The Main Hall at Old South

Open Daily

At the Old South Meeting House

Entrance is included in the price of admission.

If these walls could speak

Built in 1729 as a Puritan house of worship, the Old South Meeting House was the largest building in colonial Boston. From outraged protests over the Boston Massacre to the night when Samuel Adams gave the secret signal to throw 340 crates of tea into Boston Harbor, colonists assembled at the meeting house to challenge British rule. Old South Meeting House was also the spiritual home of Phillis Wheatley, the first African American woman to publish a book of poetry. Access special exhibit content from your smartphone or other device! “If these walls could speak” audio program lets you listen in on key moments from the past – the Boston Tea Party debates, British officers riding horses inside the meeting house, the Great Boston Fire of 1872 and more! Download a free QR code reader app before your visit for your iPhone or Apple device or Android device.

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  • The Main Hall at Old South
    The Main Hall at Old South
    The largest meeting space colonial Boston, this room was host to thousands of people leading to the Boston Tea Party, and has been a steadfast haven for free speech for almost three centuries.
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  • Voices of Protest
    Voices of Protest
    Discover compelling people who made a difference at Old South Meeting House and the history of protest and free speech that continues to this day.
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