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Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon St, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02114 (Beacon Hill)
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As featured in 3 days in Boston
Ranked #35 of 209 attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Designed in 1798 by renowned architect Charles Bulfinch, the historic building is dominated by a magnificent gold dome.
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London, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We're not political geeks but like to visit state houses wherever we travel. Some have been surprisingly impressive despite their lower profiles (e.g. Charleston WV and Indianapolis IN both immediately come to mind, if you ever get the chance). Once we figured out how to get inside the MA building (it's through the Hooker statue entrance to the east, not... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Boston is the only largest city that is also the state's capital. The Massachusetts State House is gorgeous. The dome is made with gold which makes it even more unique. There is a nice garden around.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Built on the Estate of John Hancock- you can see how it has grown from the original building to the additions. The artwork is simply beautiful.

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Eagle River, Alaska
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168 reviews 168 reviews
61 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Never mind the people we elect to work here...this place is historically beautiful! Marble,flags, reliefs, bronze, great artwork. I've gone here since I was old enough to go intown on my own so that's about 40 years. Always something different. I went here three years ago with the whole family and we could see why this is the top if... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

Well worth a visit with magnificent architecture and lots of information on America's history. We were able to get in to watch the House of Representatives honouring the Portuguese Community. A real insight to community living.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We just happened to pass by the building, when we noticed the last tour of the day was about to take place. On a whim we stopped in. The tour was led by a young woman who was engaging and well informed. We learned a lot. We were allowed into some cool spots within the building.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Visited this place right after Christmas (so lucky it was open as many other places are closed during the time). Be sure to follow the guided tour on the second floor! A professional guide will show you around the state house. The building itself was absolutely beautiful, with the extra ornaments during Christmas time. I'd say it's a lovely time... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Really enjoyed the history of this building. The front section of the building is the original State House, with its wooden columns. The "newer" (relatively speaking) building extends to the back. The marble work is breath-taking, with different types throughout. We brought our kids, who were kept interested by the scale of the place; the changing styles of each room;... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I can't say I have ever attended one of the public tours (though I have heard from many that they are worth doing). I did, however, intern here while I was in college and journeyed here for work many times thereafter. The building is nothing short of a work of art and despite having gone there dozens of times, it... More

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Avon, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Massachusetts State House is beautiful with its golden dome sitting on Beacon Street overlooking Boston Commons. I have visited many times in the distant past when I lived on the east coast and looked forward to my visit after many years when I had the opportunity to spend a long weekend in Boston. However, I was disappointed that the... More

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