Gibson House Museum
Price of admission: $9 (Students & Seniors, $6; children, $3)
Website - 617-267-6338
Hours of Operations: Wednesday - Sunday, see tour times below.
Designed by Boston architect Edward Clarke Cabot, the Gibson House was built at the same time as its sister at 135 Beacon Street in 1859-60. The houses were among the first on the south side of Beacon Street west of Arlington, and sat alone for ten years until the block filled in.
The Gibson House represents American domestic life at its most vertical. From the 1850s to the 1870s, American row houses sometimes reached a height of six levels. By the end of the century four-level houses were most common, only occasionally going to five. Four of the Gibson House's six levels are open to the public (ground - third floor.) The fourth and fifth floors are museum staff and storage spaces.