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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 #28 of 207 attractions in Boston
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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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Madison, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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16 helpful votes 16 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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Brisbane, Queensland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The Massachusetts State House is a very nice building. There are a number of richly decorated halls, beautiful stained glass windows and grand legislative chambers but the tour which takes you to all of these places is not great, to say the least. My tour guide didn't seem to know that much about the building and offered very basic information... More

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Almere, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

The Massachusetts State House is a most impressive building with its columns, pillars and huge golden dome. It was completed in 1798 and is the state capitol and house of government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is located on top of Beacon Hill across Boston Common. The dome was first made of wood covered with copper, but in 1874... More

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the State House. We were fortunate to be the only 2 guests on the 10am tour and the gentleman who guided us (I am sorry I can't remember his name) was charming and patient with our numerous questions. We two Brits came away with a much better understanding on how American politics operates and... More

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Alexandria VA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Our docent in the State Capitol was Miss Mary and she showed around the entire building. I try to see the Capitol building in each state capital and tho this one is not fanciest or most beautiful, she made it come to life. We got into the "General Court" chamber (most others call it the House of Representatives), the Hall... More

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

When in Boston, the State House is definitely a must go. We took the free guided tour, which was very informative. We'd probably have gotten lost without the guide, not to say that he was extremely knowledgeable of the details of the State House construction and architecture as well as history. The building is beautiful. I was very impressed with... More

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Athy.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

well worth the visit and its free, the history of Massachusetts, the state rooms of both the House of Representatives and Senate Rooms are beautiful

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