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“Wait for the free guided tour” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02114 (Beacon Hill)
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Ranked #55 of 430 things to do in Boston
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Designed in 1798 by renowned architect Charles Bulfinch, the historic building is dominated by a magnificent gold dome.
California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Wait for the free guided tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

When we first arrived we were told there was no guide for us, so we started wandering around using the provided printed materials. Then a volunteer guide unexpectedly showed up. There is a world of difference between the two experiences. The tours are free and worth the wait.

Visited May 2013
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Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“stunning building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is a must! We would have done the official tour if the timings worked, but as the next tour was over an hour's wait we decided to do a self-tour. There wasn't a session taking place so we got to see the House Chamber in all its splendour. The most beautiful room, steeped in history. The security guard gave us a great insight into the history, he really couldn't have been more helpful (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum guards take note!) We were led to believe that the Senate was in session so were hoping to see a debate, but unfortunately they had finished. We started to leave and got talking to a lady who very kindly got us passed security for a sneak peek into the Senate room which was so very kind of her.

Visited April 2013
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Ligonier PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Architecture as Art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Beautifully sited on Beacon Hill, this building is one of the most gorgeous in the U.S., blending Palladian and Federal styles. From the exterior, it sits atop Boston Common and commands a view of the park and the city. The interior is loaded with art works, murals, stained glass, marble and high ceilings. A very grand place.

Visited March 2013
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Boise, Idaho ~ Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Right off the Freedom Trail”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

You can tell that this state house gets a lot of use as the floors seem kind of run down. We went in the General Hooker (great name) entrance and had to go through a quick security gate. We winded our way down a couple of halls and find an exhibit area/gift shop area. There wasn't really clear signs as to how to get there, so in other words we stumbled upon it. The exhibit did have a free brochure with info for the freedom trail so I thought that was helpful and a great way to save $3 (that's how much a similar version costs at the visitor center in Boston Commons). After that exhibit area we walked to where the dome area was and that area was gorgeous and worth trying to find if you do go. Loved some of the details in this place and can be fun to wander around in.

Visited April 2013
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Boston
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“Where the Freeedom Trail begins... a must see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

From the gold dome, to the intricate woodcarvings and paneling, this State Capitol building is beautiful, as well as being a substantial piece of history.

Visited August 2012
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