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Otis House, Boston

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#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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  • Usually a house museum tells us more about the architecture of the time than anything, but our tour of Otis House shed much light on the early occupants of Boston, as well as the city's growth since i...  more »
  • I loved this tour because it transported our group back in time and gave us an idea of what life was like in Boston when the Otis family lived at this home. Our group was small, which allowed us to as...  more »
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  • We stumbled upon this small museum and historic house on the last day of our Boston trip. Visits are by guided tour only, which they charge a small fee for (fee is waived for Boston residents). The tour was informative and the house itself looks remarkably well-preserved. We learned that the house is one of the very few that survived following the modernization and revitalization of the area, and that it had to be uprooted and moved a few meters back to make way for the widening of Cambridge Street. Check it out if you have at least an hour to spare.
  • Arts and Models completely related to their history, This place is seems like a historic place.

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