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The Old State House


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206 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02109
United States

(??.? miles from you)


The Old State House

The Old State House
The Old State House
The Old State House
The Old State House
The Old State House
The Old State House
The Old State House
The Old State House
The Old State House

(??.? miles from you)

206 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02109
United States


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Why You Should Go...

Through massacre, revolution, and a fire, the Old State House stands as the oldest surviving public building in Boston. Built in 1713, the building served as the center of civic, political, and business life.

Don't forget to sit in the Royal Governor's chair inside the newly-restored King's Council Chamber and experience what it was like to be the most powerful person in Colonial America.

Journey through the only museum on the Freedom Trail, filled with a vivid collection of Revolution-era artifacts and other one-of-a-kind objects from the past, each one contributing to the amazing story of Revolutionary Boston.

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Why You Should Go...

Through massacre, revolution, and a fire, the Old State House stands as the oldest surviving public building in Boston. Built in 1713, the building served as the center of civic, political, and business life.

Explore at your own pace and enjoy tours and performances every 30 minutes, lead by fun, interractive guides and fully-costumed Revolutionary Characters. Discover historic period rooms filled with multi-sensory exhibits, beautiful art, and important artifacts. Visit the site of the infamous Boston Massacre, one of the pivotal moments on America's road to Revolution. 

Don't forget to sit in the Royal Governor's chair inside the newly-restored King's Council Chamber and experience what it was like to be the most powerful person in Colonial America.

Journey through the only museum on the Freedom Trail, filled with a vivid collection of Revolution-era artifacts and other one-of-a-kind objects from the past, each one contributing to the amazing story of Revolutionary Boston.

What You Should Know...

Hours: 09:00am - 05:00pm, Daily

Extra Fun...

Insider Info

State Street Station (Orange and Blue Lines on the MBTA) runs through the basement of the Old State House, providing very easy access to public transportation.

There are four different types of tour experiences available every day, all included in admission.

The Old State House features exhibits on three floors of the building, accessible by staircase only.

Fun Facts

The people of Boston first heard the Declaration of Independence when it was read from the balcony of the Old State House in July of 1776. The reading is now an annual tradition.

Following the Boston Massacre, the Royal Governor and his Council had to find a way to prevent further bloodshed. The Council Chamber in which they met has been restored and features all-ages hands-on exhibits.

The lion and unicorn on the roof were installed as symbols of British rule, but were torn down and burned at the start of the Revolution. Replicas were put up in the late 1800s, and a time capsule was discovered in the lion's head in 2014.

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Why You Should Go...

Through massacre, revolution, and a fire, the Old State House stands as the oldest surviving public building in Boston. Built in 1713, the building served as the center of civic, political, and business life.

Explore at your own pace and enjoy tours and performances every 30 minutes, lead by fun, interractive guides and fully-costumed Revolutionary Characters. Discover historic period rooms filled with multi-sensory exhibits, beautiful art, and important artifacts. Visit the site of the infamous Boston Massacre, one of the pivotal moments on America's road to Revolution. 

Don't forget to sit in the Royal Governor's chair inside the newly-restored King's Council Chamber and experience what it was like to be the most powerful person in Colonial America.

Journey through the only museum on the Freedom Trail, filled with a vivid collection of Revolution-era artifacts and other one-of-a-kind objects from the past, each one contributing to the amazing story of Revolutionary Boston.

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What You Should Know...

Hours: 09:00am - 05:00pm, Daily

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  • Old State House Tour

    Today

    10:00 AM EST

    The Old State House

    Old State House Tour

    The Old State House

    Old State House Tour
    The Old State House was the political center of Revolutionary Boston and the first sparks of the American Revolution took place in or near this amazing building. Experience the power of the revolutionary ideas that were debated inside and discover how the passionate voices of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, James Otis, and others rang out from these halls and changed American history forever.

  • Boston Massacre Tour

    Today

    10:30 AM EST

    The Old State House

    Boston Massacre Tour

    The Old State House

    Boston Massacre Tour
    Explore the actual site of the Boston Massacre and discover what really happened on that cold March night in 1770, when an angry crowd surrounded British troops in front of the Old State House. In the end, five Bostonians were killed and The Bloody Massacre on King Street became the most infamous story in Revolutionary America. Showings also at 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm.

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EXTRA FUN

Insider Info

State Street Station (Orange and Blue Lines on the MBTA) runs through the basement of the Old State House, providing very easy access to public transportation.

There are four different types of tour experiences available every day, all included in admission.

The Old State House features exhibits on three floors of the building, accessible by staircase only.

Fun Facts

The people of Boston first heard the Declaration of Independence when it was read from the balcony of the Old State House in July of 1776. The reading is now an annual tradition.

Following the Boston Massacre, the Royal Governor and his Council had to find a way to prevent further bloodshed. The Council Chamber in which they met has been restored and features all-ages hands-on exhibits.

The lion and unicorn on the roof were installed as symbols of British rule, but were torn down and burned at the start of the Revolution. Replicas were put up in the late 1800s, and a time capsule was discovered in the lion's head in 2014.

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