Old State House Museum
Other Ideas: Castle Island, Fort Independence and Sullivan's Snack Shack; Old South Meeting House; Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House - Home of the Alcotts; Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum (for kids and adults); Freedom Trail Tours
Known today as the Old State House, 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.
What Happened at the Old State House?
Within these walls, Samuel Adams, James Otis, John Hancock, and John Adams debated the future of the British colonies. Just outside the building, five men were among the first casualties of the battle for independence, in what would later be known as the Boston Massacre.
The Declaration of Independence was proclaimed from the balcony to the citizens of Boston in 1776. History happened here.
What to Do & See
Two floors of exhibitions tell the story of the role the building—and Boston—played in the American Revolution. Hands-on History galleries on the second floor provide interactive exhibitions for families with children. See tea from the Boston Tea Party and John Hancock's coat; listen to testimony from the Boston Massacre trial; view paintings of Boston harbor and other Boston treasures. Check the website for special events and tours.
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Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
Closed to the public for yearly maintenance every first work week in February
Seniors (62+) $14
Children (under 12) $8
State & Washington Streets, Boston, MA map
Phone: (617) 720-1713
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