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Old State House, Boston

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The Old State House is a historic building in Boston, Massachusetts. Built in 1713, it was the seat of the Massachusetts General Court until 1798. It is located at the intersection of Washington and State Streets, and is one of the oldest public buildings in the United States.
One of the landmarks on Boston's Freedom Trail, it is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, and now serves as a history museum that, through 2019, was operated by the Bostonian Society. On January 1, 2020, the Bostonian Society merged with the Old South Association in Boston to form Revolutionary Spaces. The Old State House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 1994.
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  • There is something about being in an old building such as the Old State House. It is very interesting going in all the different rooms and seeing/reading about events that took place during that time....  more
    There is something about being in an old building such as the Old State House. It is very interesting going in all the different rooms and seeing/reading about events that took place during that time....  more »
  • a great site and very historical. this cithy had done great with keeping the historical sites. son loved this 
    a great site and very historical. this cithy had done great with keeping the historical sites. son loved this  more »
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  • When approaching this colonial style house it catches your eye standing so small but elegant around central Boston high rises. It was where the Boston massacre happened and later it became the first State house (the New is the golden domed one by the Boston Common park). Today it houses a small, but informative museum with a reasonable fee which also includes access to Old south meeting house close by.
  • Took the Boston Massacre tour with Louise as my guide. She did an excellent job. She was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. The tour lasted for 1.5 hours and it covers the old State House and old South meeting place. It was $22 and you stand and walk the whole time, so keep that in mind. You can visit without taking the tour and pay less, but the tour is worth it.

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