Gibson House Museum

Back Bay

Catherine Hammond Gibson was considered quite the pioneer when she moved to this Italian Renaissance row house in 1860 (that she was a female homeowner in this ‘New Land’ was even more unusual). The Gibson House remains virtually unchanged since this time, preserving a piece of Victorian-era Boston and showcasing the antique furniture and art collected by the Gibson family.

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6. Gallery Naga

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