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 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
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. Internships taken for course credit are encouraged. We are now accepting fall internship applications. We are offering two positions: a Development & Events intern, and a Research intern.
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 August 8, 2016 to: Elise Couture-Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guide and Visitor Services Representative
The Nichols House Museum, in the heart of Beacon Hill, seeks an energetic, reliable, and customer service oriented Guide & Visitor Services Representative. As one of the public faces of the Nichols House Museum, the Guide & Visitor Services Representative must provide a hospitality-style form of customer service by being friendly, engaging, and above all, ensuring a memorable experience for our visitors. This position is ideal for those who love to share their passion for storytelling, ideas and/or history with the public.
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 email@example.com 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.