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Make one remarkable discovery after another at the Museum of Science! Visit more than 700 interactive exhibits; watch a large-format film in the Mugar Omni Theater, zoom through space in the newly renovated Charles Hayden Planetarium, experience an indoor lightning storm in the Theater of Electricity; and much more!

1 Science Park
Boston,
MA
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18 Phillips St
Boston,
MA
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55 Beacon St
Boston,
MA
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Historic New England focuses its efforts on the preservation of the region's architecture, landscapes, and other histori-cultural entities. Currently, the organization owns and operates 36 historical sites throughout Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island—20 of which are located in the Bay State. Join Historic New England's time-trapping cause with a contributing membership and you'll receive a Beauport-Sleeper-McCann House’s worth of benefits, including:

141 Cambridge St
Boston,
MA
US

10 1/2 Beacon St
Boston,
MA
US

_". . . then and there the child Independence was born."_ ?John Adams, after hearing James Otis argue against the _Writs of Assistance_ at the Old State House in 1761

The Old State House is a history book of a building. Within its walls, American revolutionaries gave birth to a new nation. RevolutionaryBoston?the museum that now occupies the building?tells their stories.


Museum Overview

Tours (Held Every 30 Minutes)

  • Old State House Tour: Relive the first days of the American Revolution
  • Boston Massacre Tour: Learn about the events leading to this tragedy and explore the actual site
  • Daily-Changing Tours: Delve into special topics such as revolutionary women and the politics of fashion

Artifacts

  • John Hancock?s red velvet coat
  • Tea salvaged from the Boston Tea Party
  • Muskets from the Revolutionary War

Other Things to Do

  • Visit the newly-restored 1764 Council Chamber and the Royal Governor?s Chair

Historical Timeline

  • 1713: Old State House is built
  • 1770: The Boston Massacre occurs outside the building
  • 1776:The Declaration of Independence is read from the balcony
  • 1780?1798: It becomes the first Massachusetts State House
  • 1798?1881: A bunch of other stuff happens
  • 1881: The Bostonian Society is founded to preserve the building

Boston's Freedom Trail

The Old State House occupies a spot along Boston's Freedom Trail: Two-and-a-half miles dotted with 16 different historical sites. Follow the brick-lined path to other destinations, such as the USS Constitution in the Boston Navy Yard.

206 Washington Street
Boston,
MA
US