Old State House Museum

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
Come see tea from the Boston Tea Party, listen to testimony from the Boston Massacre trial and check out John Hancock's coat. Two floors of interactive exhibits explain the important role the building — and Boston — played in the American Revolution.
  • Adult gate price $10.00
  • Child gate price $0.00
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Experience Revolutionary Boston(SM) at the Old State House Museum and the Boston Massacre Historic Site. Explore two floors of exciting treasures such as John Hancock’s red velvet coat, real tea from the Boston Tea Party, and learn about Paul Revere’s dramatic “Bloody Massacre on King Street”--a political cartoon that in 1770 sent tremors through the colonies and helped spark the American Revolution.

A stunning piece of architecture, the Old State House is the oldest and most significant public building on the Freedom Trail–and also the most photographed! Go inside and find out how the great patriot Samuel Adams defied the Royal Governor. Find out why John Adams declared that “independence was born” here. Imagine the first reading of the Declaration of Independence to the citizens of Boston from the east balcony in 1776 and then, 200 years later, Queen Elizabeth II standing on the very same balcony, surrounded by thousands of cheering Americans who gathered to celebrate our bicentennial!

Revolutionary Boston(SM) at the Old State House is one of the most historically-charged museums in America, and your trip to Boston won’t be complete without a visit inside!

Located downtown in the heart of the Financial District, the State House is a highly-recognizable landmark that is set in stark contrast to the skyscrapers and other modern structures that create the skyline of modern-day Boston. The Old State House is situated along the Freedom Trail, a red-brick path that guides visitors along a physical history of this former colonial stronghold, beginning at Boston Common and ending in the city’s naval hub and site of the Battle of Bunker Hill, Charlestown. Revolutionary Boston® at the Old State House is perhaps the most popular stop along the trail, given the prominent and momentous events that took place here, and its location near the actual site of the Boston Massacre.

Revolutionary Boston(SM)at the Old State House Museum visits feature a free audio tour, and family-friendly exhibits that will interest and excite even the younger members of your party. Visit this crucial piece of Bostonian and American history; a building that was once the civic center of the colonies, and get in touch with the events that shaped the nation as it stands over 300 years after the Declaration of Independence was read from its balcony to a following of people yearning for freedom.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Must See
By Vacationer Verified Reviewer from Florida on
Pros:
Free Phone Tour, Character ID, Tours
Best Uses:
Wonderful for All,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Old State House Museum:

There are so many choices of things to do in Boston and this is one to see! While it is a small museum, you can do it all in about 2 hours, it is set up so well! Everyone receives a character ID and throughout the museum there are several questions that relate to your person. Also, they work in your character during their tours. It is very well done! In addition, throughout the museum you can take a free audio tour through your cell phone. Very cool! We loved this museum!

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Low-tech history!
By Happy Host Verified Reviewer from Wellesley, MA on
Pros:
Well-curated exhibits, John Hancock's coat, On the Freedom Trail
Best Uses:
On the trail,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Old State House Museum:

Cashiers reminded us that we got a discount in the gift shop. Again, the GoCard made us feel like VIPs!

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Phone: (617) 720-1713

Address

206 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02109

Hours

Daily, 9:00 am-5:00 pm (Open until 6:00 pm for Memorial Day through Labor Day)

Closings

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year's Day
February 2/15-6/15
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • No parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • No disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Address

206 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02109

Public Transportation

Take the T: Orange or Blue Lines to State Street stop. The Old State House is located directly above the station.

Getting In
Upon arrival, present your pass at the ticket desk for entry.

Note: The Old State House Museum will be CLOSED February 4th through February 8th for maintenance.

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