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Beacon Hill Museums
African Meeting House

46 Joy Street

617-725-0022, ext. 222

The Abiel Smith School and the African Meeting House are the highlights of this museum complex. The Smith School (1835) was Boston’s first school built for African-American children at public expense, and the 1806 African Meeting House is the oldest black church building in the nation.

Open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except Sundays

Nichols House Museum

55 Mt. Vernon Street


This house museum was established by its last owner, Rose Standish Nichols, landscape architect and internationalist. Designed and built in 1804, the house has been attributed to Charles Bulfinch. 

Wednesday-Sunday, year-round, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tours every half hour. Last tour at 4:30 PM

Otis House

141 Cambridge Street


Built in 1796, this was the first of three houses designed by Charles Bulfinch for Benjamin Gray Otis, a prominent lawyer,

U.S. Congressman and mayor of Boston.

It is now headquarters for Historic New England.

Open 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM


The Vilna Shul

18 Phillips Street


The Vilna Shul is now a place of learning where Jewish history, culture, and spirituality are open and accessible to everyone.

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