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Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon St, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02114 (Beacon Hill)
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Ranked #36 of 218 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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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The docent was articulate, enthusiastic, and well informed. The history of the building is memorable and exciting to experience. There is no charge for the tour, which was a pleasant surprise.

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Holly Springs, North Carolina
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We happened across the opportunity to tour the Massachusetts State House and thought why not. After going through security you have the opportunity to join a narrated tour which is very interesting and entertaining. The tour includes the usual stop in the Senate and House Chambers, a brief peek in the Governor's office, and explanations about the many pictures, plaques,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Walking the Freedom Trail, the first and probably the most impressive stop was the State House. We ventured in just in time to join a complimentary guided tour with a most informative guide. The building looks stunning with its gold dome from the outside and is no less so inside. We were shown into both chambers and also many other... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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218 reviews 218 reviews
81 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Complimentary tour of this very interesting building Sits above Boston Common Informative guide. Free to wander and talk Good shop

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Belgrade, Serbia
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290 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Just passing on one edge, the Granary Burying Ground, we got to the Beacon Street, from which we could see in front of us, the gold-domed Massachusetts State House. That is the state capitol and house of government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is located at the crest of the famous Beacon Hill, overlooking Boston Common. We looked at... More

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San Diego, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We had no idea what to expect under the great golden dome! The architecture and design is amazing! The tour was free. The tour guide was friendly and informative. Definitely worth a visit!

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I took a group of architecture students on the guided tour offered here, and everyone was in awe the entire time! The building is beautiful from the outside, but you have to see the interior rooms to fully appreciate it. As with almost every old building in Boston, there's a funny story behind a statue here, a name on the... More

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Bristow, Virginia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We stopped at the State House during our Freedom Trail walk, and we decided to go in and take a tour. The security guard actually discouraged us from taking the tour!! We decided not to stick around. What we did see what beautiful, and it would've been nice to see the rest. Maybe next time (with a more enthusiastic guard)!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

as a former state representative from Norwood and Walpole 1966 to 1976 I miss my buddies. it was such a honor to serve the people in my district, the state house was a symbol of democracy and I miss it.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Lots to see inside- beautiful stately rooms including sweeping stairways, paintings, stain glass windows etc. Staff were less than enthusiastic - 3 were chatting with each other at the tours information desk and I was initially ignored for a few moments. When I returned the self guide sheet- the staff were again talking and laughing amongst themselves - no one... More

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