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Massachusetts State House

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Address: 24 Beacon St, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02114
Phone Number: 6177273676
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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This is a nice site to see

This is such a nice site to see. It is full of history and beauty. This entire top golden dome is made of real gold leaf.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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North Miami Beach, Florida

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North Miami Beach, Florida
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such a nice site to see. It is full of history and beauty. This entire top golden dome is made of real gold leaf.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was very interesting although you cant go in there but you can see the beauty of it as it is just off the park and you can get lovely photos of it. and the story of how it came about is on a plaque down the bottom of the hill.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This building is full of history. You are free to walk around at your own pace. The people are very friendly and the stained glass is amazing.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's free and our tour guide was so knowledgeable. The building itself has so much history where you can learn more than just about the building but about about the city and the country as a whole.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Beautiful building is the State House, notably the Hall of Flags and the Nurse's Hall, as well as the chambers were the Representatives sit. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This is a very lovely State capitol building. The architecture is impressive, and its golden dome is iconic for Boston and the whole state. Take a tour if you have time!

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Pembroke, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We were able to visit here in December. There are free tours but we just walked around by ourselves. Impressive.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Built in 1798 on land once owned by John Hancock, the first elected governor of the state, it is a National Historic Landmark recognized for it's architecture. It sits atop Beacon Hill across from Boston Common. The original wood dome leaked so Paul Revere's company covered it in copper in 1804 but it is now gilded in gold. It houses... More 

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Gerringong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

ths building is imposing from the outside and is a good mixture of workplace and tourist attraction inside. There are interesting displays with great historical significance.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Highly recommend touring the interior of this building. Impressive iron work railings. The golden exterior dome is something to behold as well.

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Staying in Downtown

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.