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Massachusetts State House

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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.

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Very Beautiful Inside

The Massachusetts State House is worth visiting. It is very beautiful inside with wonderful art and great stone work. The official guards at the door were generally very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Massachusetts State House is worth visiting. It is very beautiful inside with wonderful art and great stone work. The official guards at the door were generally very pleasant. When I asked about taking in my knives and pepper spray I was told that they would hold them for me while I toured. The one guard (older guy) seemed a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The State House is located across the road from Boston Common, the impressive gold dome really stands out. Architectural beauty and history surrounds you. You have to go through security first and entrance is free. You can take a tour which all in all is about 45 minutes or wander round yourself. A nice place to visit for History Buffs.

Thank Manuela D
Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We actually stayed at an apartment with a rooftop view right next to the State House and took so many amazing pictures of the building before ever stepping foot inside - and let me tell you, it's even prettier on the inside! We did a self-guided tour that the State House provides (a sheet of paper with brief descriptions of... More 

Thank Kristen F
Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just walked by and listened in on one of the tour groups. Did not go inside. Part of Massachusetts' history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very attractive building. The tour is a good combination of architecture/art and the history of Massachusetts, and our guide was excellent. As Brits some of the history was vaguely recalled (from the “losing” perspective!) but it wasn’t all about 1776, and it was interesting to see how significant Massachusetts politicians’ influence has been on US politics more generally. NB... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a spectacular building viewed from the outside but inside it is simply amazing. Guided tours of the building are free and last up to an hour and a half. To get the most out of your visit a guided tour is essential, It enables you to understand and appreciate the history of the place and you are taken... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the State house on the morning of our last day in Boston, the first tour of the day. We were shown around by Paul who was very welcoming and definitely knows all about the history and functions of the place. The tour overran a little but I suspect that's because we kept asking questions. It was good that... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a stop on the Freedom Trail. The State House is beautiful from the outside and I hear it's even more impressive on the inside. Unfortunately, I didn't know you could call ahead for a free guided tour. Let our loss, be your gain. If you plan on going here, the information for free guided tours is as follows:... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding and free but even if they charged it would be worth it. Tremendous architectural beauty and history screaming from the walls. Tours run every 30 min or you can simply walk around the 3 floors and soak it all up. Not to be missed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an interesting building to see from outside, and just on the edge of Boston Common. The golden roof is impressive, especially when shining in the sunlight.

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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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