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Massachusetts State House

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Address: 24 Beacon St, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02114
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Designed in 1798 by renowned architect Charles Bulfinch, the historic...
Designed in 1798 by renowned architect Charles Bulfinch, the historic building is dominated by a magnificent gold dome.
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Beautiful Building

Took a school group to Boston recently, and we visited the State House. I was amazed at how beautiful a building it is! To top it off, you can tour for free. There is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

We went in April 2015 and after queuing 10 minutes to go through airport style security we were left in a corridor that felt like an office block, we had to wander around for 5 minutes to find the signs for the free tours. When we got there it looked like the tour was just someone shoeing us around one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Took a school group to Boston recently, and we visited the State House. I was amazed at how beautiful a building it is! To top it off, you can tour for free. There is a security checkpoint to go through, but then you can roam the halls and check out the great history that is there. Beautiful rooms and murals,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

As beautiful as the Massachusetes state house is fom the outside, you must remember to go inside and take one of the free tours they offer!! The tours run from 10am until 3:30pm every half hour. We were on our tour with just 4 others and had an great tour guide, he shared some really interesting stories and bits of... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Most tourists snap pictures of the famous golden dome of the Massachusetts State House, but most don't realize you can go inside and see the dome from the inside, and it's BEAUTIFUL. Entrance is just to the right of the front steps of the capitol.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Really beautiful building from the outside, the gold dome is very pretty in the sunlight. This is a living building and feels just like a working office in the interior.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I really enjoyed my free 45 minute tour of the Massachusetts State house. The tours run every 30 minutes or so on M-F, 10 AM-3:30 PM. I took a 3:30 tour on a cold Tuesday afternoon and was one of only 3 people following along, so it felt almost like a private tour. Since neither the house nor senate was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I didn't plan on going here, but was walking past the building and decided to see what was inside. It is amazingly beautiful! Finding a tour guide was hard so we just wandered around until we found one. Gorgeous marble and mahogany rooms, great history. I would recommend to history and political buffs.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

It's not an awful place to visit, but I'm not sure it was worth it, on reflection. Admission is free, you just have to pass through the ubiquitous security scanners. If you head up to the 1st floor (2nd in American English) you'll find the tours desk where regular guided tours depart, or just ask for a self-guided tour -... More 

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Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

it is really nice to visit the premisses and seeing the senate and different places where the decisions are taken. When we did the visit it was even an environmental activists making an event to claim some requests for more environmental laws... It was fun to see how a democratic process is launched. I could say you could spend at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Wonderful tourist sight. Should be mandatory for all Mass residents. Our guide presented some great state history and some awesome stories on the personalities that shaped the state and the US. They had an excellent section on women that shaped state and US history. I expected more on the state Guard and Reserve veterans who served in recent wars but... More 

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