Council Chamber at Old State

Open Daily

At the Old State House

Entrance is included in the price of admission.

Seat of the British Empire

Pass through these doors and you are transported to the birth of American independence. The Council Chamber, where the Royal Governor of Massachusetts met with members of his Council, was a nerve center for the British Empire in North America, and a direct link between Bostonians and the Crown. Today furnished with meticulous reproductions and interactive displays, visitors experience this room as it appeared more than 250 years ago. Sit in the Royal Governor’s chair, thumb through reproduction documents on display at the Council table, and explore how culture, commerce, and ideas combined to define a distinctly “British” Boston just prior to the American Revolution. Once an exclusive space for the most powerful men in Massachusetts, now all are invited to connect to our nation’s history.


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