The Gibson House Museum serves as the primary resource for understanding and interpreting a century of life in Boston's Back Bay. We accomplish this by:
• Preserving the 1859 row house and its collections.
• Exhibiting and interpreting the house in its urban context to provide education and enjoyment for the general public, students, and scholars.
• Relating the stories and lives of the Gibson family and their employees in a way that resonates in the 21st century.
• Promoting an appreciation of Back Bay social history, material culture, literature, and the arts.
News and Announcements
Staffing Recovery Grant, 2023
We are delighted that we are one of the 35 organizations that have received a Staffing Recovery Grant from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (Mass Humanities), funding for which has been provided through the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Future programming and public events will be made possible thanks to this grant. We look forward to being able to offer new and exciting programs at the Gibson House, so keep an eye out for more details!
Preservation and interpretation grants, 2020-2021
We are thrilled that the Gibson House Museum has been the recipient of the following grants:
City of Boston Community Preservation Funds to help with ground-floor structural repairs.
Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (Mass Humanities)/National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funding to reinterpret the ground floor and develop a new, servant-focused tour.
The museum also received a $2,500 CARES operating support grant from Mass Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), for which it is very grateful!
The Gibson House Museum was featured on an episode of the What's Her Name Podcast in 2023, which highlighted the interesting and complex story of Ethel Gibson Allen. You can find the episode here, or search "What'sHerName" wherever you listen to podcasts.
The Gibson House Museum was featured in 2019's Little Women movie. The museum stands in for Jo's New York boardinghouse and publisher's home. Read more about Little Women at the Gibson House here.
The museum has also been profiled by
Boston Pride Guide
Boston Homes magazine
"Museum Open House"
Board of Directors
Samuel H. Duncan, President
Lauren Thomas, Vice President
Jack Mangan, Treasurer
Susan Ashbrook, Secretary
Rachel P. Ericksen
David R. Hocker
Lorie K. Komlyn
Katherine B. Winter
Michelle Coughlin, Museum Administrator
Meghan Gelardi Holmes, Curator
Catherine Carver, Office Assistant & Museum
Sarah Hagglund, Museum & Program Coordinator, Museum Guide
Candace Chan, Museum Guide
Isabella Dobson, Museum Guide
Rosemary Gormley, Museum Guide
Anna Rubenstein, Museum Guide
Emily Yurkus, Museum Guide
The Gibson Society, Inc.
The Gibson Society, Inc. is a tax-exempt charitable and educational institution in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN 04-2299931). Gifts and contributions are deductible from federal taxes in accordance with current provisions of the code.
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"Our docent was very welcoming and provided an excellent range of information about the house and family. The Back Bay area is very intriguing but there are few opportunities to view the interior of the residences there. The Gibson house provides a glimpse into the home and lives of members of the Boston elite. There is a very elegant feel to the house and many interesting artifacts."
Reviewed April 2022 on TripAdvisor
"Terrific! My 11 year old daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We live outside of Boston and have been doing lots of local exploring during Covid and found out about Gibson House while reading an article about the Little Women movie. We love seeing how the Victorians and their families lived and this was spot on. Our guide, Erin, was knowledgeable and able to answer every question."
Reviewed July 2021 on TripAdvisor
"The array of furniture and personal belongings on display is absolutely amazing and fascinating to see how much has been saved."
Reviewed January 2020 on TripAdvisor
"Great tour! This is an interesting house with a unique story. All of the rooms on the first three levels are accessible, and the rooms are authentically arranged with mostly original Gibson family furnishings. Though there is a tour guide, you can go at your own pace and are given a chance to walk around each room. Tour guide was friendly and relatable." Reviewed July 2019 on TripAdvisor
"I had the best time at the Gibson House Museum. The tour guide was super-friendly and knowledgeable. The house itself is charming [and] well preserved and there is so much to see....If you love history and museums, then you will enjoy this tour.... Highly recommend!" Reviewed April 2018 on TripAdvisor