Old State House

History Museum and Historic Site · Downtown Boston
206 Washington St (at State St), Boston, MA 02109, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
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    SupahFans S.
    "... state house reads The Declaration of Independence to locals & tourists."(5 Tips)
    "... Old State House is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, and..."(3 Tips)
    IWalked Audio Tours
    "Oldest public building in Boston."(2 Tips)
    Emma K.
    "Currently has the treaty of Paris on display."(2 Tips)
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  • Jeanie N.

    Good for a quick stop, but not too much to see

    Jeanie Nguyen · August 13
  • Jon D.

    Not really worth the price of admission. Unless you are a completist you can skip the museum.

    Jon Darveau · June 3
  • Rodrigo A.

    Cool landmark

    Rodrigo Artavia · April 11
  • Stephen B.

    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.

    Stephen Barresi · February 13
  • Mike M.

    Nice old pretty building. Site of some old school shenanigans.

    Mike M. · December 4, 2014
  • Jeffrey G.

    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.

    Jeffrey Giles · September 27, 2014
  • Raphael Armand

    Boring place zzz

    Raphael Armand · September 4, 2014
  • Raphael Armand

    Boring (I dislike)

    Raphael Armand · August 24, 2014
  • Mary S.

    Very cool historical landmark with golden statues

    Mary S · August 8, 2014
  • Albert V.

    Boston Revolutionary Museum

    Albert Vainshtein · June 6, 2014
  • Timothy T.

    It is majestic history at it's best.

    Timothy Tanner · April 4, 2014
  • Tom K.

    It's really super.

    Tom K. · January 10, 2014
  • SchoolandUniversity.com

    Oldest in the business I guess!! Read more

    SchoolandUniversity.com · October 23, 2013
  • Khairil A.

    Mau ke sana....

    Khairil Anwar · October 4, 2013
  • Carlos S

    The last of us best part of the game

    Carlos S · August 28, 2013
  • Terry C.

    really quick tour

    Terry C · August 8, 2013
  • Daud A.

    Summer 2013 only: see the Treaty of Paris of 1763. Only 3 coppies exist and none have been in North America before now! This is the Treaty that ended the French and Indian War.

    Daud Alzayer · June 18, 2013
  • Emma K.

    Currently has the treaty of Paris on display. One of only 3 copies in the world!

    Emma Kirkman · June 5, 2013
  • The Ritz-Carlton

    Let freedom ring: the Declaration of Independence was first revealed to Boston at the Old State House.

    The Ritz-Carlton · May 31, 2013
  • Sarah N.

    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. :)

    Sarah Neme Peyron · May 24, 2013
  • Santiago P.

    Pedestrians lights sounds like shooting. Pretty ironic.

    Santiago Petrone · May 20, 2013
  • Jackie K.

    The tours are great!

    Jackie K · April 29, 2013
  • Terrence

    hipsters say its cooler than the new state house

    Terrence · April 28, 2013
  • Nicolás F.

    This goes a foto of the NEW State House, but the way

    Nicolás Fuenzalida Plaza · October 21, 2012
  • Steven D.

    The "T" runs right under and exits here. Take the orange line to State stop.

    Steven D · October 18, 2012
  • Ubisoft

    Featured in Ubisoft video game Assassin’s Creed III. Built in 1713, the Old State House is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, and has borne witness to many vital events in US history.

    Ubisoft · September 27, 2012
  • Dani Y.

    Tours stop outside the hall frequently--see if you can't listen in!

    Dani Y · August 25, 2012
  • Jake S.

    The beautiful spiral staircase is NOT original to the building, but was added when OSH became Boston's City Hall. Snap a picture anyway!

    Jake Smith · August 24, 2012
  • Andrey K.

    Don't forger to get pictures from all sides of the building

    Andrey Kuznetsov · August 14, 2012
  • Ken H.

    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.

    Ken Huth · July 13, 2012
  • 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

    US National Archives · July 10, 2012
  • SupahFans S.

    Every July 4th Boston's original state house reads The Declaration of Independence to locals & tourists.

    SupahFans Streetwear · July 4, 2012
  • Paull Y.

    Any historical site involving the British getting their butts handed to them is worth visiting

    Paull Young · December 24, 2011
  • Joe J.

    If you're coming through to ride the State street T @5pm, get ready to wait ...

    Joe Joffe · November 29, 2011
  • IWalked Audio Tours

    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 · September 7, 2011
  • IWalked Audio Tours

    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

    IWalked Audio Tours · September 7, 2011
  • FutureM

    From 1771 to 1783, the city of Boston observed March 5th as a holiday, calling it “Massacre Day.”

    FutureM · August 8, 2011
  • Daud A.

    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.

    Daud Alzayer · August 7, 2011
  • Bill S.

    The Declaration of Independence was originally read from here. Cool.

    Bill Selak · August 6, 2011
  • JastaElf

    One of the coolest places in Boston, but h*ll to drive around! :)

    JastaElf · March 7, 2011
  • Jim H.

    Wonderful place to be married! Read more

    Jim Hood · July 9, 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.

    HISTORY · March 30, 2010

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