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“Gorgeous gold dome, beautiful inside and out!”

Massachusetts State House
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Boston's Freedom Trail 5K Run
Ranked #36 of 392 things to do in Boston
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Designed in 1798 by renowned architect Charles Bulfinch, the historic building is dominated by a magnificent gold dome.
Los Angeles, California
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“Gorgeous gold dome, beautiful inside and out!”
Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

Took a tour through their tour office. Guide was a college student. Whole staff of guides seemed like they'd rather have been somewhere else-they were checking their smartphones and gossiping until nearly 10 minutes after the tour was scheduled to start. Once we began we enjoyed seeing the Governor's office, Speaker's office, both houses (including the Sacred Cod), and the Supreme Court. Very beautiful building. Could be a great tour if they challenged and monitored their student guides better.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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“The Massachusetts State House”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

It is located near Boston Common and has a beautiful gold dome. The interior has historical character with paintings of American Revolutionary times on the walls. The staircase to enter the building is somewhat steep.

Visited December 2011
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“Politics was never so interesting”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

The tour took us through the State House giving a background into the emergence of the Boston City state and the mechanism of operating from origin to the present day. The tour guide, "Miss Mary", was very knowledgeable and aware of the audience and was able to keep the group together and enjoying the tour as we were shown the building almost in its entirety including the current chambers where all the decisions are made. Excellent upkeep meant the building was great to look at and walk through and a very enjoyable hour was spent here.

Visited October 2012
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N. Easton, MA
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“Architecture and Gold Roof the Best Aspects”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Inside, it is just a rather typical building, but the exterior is worth photographing. It should be a part of your Freedom Trail Boston exploration.

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“When you are in Boston don't miss the State House”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you are a photograher come early in the morning and hope for sunny skies. The interior of the State House is beautiful with its yellow orange marble and tile floors. House and Senate chambers are stunning. Senate chamber is unique of all the states because it is in the round.
Be sure to look up in the rotunda to see the original 13 State Seals represented in stained glass.
My only gripe here is that they have chosen to hide the replica Liberty Bell on the second floor veranda in the front of the building where it can hardly be seen. This refects poorly on a state that was one of the founders. Bell should be displayed inside or outside in a prominent location like all the other states do. Self guided brochure is available at tour desk. House and Senate chambers open to self guided tours. Most convenient parking is in the underground Boston Common Parking Garage.

Visited June 2012
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