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Old State House

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Address: 206 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02109
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+1 617-720-1713
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Relive the drama and excitement of the American Revolution with fun and...

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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US$10.00*
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Old State House Museum Admission
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US$35.00*
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Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour
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US$300.00*
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Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

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No trip will be complete without stopping here. There are also many other things to see & do in the area. It's close to the train stop, easily accessible. It's a great history... read more

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

No trip will be complete without stopping here. There are also many other things to see & do in the area. It's close to the train stop, easily accessible. It's a great history area to visit.

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Cincinnati, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Such a gorgeous building in the heart of Boston....can look at it over and over and I am hardly an architect! Really iconic and full of hidden history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is part of the freedom trail, one of the first places you see by walking. It is very nice, most of all because it is part of a very famous movie ..

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Surprise, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was so worth the visit! The tour guides were passionate and informative. My favorite was the balcony where the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston listening from the street below. From that very balcony you may also see where the steps of the customs house once stood where a semicircle of redcoats stood bayonets... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Boston is full of history. It gets no better than the Old State House. The American Revolution began here.

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Schenectady
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came during the last hour and a half of the day but were able to hear 2 talks: background of the Boston Massacre, and history of the State House building. It's a small museum with a good number of hands-on activities for kids. Each admission badge highlights a person of the time, and one can follow the person's life... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Out of all the stops on the Freedom Trail, this was by far my favorite. Most places were just quick stops and a quick in and out of the building. But the Old State House has a really nice museum inside. There is tons of information about the Revolutionary War - what led up to it, what happened during it,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing architecture and sights are awaiting you in Boston. The freedom trial gives you an awe inspiring look into the history of beautiful Boston. A must see in comfy walking shoes and the camera at the ready.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Georgian building was the the place of great history leading up to the American revolution in 1776. It was the workplace of the Massachusetts colonial governor, legislature, and court. Finely restored and maintained, the museum inside is well worth visiting by the whole family -- something for all. You'll leave with a better appreciation for the Freedom Trail and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

On our first afternoon Fred decided he could recognize landmarks and get his bearings. So as we rambled around that part of Boston he turned frantically and I kept a weather eye for a good neighborhood bar. Suddenly Fred said, there it is, I told you, I could see a very old building down the skyscraper edged city street. We... More 

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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.
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