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Otis House, Boston

4.2
#22 of 36 in Museums in Boston
Otis House is the last surviving mansion in Bowdoin Square in Boston's West End neighborhood. Charles Bulfinch designed the house for Harrison Gray Otis, a lawyer who was instrumental in developing nearby Beacon Hill, served in Congress, and was a mayor of Boston.

In 1796, Harrison Gray Otis and his wife, Sally, lived and entertained lavishly in this elegantly furnished home designed by their friend Bulfinch.

Visitors learn about the Otises, their young family, their servants, and the people who loved here after them, when the building was a genteel boarding house. The house portrays both high-style living in the Federal era and the cycles of change in a dynamic urban neighborhood.

Tours are offered Friday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with tours every half hour. Last tour is at 4:30 p.m.

Walking tours of Beacon Hill are offered the first Saturday of the month, May through October at 11 a.m.

Museum Shop open 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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  • While not a great deal is known about the family and their four years in the house, it’s a fascinating insight into the house and inhabitants, which was picked up and rolled back 42 feet when the...  more »
  • This was one of the best tours I've been on and I've been on a lot. Our guide was excellent: just the right amount of humour and history. I highly recommend this historical mansion's tour. Enjoy!  more »
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  • The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and the home has been and is presently being beautifully restored.
  • Awesome, very impressed by the attention to detail in restoration and care for the house. Great guided tour!

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