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Old State House, Boston

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Government Building · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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 until January 2020. 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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  • This was very enjoyable. We got to talk to the docent for a while. Very knowledgeable, although I was able to teach him one tidbit of information that I'd learned in Jamestown of which he wasn't...  more »
  • Although this small museum lacks the multimedia of other sites, it still has a wealth of information and one is at the site of the Boston Massacre. A must for history fans, for others, a photo op...  more »
  • The Old State House was interesting, but not overly interesting. The exhibition space is rather small - and that is fine, but the astounding $10 for a student ticket is an overkill for what the House has to show on the inside. I understand that it is a historical house and a lot of funds are needed for its preservation. However, the exhibition was not that fascinating. A highlight of my visit was the free, 30-minute long performance of some historical meetings that took place in the House and in Philadelphia, that were significant in the American Revolution. I also enjoyed the interactive part of the kids-focused exhibition, where you could experience some of the different smells that were inspired by certain places and times in Boston.
  • Excellent displays on the start of the fight for liberty. Highlights have to be the talks that occur every 30 minutes during the day. If you use the Old Town Trolley tour, you get free entry to this site too. Highly recommended.

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