The Patrons' Program
Our challenge is the preservation of the historic house and the appropriate stewardship of the museum's fine collection of furnishings and artwork. Ongoing preservation efforts and proper collection management strongly encouraged by the American Alliance of Museums will increase the funding needs of our institution. We ask your participation in our Patrons' Program to assure the continued professional growth of the Nichols House Museum.
We look forward to another exciting year by presenting these special programs designed with your interests in mind. Your donation at the patron level provides essential operating funds for the Nichols House Museum.
Benefits of the Program
Becoming a patron will allow you access to these benefits:
- One year's sponsor-level membership
- Invitations to a special program of Patron lectures and receptions
- Recognition in the Annual Report
- Complimentary invitation to The Holiday Eggnog Party
Patrons' Giving Levels
Nike Level $500 - $999
Diana Level $1,000 - $2,000
Patrons' Program Application
"A Collecting Narrative: The Triumphs and Tribulations of a Collecting Life"
Lecture by Jonathan Fairbanks
Location: Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston (rescheduled)
The permanent collection of the Nichols House is a testament to the Nichols family's fine, wide-ranging taste. Jonathan Fairbanks, Executive Director of the Fuller Craft Museum, and former senior curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will regale us with personal and profession anecdotes from his years as an avid collector.
"Night at the Museum"
Evening lecture with design curator Meghan Melvin
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston
A trip inspired by the Nichols House's permanent collection, join Meghan Melvin, Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Curator of Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for an in-depth look at the MFA's marvelous wallpaper collection. This event will take place in the Morse Study Room.
Patrons' Cocktail Party
Enjoy and invitation-only cocktail party at an elegant Beacon Hill home. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow patrons in a festive atmosphere.
Jonathan Fairbanks, currently the Director of the Fuller Craft Museum, is an accomplished artist and expert in American decorative arts and antiques. Mr. Fairbanks created the American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and served as its curator for close to thirty years, beginning in 1970. Acknowledged as a leading expert in American decorative arts, Mr. Fairbanks has received several awards, including the Victorian Society of America Award for Conservation, The Charles F. Montgomery Award from the Decorative Arts Society, the Ellen Banning Ayer Award for Contributions to Arts and Culture, and the Lifetime Achievement Medal from the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston. In 2003 the Decorative Arts Trust announced the endowment of The Jonathan L. Fairbanks Lectureship in honor of Fairbanks' achievements. In 2006 Fairbanks received the Iris Foundation Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Decorative Arts by the Bard Graduate Center.
Meghan Melvin joined the Art of Europe department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2003. She has a Master of Philosophy in Decorative Arts from the University of Glasgow, and was previously a Specialist in 19th and 20th Century Decorative Arts at Christie's King Street auction house in London. In 2011, she was appointed the MFA's first Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Curator of Design in the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. She oversees the Museum's collection of design drawings and some prototypes and models related to the drawings—internationally and from all time periods. Meghan also teaches in the galleries, volunteering as a docent and a museum guide for visitors with visual impairment and cognitive disabilities. Meghan is a member of the Exhibition Committee of the Boston Society of Architects and also sits on the Program Committee for Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
The Nichols House Museum is a destination for the local community as well as travelers from around the world. The professionally preserved historic Bulfinch townhouse and the unique Nichols family collection create an ideal setting for interpreting the stories of the Nichols family and their remarkable lives. The museum strives to be an institution where locals and visitors alike come for learning, inspiration, and enjoyment. Our goal is to re-imagine what a historic house in the 21st century can be- your investment will help the Nichols House continue to be a Beacon Hill landmark and a model for house museums across the nation.
In 1885 Dr. Arthur Nichols, his wife Elizabeth, and their three daughters established their family residence at what is now the Nichols House Museum. Their oldest daughter, Rose Standish Nichols, noted landscape designer, auther and social activist, became the sole owner of the property after her parents' death. Miss Nichols owned and cared for the house from 1933 until her death in 1960. As specified in her will, the Nichols House has been open to the public as a museum since 1961. The house is a contributing resource to the Beacon Hill Historic District which was listed in 1966 as a National Historic Landmark.
Every effort has been made to maintain the house as it appeared in the early 1900s, a bustling period in Boston history, when Beacon Hill was home to many artists, writers, musicians, and social activists. Open year-round, the Nichols House Museum welcomes a growing number of international and domestic visitors. It provides an active schedule of educational lectures, programs, and special events for its membership and the community.