the opportunity to participate in various continuing education activities throughout the season.
Interested? Please fill out the application here and submit to Ashley Jahrling Bannon, Head of Stewardship and Interpretation, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Ashley with any questions about the program via email or at 617-227-6993.
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 public, in addition to their major project (see below). Additional projects tailored to the student’s interest are also possible. Internships can be taken for course credit. The two intern positions available for Spring 2016 are:
1) Accreditation Intern: The intern chosen for this position will assist senior staff with the preparation necessary for Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. This is a great opportunity to learn the ins and outs of museum management and administration from the top down.
2) Women in Politics Intern: The intern chosen for this position will assist staff with the outreach and event planning necessary for 2016’s programming theme of Women in Politics. The intern will gain experience bridging the Nichols Family’s political activism with today’s political arena through exhibit research and outreach for public programming throughout the upcoming year.
To apply, please send a résumé and a cover letter describing your interest in the Nichols House and your desired project by December 4 to:
Ashley Jahrling Bannon
Head of Stewardship and Interpretation
Nichols House Museum
55 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02108
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. This position is open to candidates who have received a graduate degree (M.A. or PhD) in museum studies, American material culture, public history, history or a related field in the last two years. Masters candidates conducting thesis research and doctoral candidates conducting dissertation research are also welcome to apply. 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. Other topics related to the museum's educational mission will also be considered. 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 2015 at mutually agreed upon dates.
Complete applications are due by April 3, 2015, to Ashley Jahrling Bannon at email@example.com and must include a résumé, two references' contact information, and a letter outlining both your interest in the internship and your proposed research topic.