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Old State House

206 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02109 (Downtown)
617-720-1713
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Ranked #41 of 195 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Relive the drama and excitement of the American Revolution with fun...
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Delray Beach, Florida
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84 reviews 84 reviews
37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I'm not much of a museum person, but this place is pretty cool to see. We opted out of the tour, but ended up listening to the Boston Tea Party talk. It was really interesting and it was nice to see that people still care about the history the way these museum heads do.

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Portland, Oregon
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We went on a couple of the guided tours at the museum and they were very well done. The young docents had a wealth of knowledge that they shared in an interesting story-telling format.

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OldStateHouse, Marketing Associate at Old State House, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We're glad that you had such a great visit. Our education assistants are very enthusiastic about bringing one of the country’s most important colonial buildings to life. Please visit again! We offer Daily Special tours at 3pm with an array of different topics for something new every visit. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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319 reviews 319 reviews
143 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I thought this was one of the highlights of the Freedom Walk. A lovely building in its own right, the Old State House is well interpreted so that the visitor gets to grips with the attitudes of a broad range of residents both those championing independence and those less sure of its benefits.

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Bronx, NY
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36 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This was my second favorite site on the Freedom Trail. Absolutely loved it, from upstairs and the beautiful women's heels from that era to the "basement" and the bathroom.....wonderful for the history buff! FYI, you have to leave your bags with them in the souvenir shop.

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OldStateHouse, Marketing Associate at Old State House, responded to this review

We’re very happy that you enjoyed your visit! That piece is absolutely beautiful and has been a favorite among visitors. We would recommend going on one of our Daily Special tours at 3pm, one of which that focuses on the Ladies of the Revolution for your next visit. More 

Valdosta, Georgia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
46 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The tour at the Old State House is very interactive. Upon arrival, you receive a small card containing a depiction of a colonial-era person. This card then becomes your "character" as you tour the exhibits, many of which ask you to think about how your character would have been impacted by the events which took place in colonial Boston. This... More 

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OldStateHouse, Marketing Associate at Old State House, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us and we’re glad that you enjoyed The Revolutionary Character cards! Please visit revolutionarycharacters.org if you want to interact with new identities. For our Summer programming, feel free to visit again and you can talk to some of these historical figures in real-life through our Revolutionary Characters LIVE programs. More 

Belgrade, Serbia
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369 reviews 369 reviews
327 attraction reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

And finally on the Freedom Trail, that we followed historical site by historical site, we reached to the place that means so much, in sense to think and remind through the stories of ancestors about event that took place here, to the Bostonians. It is an old brick house with the mansard type of roof and the steeple in the... More 

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OldStateHouse, Marketing Associate at Old State House, responded to this review

Thank you for review. Please come visit the Old State House museum on your next visit! With your appreciation of the history that took place here, you would enjoy the different artifacts exhibited such as the crimson John Hancock coat and the renovated historic rooms of the early government in Boston. Our education associates also give interactive, guided talks on... More 

Naples, Florida, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Not only was this attraction well maintained, designed, and very well staffed, the knowledgeable actress who played an historical figure from 1767 (before the war) was supurb. She was describing the lead up to the revolution and it was fascinating.

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OldStateHouse, Marketing Associate at Old State House, responded to this review

Very happy to hear that you had a good visit and thanks for the review! We have received great feedback on our Revolutionary Characters LIVE program, and we’re glad that you were able to participate. Please visit again to see more interactive programs and exhibitions. More 

Chorley, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We visited this beautiful old building at the end of September 2014. At this time the price of entry had been redused to $5 each. This made this visit value for money, full price hmm maybe too much. The staff were very friendly and knowlegdeable about the building and the local history. There are some lovely exhibits in the place... More 

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UK
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182 reviews 182 reviews
80 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Walking the Freedom Trail we bought a combined ticket for this venue and for Paul Revere's house. At the Old State House we were invited to meet an artisan from the period in costume but we found as this character was not well known, it was time to press on. Interesting museum though.

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Birmingham, AL
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89 reviews 89 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

You can't just walk through this house and know the significance it holds...you must listen to the tour guide. Our tour guide (in crutches) was very knowledgeable. The site of the Boston Massacre, meetings that led to the revolution, the Declaration of Independence was read to the people of Boston and Abigail Adams was there. She wrote to her husband,... More 

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