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Old State House Museum

Official Website:Old State House Museum
Location:206 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02109-1702 map
Phone:(617) 720-3290
Hours:Hours Vary see below
In/Outdoor:Indoor
Cost:$ see below
Category:Museums
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Old State House MuseumAlso known as Boston's 'Towne House', the Old State House dates back to 1713. It was the center of all political life and debate in colonial Boston.

On July 18, 1776, citizens gathered in the street to hear the Declaration of Independence read from the building's balcony, the first public reading in Massachusetts. The Royal Governor presided here until the new State House was built on Beacon Hill in 1798.

The Boston Massacre occurred beneath the balcony, where the Declaration of Independence later would be read for the first time to the citizens of Boston, an event reenacted each July 4. The massacre site is marked by a cobblestone mosaic in the sidewalk.

The building underwent a dozen incarnations after independence, housing the Supreme Judicial Court, then City Hall, a lodge of Masons and commercial stores. By 1875, officials planned to tear it down. But when the city of Chicago volunteered to buy the structure, irate Bostonians raised money to restore it in one of the first examples of historic preservation. Today, the building is run by The Bostonian Society as a museum commemorating Boston bloodshed in the American Revolution.

The Old State House remains the city's oldest public building, though it was renovated by an architect who used the wrong plans and put a spiral staircase where the assembly chamber was supposed to be. There were other indignities. In 1903, the historic edifice was unceremoniously elevated to make room for the subway. One of its most interesting exhibits is a noise gauge that registers the rumble of the trains beneath.

Also inside: displays of everything from corset hardware to ship models?including a vial of tea from the Boston Tea Party.

View Calendar of Events.

HoursTop

Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During January, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
During July and August, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
Closed to the public for yearly maintenance every first work week in February

Gallery tours are offered on the hour throughout the day.


CostTop

Adults $7.50
Seniors (62+) $6.00
Students $6.00
Youth (6-18) $3.00
Children 5 & under FREE
Members FREE


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  • Guided tours of this Freedom Trail stop are available by reservation only
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