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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 #33 of 213 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

If you get here during a weekday, make sure to go inside and take a tour to learn about the State House and its history. Tours are given by young individuals and last about an hour - totally worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The exterior is amazing, but the inside will take probably two day visits and a tour guided to really see and understand every. The art the history the values expressed in the hallways is just amazing.

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Burlington, Massachusetts
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

One of the best free tours in Boston. Places not to be missed are the Hall of Flags, the Nurses Memorial, Memorial Hall and the grand marble staircase and stained glass window.

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

You can wander around the inside and appreciate the architecture and learn about the history of government in Mass. Very interesting.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The Great Hall of Flags and the Memorial Hall convey a real sense of the history of the city and the State. Well worth a visit.

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

While we only saw this building from the outside, there really is too much to see and do in Boston in a short holiday, the golden dome glinting in the sunlight was an impressive sight.

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Niceville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I had originally planned on viewing the building from the outside while continuing on my walk on the Freedom Trail, but entered on a whim to take a look. I am so glad that I did! So much beauty and history. The tour is very informative and entertaining - well worth the time.

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This was a very informative and interesting tour - it was one of the more interesting things we saw in Boston.

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I realize they have many tourists to get through the building every day, however, the tour was extremely rush. We practically sprinted from room to room and our tour guide would start talking before everyone had gathered in the next space. There was no time for questions and when one tourist interrupted and asked a question, our guide did not... More

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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