Gibson House Museum
At first glance, the Gibson House Museum does not seem like anything special. In fact, you could walk right by 137 Beacon Street (as I’ve done many times) without realizing what lies inside. So what lies inside? The home of Charlie Gibson, who passed away in 1954 and wanted to leave his family’s home as a museum to protect their legacy and the history of Beacon Street.
As I entered the front door, I quickly forgot that I lived in 2011. It wasn’t just the home and all of the artifacts. It was the eclectic group of people whom Boston history and this museum attract. I almost felt as though I was time traveling – and let me tell you, it was really fun. You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy the Gibson House Museum but you do have to be a good listener and willing to sit still for awhile. After all, that’s how a lot of history unfolds, right?
I especially loved the Japanese style gold wallpaper on the first floor, the ways in which the Gibson’s saved money (for instance, they used a side staircase as their main staircase) and the china. If you have time (and the patience) to stay for a lecture, definitely do. I left feeling like I had learned more history than I ever had before. The executive director of the Gibson House is very knowledgeable. Have a question about eighteenth century Boston? I bet you he will know the answer. Just be sure you don’t have to be anywhere in the next hour.
For more information about the Gibson House Museum, visit their website.All photos courtesy of the Gibson House Museum.