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Old State House

Historic Site and History Museum
Downtown Boston, Boston
  • SupahFans S.
    "... state house reads The Declaration of Independence to locals & tourists."(5 Tips)
    Ken H.
    "One of the nicest gift shops on the Freedom Trail."(2 Tips)
    IWalked Audio Tours
    "Oldest public building in Boston."(2 Tips)
    Nicolás F.
    "This goes a foto of the NEW State House, but the way"(2 Tips)
49 Tips and reviews
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  • Biz T.
    Amazingly historic
  • Good S.
    I did this as part of the freedom Trail, great walking tour, impressive building.
  • Matt P.
    Matt PetersonFebruary 20
    And right in front of it is the circle with the location of the Boston massacre.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HuieNovember 10, 2016
    A building with a lot of history, and the oldest standing public building in Boston. It is now a subway station.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BaronMay 22, 2016
    The self guided tour is okay. Buy the 3 building pass and save some $.
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TJanuary 19, 2016
    Very cool, also the site of the Boston Massacre. Now a subway station, which is kind of funny.
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJanuary 8, 2016
    Oldest public building in Boston. Site of the Boston massacre.
  • Taylor M.
    Taylor MarshNovember 29, 2015
    photos, tourists, history
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiOctober 15, 2015
    Love how they turned this into a T stop
  • Jeanie N.
    Jeanie NguyenAugust 13, 2015
    Good for a quick stop, but not too much to see
  • Jon D.
    Jon DarveauJune 3, 2015
    Not really worth the price of admission. Unless you are a completist you can skip the museum.
  • Rodrigo A.
    Rodrigo ArtaviaApril 11, 2015
    Cool landmark
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BarresiFebruary 13, 2015
    The lion and unicorn statues that adorn the top of the building were taken down and restored in 2014, when it was a discovered a time capsule was hidden within the lion.
  • Mike M.
    Mike M.December 4, 2014
    Nice old pretty building. Site of some old school shenanigans.
    Upvoted Jun 2
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GilesSeptember 27, 2014
    Pretty cool. They were just renovating this place and found out there was a time capsule in the gold lion as they were taking it down.
  • Raphael Armand
    Raphael ArmandSeptember 4, 2014
    Boring place zzz
  • Raphael Armand
    Raphael ArmandAugust 24, 2014
    Boring (I dislike)
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 8, 2014
    Very cool historical landmark with golden statues
  • Albert V.
    Albert VainshteinJune 6, 2014
    Boston Revolutionary Museum
  • Timothy T.
    Timothy TannerApril 4, 2014
    It is majestic history at it's best.
  • Tom K.
    Tom K.January 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    It's really super.
    SchoolandUniversity.comOctober 23, 2013
    Oldest in the business I guess!! Read more
  • Carlos S
    Carlos SAugust 28, 2013
    The last of us best part of the game
  • Terry C.
    Terry CAugust 8, 2013
    really quick tour
  • Emma K.
    Emma KirkmanJune 5, 2013
    Currently has the treaty of Paris on display. One of only 3 copies in the world!
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMay 31, 2013
    Let freedom ring: the Declaration of Independence was first revealed to Boston at the Old State House.
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah Neme PeyronMay 24, 2013
    I came with the idea that I will see a basic museum but it's not! It's a really good museum! For adults, teenagers and children! Come at lunch time because it small so you'll have more space. :)
  • Santiago P.
    Santiago PetroneMay 20, 2013
    Pedestrians lights sounds like shooting. Pretty ironic.
  • Jackie K.
    Jackie KApril 29, 2013
    The tours are great!
  • Terrence
    TerrenceApril 28, 2013
    hipsters say its cooler than the new state house
  • Nicolás F.
    This goes a foto of the NEW State House, but the way
  • Steven D.
    Steven DOctober 18, 2012
    The "T" runs right under and exits here. Take the orange line to State stop.
  • Dani Y.
    Dani YAugust 25, 2012
    Tours stop outside the hall frequently--see if you can't listen in!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 24, 2012
    The beautiful spiral staircase is NOT original to the building, but was added when OSH became Boston's City Hall. Snap a picture anyway!
  • Andrey K.
    Andrey KuznetsovAugust 14, 2012
    Don't forger to get pictures from all sides of the building
  • Ken H.
    Ken HuthJuly 13, 2012
    One of the nicest gift shops on the Freedom Trail. Lovely historic Boston mugs. They now assign you a Revolutionary character on your pass, which is fun.
  • US National Archives
    Reading of the Declaration of Independence from the East balcony of the Old State House in Boston on July 18, 1776. Readings were often accompanied by celebrations and the firings of muskets. Read more
  • SupahFans S.
    Every July 4th Boston's original state house reads The Declaration of Independence to locals & tourists.
  • Paull Y.
    Paull YoungDecember 24, 2011
    Any historical site involving the British getting their butts handed to them is worth visiting
  • Joe J.
    Joe JoffeNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're coming through to ride the State street T @5pm, get ready to wait ...
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 7, 2011
    Site of Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. Now solely marked via a ring of cobblestones in a small traffic island on east side of building. (Beware traffic!) More info on this incident via our blog Read more
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 7, 2011
    Oldest public building in Boston. Built 1813. Once tallest building in city. Now a museum w/subway station below. Chicago almost purchased building in 1882 and moved it there. More info via our blog Read more
  • FutureM
    FutureMAugust 8, 2011
    From 1771 to 1783, the city of Boston observed March 5th as a holiday, calling it “Massacre Day.”
  • Daud A.
    Daud AlzayerAugust 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Among the most important places in American history. Where Adams, Hancock, Otis, and others first challenged British authority. And laid the foundations for American government and independence.
  • Bill S.
    Bill SelakAugust 6, 2011
    The Declaration of Independence was originally read from here. Cool.
  • JastaElf
    JastaElfMarch 7, 2011
    One of the coolest places in Boston, but h*ll to drive around! :)
  • Jim H.
    Jim HoodJuly 9, 2010
    Wonderful place to be married! Read more
    HISTORYMarch 30, 2010
    Just outside the building, five men were among the first casualties in the Boston Massacre. The Declaration of Independence was proclaimed from the balcony in 1776.
    Upvoted Jun 23
  • Khairil A.
    Khairil AnwarOctober 4, 2013
    Mau ke sana....
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