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Old South Meeting House

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Address: 310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108-4616
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   No Tax on Tea! This was the decision on December 16, 1773,...

   No Tax on Tea! This was the decision on December 16, 1773, when 5,000 angry colonists gathered at Old South Meeting House to protest a tax...and started a revolution with the Boston Tea Party! Built in 1729, Old South Meeting House was the largest building in colonial Boston. From outraged protests over the Boston Massacre, to the night when Samuel Adams gave the secre3t signal to throw 340 crates of tea into Boston Harbor, colonists came to the Meeting House to protest British rule.

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This historic setting has been around 'since Colonial Times' and deserves your visiting it while you're in Boston. But why? Uh... 'cause it's important...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Maynard C
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Boston, MA
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Boston, Massachusetts
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Old South Meeting House is a great stop, and super easy to get to. If you're a fan of "National Treasure", you will recognize this place for certain! A fresh veg/fruit stand at the corner, this is one of many places you can visit for your fill of history. Located near the Financial District, as well as "Downtown Crossing",... More 

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Porto Alegre, RS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well, this is a fine place to visit on a rainy day! Don't expect too much of it, mainly if you had been visiting other spots around Boston!

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Old South Meeting House is well worth the visit and the entrance fee (about $10 per adult). This was a key center of revolutionary fervor in Boston, perhaps most notably the place where the Tea Party instigators headed down to the wharf that historic night. The British took it over when they briefly occupied Boston. The place became and remains... More 

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Boston, MA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This historic setting has been around 'since Colonial Times' and deserves your visiting it while you're in Boston. But why? Uh... 'cause it's important...

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Thank Maynard C
Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great stop as we were tracking through Boston. If you are a history buff and you are in the area you need to make this a priority.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great history lesson on your own, in the center of Boston. worth a visit for an introduction into history, or for those looking for a more intense encounter.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

To be honest, if you've already done the Freedom Trail and the old state house then there is not much added value to visiting here as well, except you visit the actual historic building. Inside is just one room with a few interpretive panels on one side. Like I said, it doesn't add much if you leave this until last... More 

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Lucas G, Guest Relations Manager at Old South Meeting House, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with the scaffolding in the space, but are happy to report that our ceiling restoration project was completed on 3/4/2017. The impact on the space is spectacular! In addition to our substantial exhibit on the history and heritage of free speech at Old South Meeting House, we are pleased to offer scavenger... More 

Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

The Old South Meeting House famous for holding the meetings opposing the taxation levied on tea of the Crown leading up to the Boston tea party, still stands as a symbol for freedom of speech and has done so for generations. I would have given this a five star rating if not for the renovations but I'm sure it will... More 

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I highly recommend visiting the Old South Meeting House for any history fan. It is the site of protests after the Boston Massacre that led to the Boston Tea Party. There are film and artifact exhibits on site to educate visitors.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Experience the place that changed American history forever the Old South Meeting House There are popular interactive programs. Reenact the Boston Tea Party meeting and explore the protest of free speech in American history.

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