Old State House
Old State House
4.5
Historic SitesHistory MuseumsGovernment Buildings
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 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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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 January 7, 2024
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Shearart
Tampa, FL18 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 November 5, 2023
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Jaime F
Hamilton, Canada25 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 October 13, 2023
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TravelingBum10
United States2,737 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 August 28, 2023
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Vacation_Commander
Muncie, IN980 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 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 August 18, 2023
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Jonathan M
Tuxedo Park, NY552 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This beautiful building is very well-preserved and the chance to stand on the site of the Boston Massacre was sobering.
Written August 13, 2023
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Stephanie M
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Lots of interesting history packed into this building. Admission was 15 dollars for here and the the meeting room which I felt was reasonable. Worth paying if in Boston and interested in history.
Written July 23, 2023
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texazcharlie
McKinney, TX89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We did not get a chance to tour the building. That said, we visited on Independence Day where they read the Declaration of Independence from the very same balcony where it was read to the public on July 4th, 1776! Goosebumps moment for me. Do not miss this.
Written July 11, 2023
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Gregoire V
Pully, Switzerland9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
On our first day in Boston, my cousin and I had planned some things to visit (Tea Party and Aquarium). Both of these things didn’t work out, in the end because they were too pricy or we were too late to buy tickets…
While walking around downtown, we saw the Old State house and realized that it had its own museum. When we saw the offer of visiting Old State house and South Meeting house for just 15$, our day was saved ! These two buildings are historical icons and truly interesting if you’re into US Independence history. I would recommend visiting these two houses instead of walking into one of the tourist traps we wanted to do first !
Written June 17, 2023
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Melissa P
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
It is good for kids and they accept credit cards as well as contactless payments. It is historic and is at the intersection of Washington and State streets.
Written May 24, 2023
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Old State House admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost C$16.16, while a popular guided tour starts around C$6.73 per person.