Old State House
Old State House
4.5
Historic SitesHistory MuseumsGovernment Buildings
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Relive the drama and excitement of the American Revolution with fun and engaging programs and tours, interactive exhibits, beautifully restored period rooms and unsurpassed 18th century treasures. Celebrating 300 years as America's oldest and most historic colonial building, the Old State House is now Boston's Revolutionary Museum. Visit us at the heart of the Freedom Trail and only steps away from Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and the New England Aquarium.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
How to get there
  • State • 1 min walk
  • Government Center • 3 min walk
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jerrys01
Bel Air, MD587 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My wife and I really liked our tour of the old State House. We toured the exhibits and sat in on a talk about how the council listened to petitions. The council room was particularly interesting.
Written 18 May 2024
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hoben57
Houston, TX89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We stopped in as part of the Freedom Trail and self toured the museum. The docents were friendly and informative. The museum displays were very good. There were a number of artifacts which were interesting to see. A good spot on the Trail.
Written 11 May 2024
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Pete
Fredericksburg, VA1,205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I’m was impressed that this historic building has been preserved so well. Our leaders must have understood the significant history that happened at this place.
While I was there, I decided to think about all disagreements and how they end up leading to bloodshed. Did the British soldier who fired the first shot in The Boston Massacre really have the authorization? Or, was he acting alone? Was the disagreement over colonial independence and British war debt repayment worthy of killing ourselves?
Written 3 May 2024
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RayGCincinnati_OH
Cincinnati, OH270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This building was the center of Boston’s civic life in the 18th century and the scene of some of the most dramatic chapters in the lead-up to the American Revolution. Within these walls, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and John Adams debated the future of the British colonies. The Declaration of Independence was read from the balcony in 1776. Right outside the back door is where the Boston Massacre took place. While going through the structure you can actually feel the presence of these icons of history.
Written 10 April 2024
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Shaolin Kataria
Pittsburgh, PA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The tour inside the Old State House is mostly self-guided and there are relevant artifacts from the time to complement the information boards, just like any other museum.

The catch was the tour guide Ed who did a 20 min talk on the history of the building and shared some really interesting nuggets with us. We all got to sit on the big table during the talk and had a picture taken.
Written 7 January 2024
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Shearart
Tampa, FL21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The state house in Boston was an interesting place to visit. We learned that the government official of the time, made their plans to dump the English tea in the Harbor, right in there rooms.
Written 5 November 2023
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Jaime F
Hamilton, Canada32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
If you’re in Boston for a history tour this is one you don’t want to miss and it’s cheap. Found it interesting that some of the things mirrored from tea party and other notable events around this building and currently being discussed today. This place certainly is a boost for the saying if you don’t learn from the past you’re bound to repeat it!
Written 13 October 2023
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TravelingBum10
United States6,034 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
What a beautiful building. It sticks out like a sore thumb as it’s much smaller than the buildings around it. We did not do the tour.
Written 28 August 2023
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Vacation_Commander
Muncie, IN1,068 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Not too much to say about this. You pass it along the Freedom Trail and you can go inside and see some history. There is also a gift shop you can visit as well.
Written 18 August 2023
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Jonathan M
Tuxedo Park, NY645 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
This beautiful building is very well-preserved and the chance to stand on the site of the Boston Massacre was sobering.
Written 13 August 2023
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