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“Very knowledgeable docent - average period house”

Harrison Gray Otis House
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Ranked #131 of 402 things to do in Boston
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Owner description: Designed in 1796 and once belonging to a Boston mayor, this historic house is an excellent example of the architecture and life-style of the post-Revolutionary culture.
Reviewed March 10, 2012

The house itself was an average period home - what we really enjoyed was the knowledgeable docent and the history of Beacon Hill introduction in the beginning of the tour. We combined our visit with the "Walk to the Sea" - probably wouldn't recommend going just for the museum. Make sure to ask for the AAA discount.

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Reviewed January 11, 2012

I visited the Harrison Gray Otis House museum after hearing about it from a friend. I enjoyed the house but didn't love it. There are many parts of the house that are not preserved and are closed off to the tour. We did have a great female docent who talked clearly and loudly and answered most of the group's questions. The cost is low so I would recommend checking this house museum out sometime.

The tour took about 45 mins. total and there's a nice little gift shop, also.

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Reviewed October 11, 2011

This house is a great way to start a walking tour of Beacon Hill. It's a good example of Bulfinch architecture, and the interiors show gracious living during Federalist times. Our docent was excellent!

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Reviewed August 9, 2010

You probably won't be able to see and do everything you'd like to while you're in Boston, so don't waste your time at the Otis House. Compared with other historical sites, little is known about the family who built the home, and much of the furniture and decorating is not original to the house, but is historically accurate to the time. We've toured many other more famous homes older than the Otis house with few restrictions, but in the Otis house we had to wear shoe covers, and were told if we wanted to take notes, we could use pencil but not pen. We felt like naughty children intent on vandalism. We did get a few interesting tidbits regarding architecture of the time (1795-6), how and by whom the rooms in the house were used, and ways early Americans controlled light, but all in all it was barely worth the modest admission and hour of our precious vacation time.

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