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Old South Meeting House

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Address: 310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108-4616
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+1 617-482-6439
10:00 - 16:00
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   No Tax on Tea! This was the decision on December 16, 1773,...

   No Tax on Tea! This was the decision on December 16, 1773, when 5,000 angry colonists gathered at Old South Meeting House to protest a tax...and started a revolution with the Boston Tea Party! Built in 1729, Old South Meeting House was the largest building in colonial Boston. From outraged protests over the Boston Massacre, to the night when Samuel Adams gave the secre3t signal to throw 340 crates of tea into Boston Harbor, colonists came to the Meeting House to protest British rule.

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This historic setting has been around 'since Colonial Times' and deserves your visiting it while you're in Boston. But why? Uh... 'cause it's important...

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Maynard C
Boston, MA
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Olten, Switzerland
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the places on the freedom trail is this house. Its historical significance is explained but it also shows the larger historical context. This is what made the visit so worthy for me, because as someone who doesn't know that much about American history it's important to understand the context when visiting all these historical sights in Boston and... More 

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Chilliwack, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If only the walls could talk.....history oozes out of this building. It is just a gorgeous building as well. Definitely worth the entry cost to see the inside.

Thank wader
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is where the planning of the destruction of the tea took place (tea party). Phyllis Wheatley and the Dawes Family were members here. It's a stop on the freedom trail but you don't go in. You have to pay to tour it. My family and I enjoyed it but we all love history.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful evening we spent with costumed re-enactors at the Old South Meeting House last December 16! We talked outside with very spirited re-enactors and then went into the meeting house to hear passionate speeches from very vocal characters! We even had the opportunity to step up the the mic. and give our own opinions about the British and... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What else could one expect except that it was well kept so that we could see what was going on at that time of our country.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Old South Meeting House is a great stop, and super easy to get to. If you're a fan of "National Treasure", you will recognize this place for certain! A fresh veg/fruit stand at the corner, this is one of many places you can visit for your fill of history. Located near the Financial District, as well as "Downtown Crossing",... More 

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Porto Alegre, RS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Well, this is a fine place to visit on a rainy day! Don't expect too much of it, mainly if you had been visiting other spots around Boston!

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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Old South Meeting House is well worth the visit and the entrance fee (about $10 per adult). This was a key center of revolutionary fervor in Boston, perhaps most notably the place where the Tea Party instigators headed down to the wharf that historic night. The British took it over when they briefly occupied Boston. The place became and remains... More 

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Boston, MA
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

This historic setting has been around 'since Colonial Times' and deserves your visiting it while you're in Boston. But why? Uh... 'cause it's important...

Thank Maynard C
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

This was a great stop as we were tracking through Boston. If you are a history buff and you are in the area you need to make this a priority.

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