Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts State House, Boston

Massachusetts State House
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
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Designed in 1798 by renowned architect Charles Bulfinch, the historic building is dominated by a magnificent gold dome.
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Adam T
York, UK675 contributions
Got to see the Senate in action
Sep 2019
We had a funny if rather unorthodox guide round the state house - he was entertaining but didn’t know answers to many of the groups questions, and he highlighted many things only to say they weren’t interesting. Still, we enjoyed the tour and the best part was we managed to visit the senate in session and see a bill pass which was awesome. Our visit was around an hour long, but this was longer due to us watching the senate for a while. Also we had booked over the phone for a tour, but got the impression on arrival that this really didn’t matter and we could just have turned up, despite the website saying it was reservation only.
Written August 15, 2020
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packerbeer
114 contributions
Not bad walk by
Jul 2020
Being this was closed due to covid you could still walk by. The side walk was blocked with some sort of protesters so you ended up walking a short distance on the street. That gold dome you cant miss as you are walking by. Be careful though as around the corner walking down to the gravestones of Paul Revere and so on, you have some folks that are down on their luck, so guard up when you are around this area as well as it is just around the corner.
Written August 2, 2020
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Jmhuskie
Cherry Valley, Illinois17 contributions
Boston trip!
Jan 2020
Beautiful capitol building. Loved the Revolutionary War artwork around the inside of the building. Beautiful on the outside too!
Written May 17, 2020
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kaufmansn
Bedford, TX352 contributions
Lots of history!
Mar 2020
We almost didn't go in....and then were really glad we did! We were too early for the tour, but we picked up a self tour guide and it was great. People were helpful, and the building is gorgeous. I'm so glad we went in!
Written March 19, 2020
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Hawks2theSuperBowl
Seattle, WA228 contributions
Interesting
May 2019
We didn't take a tour of the State House and instead just briefly stopped in, but we found it to be really interesting and informative nonetheless.
(5/2018)
Written March 3, 2020
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SMJMurphy
Southport, UK7 contributions
Wonderful tour
Feb 2020
We visited on a Monday and had a fab tour given by a wonderful woman volunteer, a retired teacher who was interesting; informative and funny. Very historic and put Boston in context for me.
Written February 24, 2020
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HappyItMan
Reykjavik, Iceland83 contributions
Interesting historical place to visit
Feb 2020
A worth while visit to learn that Massachuses has only had one female govener from the begin, beutyful interior and architecture.
Written February 16, 2020
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bev
12 contributions
so much history
Jan 2020
Had a very informative tour here,well worth a visit, unfortunately a couple of rooms were closed to us but still very worth visiting
Written January 24, 2020
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Denise S
Raynham, MA68 contributions
Beautiful State House
Dec 2019
Wonderful tour; not to be missed! You will learn about the history, architecture and building of the State House including little known details. In addition you will learn details about statues and portraits displayed. If the House and/or Senate are not in session, you will be able to visit the chambers. Also, you will learn about the pine cone and the cod fish! As noted, visits to the State House are weekdays only and tours are free. Make reservations if you want a guided tour. You can take a self-guided tour also.
Written January 19, 2020
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BeachStone2C
Helsinki, Finland2,771 contributions
Interesting tours
Jan 2020 • Solo
The golden Dome of State House can be seen miles away. State House is located next to Boston Commons at the top of Park street. It is open only on weekdays. The tour gives good information about the architecture and full history of the house. Time well spent, duration less than an hour.
Written January 13, 2020
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