House Museums

Old House Journal

Restored to their original glory, house museums afford the public to experience a taste of history. Learn more about where to find these historic homes, kitchens, and gardens. 

The patriotic Little Corner Store represents a more recent period: rationing during World War II.

Colonial History at Strawbery Banke Museum

This living history museum is the heart of Portsmouth, New Hampshire's historic city center.

Parson Fisher House Museum

The Parson Fisher House Museum

Learn about the Parson Fisher House Museum in Blue Hill, Maine.

Carter's Grove is expected to feature a "for sale" sign out front later this year.

Home Sweet House Museum

Over the next decade, some of the nation's finest historic houses, now open to the public as museums, may be sold.

Many examples of Federal architecture can be seen on the winding streets of Beacon Hill.

Boston's Old-House Treasures

A local shares his favorite buildings from three centuries of history.

As part of the restoration, Montpelier was stripped of its duPont-era pink stucco and returned to its original Federal-era brick façade.

Finding James Madison's Montpelier

A world-class sleuthing effort has gone into restoring James Madison's beloved house. The result is one of the best unmuddlings in recent history.

The kitchen in the Coffin House contains little more than a large cooking fireplace and a built-in cupboard for holding dishes.

5 House Museum Kitchens to Visit

When you're trying to replicate period details in your kitchen, house museums offer a wealth of sleuthing opportunities.

A vintage postcard depicts one of the Grove Park Inn's massive stone fireplaces.

7 Arts & Crafts Fireplaces to Visit

We've curated 7 of our favorite Arts & Crafts fireplaces across the country.

A view into Bonnefont Cloister herb garden, where vertical elements enhance the sense of enclosure. The honeysuckle on the blind arcade is ‘Graham Thomas.’

Medieval Garden Inspiration from The Cloisters

In a monastery, the cloister is a courtyard or quadrangle surrounded by walls and especially by covered walks. These medieval gardens provide inspiration for those with period revival houses, or for courtyards or covered walks.

The House of the Seven Gables made famous by Hawthorne.

Visiting Historic Salem, Massachusetts

Explore this small city's architectural gems.

The rear façade of the Lanier Mansion in Madison, Indiana, highlights its octagonal cupola. Greek Revival house

7 Greek Revival House Museums

These Greek Revival house museums offer plenty of renovation inspiration.

Edsel Ford House

Juxtaposition at the Edsel Ford House

The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is now a house museum open to the public.

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Jonas More House: Eye-Opening Wallpaper Designs

View different wallpaper designs at Jonas More House.

The Titian Room houses masterworks by the Renaissance artist Bellini.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

A century ago, heiress Isabella Stewart Gardner created the perfect antidote to Boston’s cold, dark, wet winters when she built a light-suffused, temperate garden in the courtyard of her own personal museum.

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