School Programs: 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.

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, and jurors to explore this complex and at times contradictory historical event.  Did the soldiers commit murder or did they fire in self-defense? After all the evidence is heard, students deliberate to reach their own verdict. Requires pre-visit work; materials will be provided when your visit is booked.


School Program FAQs

All groups must make reservations in advance.

Reservation requests should be made at least three weeks in advance. Groups of ten or more that arrive at the door without advance reservations may be turned away if the museums are too crowded to accommodate them. If they can be admitted, they must pay full admission fees rather than the reduced group rate.

Notification of cancellation must occur at least 24 hours in advance.
Groups larger than 30 students cannot be admitted to the Old State House at one time.

Large groups must be divided into groups of 25-30 students and enter the museum at least 30 minutes apart. Old South Meeting House can easily accommodate groups up to 75 people.

School groups must have at least one adult chaperone for every ten students.

Groups that arrive without enough chaperones will not be admitted to either museum. Chaperones must remain with students at all times and actively supervise the visit. One adult for every ten students will be included in the price. There will be a fee for additional adults.

The museums are not able to accommodate groups on the following days:
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4
  • Free Fun Friday (TBA)
  • Labor Day
  • The annual reenactment of the Boston Massacre (first Saturday in March)

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