On Protest in the Streets of Boston

By Nathaniel Sheidley, President & CEO The two city blocks connecting these national landmarks – Boston’s Old State House and Old South Meeting House – are hallowed ground for our American tradition of protest. On August 14, 1765, a crowd protesting the hated Stamp Act walked this same path.  They began at Liberty Tree, a great elm located at what is now the intersection of Essex and Washington Streets, where an effigy of Andrew Oliver (the official responsible for enforcement… Read more On Protest in the Streets of Boston

Transforming Rep Hall

At the end of 2019, as we geared up to change exhibits in Representatives Hall in the Old State House, we noticed a fair amount of cosmetic updates that needed to be made. We thought we were in for some paint touch-ups, minor plaster work, and a good cleaning. Once our preservation team took a closer look, we realized the issues we set out to fix were not superficial by any means, and extended beyond skin-deep. Our Facilities and Preservation… Read more Transforming Rep Hall

A performance of Cato & Dolly in Representatives Hall at the Old State House.

Cato & Dolly

JUN 17 – AUG 11, 2019 At the Old State House The names you never knew. The stories you’ll never forget. The original play Cato & Dolly offers a glimpse of everyday life inside the Hancock House through the eyes of those who lived there: Cato Hancock, an enslaved man serving the Hancock household, and Dolly Hancock, John Hancock’s wife and First Lady of Massachusetts. Blood on the Snow playwright Patrick Gabridge gives life to the Revolutionary-era figures whose lives… Read more Cato & Dolly

The Petition performing in the Council Chamber of the Old State House.

The Petition

AUG 12 – SEP 29, 2019 At the Old State House He stood by his countrymen, even if they would not stand by him. In Boston in 1774, the Sons of Liberty cry out for freedom from tyranny. But for the thousands of men, women, and children enslaved in Massachusetts, the words “liberty” and “freedom” have a very different meaning. Abolitionist and free black man Prince Hall knows that the people are hungry for change, but will the men in… Read more The Petition

Old State House

Old State House

Two-Site Admission Built in 1713, the Old State House was a seat of British power and site of the Boston Massacre. It became a point of origin for vital debates about self-government that sparked the Revolution. Today it serves as a museum where all people can come together to connect to our shared history. Learn more about the History of the Old State House. Directions & Parking   Hours & Admission   What’s On at the Old State House

The Old State House wrapped in scaffolding.

The Old State House: Treasure or Trouble

At the Old State House Grades: 3-8 Time: 45-60 minutes Group size: 15-30 children Price: $4.00 per student.  Includes admission for 1 adult per 10 students. Additional adults: $6.00 each Offered Monday – Friday only. Request a Reservation Preserving old buildings can be difficult and very expensive. So why do we save them?  Students will consider the importance of historic preservation and learn about the Old State House’s remarkable story of rescue from destruction. Photos from recent restoration projects will be… Read more The Old State House: Treasure or Trouble

Students participate in "You Be the Judge"

Boston Massacre: You Be the Judge

At the Old State House Grades: 5-12 Time: 90-120 minutes Group size: 15-30 children (minimum 15 students) Price: $6.00 per student.  Includes admission for 1 adult per 10 students. Additional adults: $6.00 each Offered Monday – Friday only. Request a Reservation Many questions remain unanswered about the incident that became known as the Boston Massacre.  Using material from the original trial records, students role-play the trial of the nine British soldiers involved in the shooting. Students will become lawyers, witnesses,… Read more Boston Massacre: You Be the Judge

Detail of Paul Revere's engraving of the Boston Massacre.

Witness to a Massacre

At the Old State House Grades: 5-12 Time: 45-60 minutes Group size: 10-30 children Price: $4.00 per student.  Includes admission for 1 adult per 10 students. Additional adults: $6.00 each Offered Monday – Friday only. Request a Reservation This program is designed to introduce students to the story of the Boston Massacre through primary source documents. Students will examine a newspaper article, eyewitness accounts of March 5th 1770, and Paul Revere’s famous engraving in small groups. A museum educator will… Read more Witness to a Massacre

Two teens visit the Old State House.

Self-Guided Visit to the Old State House

At the Old State House Grades: 1-12 Time: 30-45 minutes Price: $2.00 per student. Includes admission for 1 adult per 10 students. Additional adults: $5.00 each Request a Reservation Visit the building at the center of Revolutionary Boston! After an introduction from a museum educator, your group will explore the Old State House at its own pace, in a self-guided visit. Enjoy the Revolutionary Era artifacts and the historic chambers of the oldest public building in Boston. Don’t miss the… Read more Self-Guided Visit to the Old State House

A hanging light at the Old South Meeting House.

Exhibit Scavenger Hunts

Available Daily At the Old South Meeting House Included in the price of admission. Explore the history and unique architecture of Old South Meeting House with a scavenger hunt. Different versions are available for all ages from children to adults. Especially popular with families!