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.