The Nichols House Museum Collection

The Nichols House Museum's collection, providing a window into the everyday life of Bostonians at the turn of the last century, is important to the immediate community as well as visitors from around the world. All furnishings are original to the Nichols family or specifically to Rose Standish Nichols. Every effort has been made to maintain the house just as its owners lived in it in the early 1900s, a bustling period in Boston history, when Beacon Hill was home to many artists, writers, musicians, and social activists.

Five exhibit rooms on view during public tours contain furnishings typical of the households of "Proper Bostonians" of Beacon Hill at the beginning of the 20th century. Beautiful antiques, acquired on the Nichols family's frequent trips to Europe, fill the rooms. Sheridan style tables, Flemish tapestries, Italian paintings of the 1700s, and table settings from Luneville, France all attest to the eclectic, yet considered and refined, aesthetic of the family. The China Trade's preeminence in Boston economic history is represented by rare porcelains, eglomisé portraits typical of the Export Trade, and fine lacquer boxes.

Exceptional Boston furniture from the early decades of the 1800s is represented with original wooden furnishings by Thomas Seymour, John Ritto Penniman, Isaac Vose, and Elnathen Taber.

To see an online catalog of Rose Standish Nichols' book collection, see her Legacy Library.