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“Small museum yet very informative”

Commonwealth Museum
Ranked #164 of 411 things to do in Boston
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Owner description: This library preserves historical and legal records of Massachusetts for its citizens. The museum offers formal exhibits showcasing its artifacts.
Reviewed July 21, 2014

I will start off by saying that if it were not for my wife picking up a brochure at the local library, I would have never known this place existed. Nearby UMass Boston and the JFK Presidential Library on Columbia Point in Boston, it is housed within the Massachusetts Archives. It has information on topics from the days of the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock to the Industrial Revolution and everything in between. It also houses a number of documents like the Charter to the Massachusetts Bay Colony , Declaration Of Independence as well as the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Definitely worth going to see, especially if you are someone who enjoys history. Another good thing about it is that it is free--both admission and parking. If you love history, despite its size, it is definitely worth checking out--it definitely has a lot of information to share.

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Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Small but packed full of infomation. Just a short stroll from the JFK library. Lots of interactive exibits woth pride if place going to origional copies of the declaration of independence and the original royal charter

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

A very small but worthwhile museum next to President Kennedy's library. The security guard was very enthusiastic and eager to share. The displays were nice. The rare, original founding documents were the best part.

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

This very small museum is good overall, but it is very small and very busy to the eye. The information on the walls is so dense and discrete that it is difficult to take in, but that is the trend in museums these days.

The best part is that it has five or six very old and important documents on display, particularly copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, as well as some MA documents (one from the early 1600s! Very cool).

It is "Very Good" because of these documents and because it is free and has free parking, but as a museum overall is average I would say.

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Reviewed December 24, 2012

Take time to visit when you go to the JFK Library and Museum. It's on the same free bus route and just a short walk across the parking lot. Excellent and friendly staff who'll give you a tour of the important documents (Declaration of Independence for one), show you the film, and give you a briefing on the great exhibits. You can also do genealogical research in their library. Free admission! Don't miss it.

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