We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Massachusetts State House

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 24 Beacon St., Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02133-1099
Phone Number: 16177273676
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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Full Day Boston City Tour from New Hampshire
More Info
and up
Boston TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour
More Info
and up
Full Day City Tour of Boston and Cambridge

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 374 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 154
  • 92
    Very good
  • 26
  • 2
  • 1
halls of history and politics

This historic location and architecture is where JFK gave his speech 'A City On A Hill." The building borders the Boston Common.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
West Brookfield, Massachusetts
Add Photo Write a Review

374 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 275: English reviews
West Brookfield, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
72 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This historic location and architecture is where JFK gave his speech 'A City On A Hill." The building borders the Boston Common.

Thank BobbyP009
Salisbury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Cool marble halls, with a small display of historical artifacts. The flag hall displays the flags of cities and towns in Massachusetts, you can listen to the debate in the Senate room if they are in session.

Level Contributor
46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I were walking by the Massachusetts State House and had an hour to kill. We decided we would go into the MA State House and look around it. We entered, went through security, and started to explore. We made our way to the information desk and asked if someone could give us a tour. A young intern... More 

Thank Carley R
South Florida, Florida
Level Contributor
35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the small tour we were given. The interiors are really beautiful. Just the marble craftsmanship is worth seeing

Thank davidgU4582FV
Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On a road trip from the UK and have visited 10 Capitol state houses so far. Boston had got to feature in the top 3 of awful tours. Don't get me wrong the state house is pretty impressive,. We got a young history student that talked that quick we couldn't understand him and it was like he was reading from... More 

Thank jimandsilve j
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An amazing property with lots of History & photo opportunities We reached the Stare Housefrim one of the Hop on/off trolley buses. We were just in time for the tour which was really good. Also on the way out an interesting giftshop

Thank Sunny12323
Ipswich, MA
Level Contributor
91 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I went here with students, but it is great for anyone who wants to know more about the state house and its workings. Take a tour and be enlightened.

Thank KathyIpswich_MA
Level Contributor
89 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to learn about the history of the state and this is a place one must visit - for the history of Massachusettes and also for the architectural design of the interior. The building is quite spectacular with the gold leafed dome atop the Boston Commons once you walk through the park. You have to enter from the entrance... More 

Thank P L
West Columbia, South Carolina
Level Contributor
43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Doesn't take long to go through it. A single guide gave you a good general history. We spent maybe 30 minutes there.

Thank Faye C
StateHouseTours, Manager at Massachusetts State House, responded to this review

Hey Faye! I think this may have been a review meant for the Old State House. More 

Cuyahoga Falls
Level Contributor
62 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful building! We just walked in (through security) and looked around. They have free tours daily. We did not have time this visit, but if we get to come to Boston again, we will make it a priority.

Thank Shannon T

Travelers who viewed Massachusetts State House also viewed


Been to Massachusetts State House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Massachusetts State House and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Massachusetts State House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Downtown

Neighborhood Profile
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.