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Address: 24 Beacon St., Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02133-1099
Phone Number: +1 617-727-3676
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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We had just walked through the common and the gold dome of the state house caught our attention . Entry was free via the doors behind general hookers statue . You go through... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Brian K
Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had just walked through the common and the gold dome of the state house caught our attention . Entry was free via the doors behind general hookers statue . You go through security and then you can have a walk around . We had missed the start of the tour which was a pity I think our visit would... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have a free tour inside. It says it is 30-45 minutes long. I had that time so I joined a small group. The volunteer’s name is Paul. I am sure Paul takes pride at what he does. He was very professional. We were already past an hour and he didn’t seem to finish the talking with every little detail.... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed near the State House. The State House, which is located at one end of The Commons, is very impressive from the exterior. There are numerous tours throughout the day.

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is on a hill and part of the freedom trail. The building is well preserved and is just north of the Boston common park.

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I walked here from the Omni, a tour was scheduled in 30 minutes. All you have to do is sign up at the tour desk, it's free. I looked around until the tour started. We saw the House, the Senate, and found out lots of interesting facts. Paul Revere made the original dome in copper. The tour was excellent. There... More 

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Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were shown around with a family group by a lovely lady who tailored our tour according to our interests and questions. She listened carefully to the children's questions and showed them points of interest to them and us. We were led through the various rooms and given a marvellous free tour even though both chambers were in session. We... More 

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Northampton, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite being overseas tourists, we found the guide to be both engaging and informative about the history and current use of the building. He pitched the information in such a way that we didn't feel overwhelmed by American constitutional and historical arcana. We were especially impressed by the physical accessibility of the building to the public - only one brief... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We arrived too late for the guided tour and so took the self guided tour. Entry is free. After security go to the second floor for a map. you can wander most of the major rooms except the Governors office. Will certainly try to go on one of the guided tours another time.

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

You can wander around this peaceful place st your own pace and enjoy the rich history, beautiful marble and grand chambers.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed an hour long free tour of the state house, which allows you to get up close to pretty much everywhere except inside the Governor's office! Worth a visit, especially on a rainy day.

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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.
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