A Brief History of the Museum

The Nichols House Museum occupies an impressive four-story town house, one of the earliest Beacon Hill structures, constructed in 1804. In 1885, Dr. Arthur Nichols purchased the house for his wife and daughters. Their eldest daughter Rose Standish Nichols, noted landscape architect, writer and suffragist, inherited the house. Miss Nichols owned and cared for the house from 1935 until her death in 1960. Since 1961 the Nichols House Museum has been open to the public as an historic house museum reflecting the domestic life of a typical family of Beacon Hill at the turn of the last century. The house is furnished with priceless possessions accumulated over several generations. The collection includes fine European and American wooden furniture from the 17th-19th centuries, ancestral portraits, Flemish tapestries, oriental rugs, European and Asian art, and works by America's foremost sculptor of the 19th century, Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Open year-round, the Nichols House Museum welcomes a growing number of international and domestic guests. It provides an active schedule of lectures, programs, and special events for its membership and the community. The Nichols House welcomes a variety of educational groups for tours and programs. These have included after-school Girl Scout troops working on badges, students from nearby colleges and universities, design students, and adult learners who visit the museum under the aegis of the Road Scholar program.

E-Newsletters

Notes from The Nichols House
A publication of the Nichols House Museum
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Annual Reports

Nichols House Museum Annual Report
A publication of the Nichols House Museum
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2016-2017 Annual Report
40 pages
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2015-2016 Annual Report
14 pages
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Staff

  • Linda Marshall, Executive Director
  • Laura Cunningham, Programs and Collections Coordinator
  • Charlotte Wittmann, Communications and Administration Associate
  • Victoria Johnson, Visitor Experience and Research Associate

Job and Internship Opportunities

 

Graduate Research Internship

The Nichols House Museum is currently seeking a graduate level intern to assist with exhibition research and to build the museum’s archival knowledge. Responsibilities include gathering relevant research materials both on and off-site, researching provenance history related to the museum’s collection, and ensuring that this information is properly documented in the electronic database, PastPerfect. The Graduate Research Intern will exercise attention to detail and adhere to a project timeline. This is an unpaid position, working under the supervision of the Programs and Collections Coordinator. It offers an opportunity to gain hands-on experience while significantly contributing to the museum’s forthcoming exhibition.

Qualifications: Applicants must be enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a recognized M.A. or Ph.D. program and possess prior research experience. This position requires an understanding of art history and special consideration will be given to those with decorative arts familiarity. This position requires a commitment of 8-12 hours a week through April.

How to apply: Applicants should submit a writing sample, cover letter and resume to lcunningham@nicholshousemuseum.org with Graduate Research Intern in the subject line. Writing samples should not exceed 500 words.

Internships

The Nichols House Museum offers part-time internships in collections, archives and digital services, research, education, development, and marketing. Due to the small nature of our team, interns are encouraged to work in a multidisciplinary fashion if interested. All interns are required to provide routine tour support and contribute content to the museum’s monthly blog. Internships are available in the summer as well as the fall and spring semesters and can be used for course credit. Internship applications are reviewed on the following deadlines but may be submitted on a rolling basis.

  • Fall Semester: August 31
  • Spring Semester: December 15
  • Summer: May 15
  • The Nichols House Museum seeks highly motivated graduate students or upper-level undergraduate students in the fields of art history, history, museum studies, library and information science, communications or marketing. Applicants should possess strong organizational skills and exhibit an attention to detail. Interns must commit to a minimum of one, eight-hour day per week.

    How to apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by email to info@nicholshousemuseum.org with Internship – [Area of Interest] in the subject line.

    Linsdell Fellowship

    The Nichols House Museum is pleased to offer the Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders Research Fellowship for the summer of 2017.

    The Linsdell Fellow will complete a focused research paper of his/her choice related to the museum's educational mission. Topics should be relevant to the history of the house and the Nichols family, and should be set in the broader context of artistic, social and political movements that took place between 1804 to 1960.

    The chosen candidate will work with the staff of the museum and at area archives to complete the research project in the time allotted. The paper will exist as an interpretive resource for the museum’s staff and should therefore be heavily supported by research from outside archives. At the conclusion of the fellowship, a final research paper must be submitted and a public presentation of research findings is required. This 175 hour, 6-8 week position comes with a stipend of $2,500, and will begin and end during the summer of 2018 at mutually agreed upon dates. Completed applications are due by April 15, 2018, to info@nicholshousemuseum.org and must include a resume, contact information for two references, and a cover letter outlining your interest in the fellowship and detailing your proposed research topic.

    Volunteer Docent Program

    The Nichols House Museum welcomes volunteers to join our docent program on a rolling basis. Docents provide vital support to the museum by leading high-quality tours to diverse audiences and communities. Hours are flexible, and orientation and training are required. Docents receive complimentary admission to the museum and museum programming events.

    Applicants should be interested in history, architecture, and decorative arts, and enjoy interacting with visitors of all ages. Docents typically commit to half or full-day shifts.

    Please send a note expressing your interets and availability to info@nicholshousemuseum.org with "Docent" in the subject line.