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Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor
Cost:$ see below
Category:Historic Landmarks
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old state house museum photoKnown 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 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


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Adults $7.50; Boston Seniors FREE; Massachusetts children w/ familiy FREE; Seniors (62+) $6.; Students $6.00; Youth (6-18) $3.00; Children 5 & under FREE; Members FREE

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www.bostonhistory.org/?s=osh

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State & Washington Streets, Boston, MA map
Phone: (617) 720-1713

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