Old State House

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

 

Old State House

206 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02109

617-720-1713

Google Maps

The entrance to the Old State House is located on the south side of the building, facing the pedestrian walkway, just a few steps off of the red brick line of the Freedom Trail.


  • Orange / Blue Line to State Street (Stations located beneath the Old State House and Old South Meeting House)
  • Green Line to Government Center (The Old State House is one block south down Court Street)
  • Red Line to Downtown Crossing (Follow Washington Street east several blocks)
There are several parking garages in the vicinity of the Old State House and Old South Meeting House. A few recommendations:
  • Post Office Square Garage
    Zero Post Office Square
    Boston, MA 02109
    617-423-1430
    posquare.com
  • Pi Alley Garage
    275 Washington Street
    Boston, MA 02201
    617-720-2006
    pialleygarage.com
  • 75 State Street Garage
    75 State Street
    Boston, MA 02109
    617-742-7275
    75statestreetgarage.com


Hours & Admission

 

Thursday - Sunday
10 am - 4pm

Admission to the Old State House only is not currently available as we carefully monitor occupancy . Please see the Two-Site Admission to visit the Old State House.
  • Adults $12
  • Seniors (62+) $10
  • Students $10
  • Children (under 12) $5
  • Members FREE
For more information on memberships, please visit our Become a Member page. *Does not apply to groups of 10 or more.

  • Adults $15
  • Seniors (62+) $14
  • Students $14
  • Children (under 12) $8
  • Members FREE

For more information on memberships, please visit our Become a Member page.

*Does not apply to groups of 10 or more.


For information about field trips and student groups, visit School Programs. To reserve tickets for a group, fill out a Group Reservation Request Form.
Revolutionary Spaces is proud to provide FREE admission to the following groups:
  • US Military and Veterans (Blue Star Museums)
  • Massachusetts Teachers
  • EBT cardholders


Old State House FAQs

Photos without flash are permitted inside the Old State House. Excess light can damage some of the artifacts on display. If you are interested in filming or more involved photography, please contact communications@revolutionaryspaces.org.
  • Is the Old State House wheelchair accessible? No, unfortunately the site is currently not accessible. Although the building is exempt from ADA regulations as a National Historic Landmark, Revolutionary Spaces has prepared plans to install handicap ramps and lift. In the meantime, please be aware that there are many stairs in the building.

  • How many floors/stairs are there inside? The galleries are located on the first and second floor with restrooms and preservation information in the basement rotunda. There are 6 steps to enter the building and approximately 30-40 stairs in the main interior spiral staircase.

  • Do you have an elevator? At this time, the only way to access the different levels of the building is the spiral staircase in the rotunda. The first floor galleries are accessible with encountering limited amount of stairs.

  • Is my dog allowed inside? Dogs are allowed inside the gift shop, but ONLY service animals are allowed inside the museum. Service animals should be vested.

  • Do you have an audio tour? Our galleries are designed to be self-guided, with information on the walls. We do not have audio tours at the moment.

  • Do you have restrooms? Restrooms are for museum ticket holders only. Excepting an absolute emergency, someone must have a ticket in order to access the restrooms. They are located down the spiral staircase in the bottom rotunda. Closest public bathroom is at Faneuil Hall. We do not have baby changing tables available.

  • Can I go out onto the balcony? The balcony is not open to the public.

  • Can I go up to the tower? The tower is not open to the public.

  • Do you have restrooms? Restrooms are for museum ticket holders only. Excepting an absolute emergency, someone must have a ticket in order to access the restrooms. They are located down the spiral staircase in the bottom rotunda. Closest public bathroom is at Faneuil Hall. We do not have baby changing tables available.

  • Can I bring a stroller into the museum? Visitors may bring strollers into the reception area and museum shop, but they may not be taken into the museum galleries. Strollers can be conveniently checked at the front desk and baggage claim area.

  • Can I bring my backpack, luggage, baby carrier, or shopping bags into the museum galleries? All large bags, large umbrellas, back baby carriers, hiking packs, and luggage must be checked in the baggage claim area at the front desk.

  • Can I bring food into the museum? Food is not permitted in the museum galleries.

  • I heard you have _______ in your collections? Our current exhibits deal with the role of Boston during the American Revolution and the preservation of historic buildings and the stories that are remembered. Our exhibits are rotated routinely and we may not have what you are looking for currently on display.

  • Can I drop off an object to donate to Revolutionary Spaces? No, the museum and library cannot accept unsolicited donations in person or through the mail without prior approval by staff and we reserve the right to dispose of unsolicited items. Please contact our staff before sending a donation or with any questions.

  • Why are many of the items on display replicas? Many of the items in our collection are photosensitive and can be damaged by continued exposure to light. The originals are kept in secure storage while replicas are on display. The originals may be displayed to the public again in limited capacity in the future.

  • Where is the Visitors Center? The National Parks Visitors Center has moved to the first floor in Faneuil Hall across the street. There is also a Visitors Center located at the start of the Freedom Trail at the Boston Common.

  • Where is Faneuil Hall? Faneuil Hall is the next stop on the Freedom Trail heading towards the north part of the trail. It can be seen outside the windows-the brick building with white trim, circular windows and triangular roof. If they follow the Freedom Trail to the left as they exit the building, the next site will be Faneuil Hall.

  • What is the Freedom Trail? The Old State House is centrally located on Boston’s Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile long walking route marked by a red line on the sidewalks and streets that connects Revolutionary-era historic sites throughout the city. The red line begins at the Boston Common. For more information about the Freedom Trail visit thefreedomtrail.org.

  • Where is the Freedom Trail? The Freedom Trail is the red brick line on the ground outside of the building. Turning right out of the entrance of the Old State House will take you to the Boston Common starting point. Turning left will take you towards the Bunker Hill Monument starting point.

  • Where is the Massacre site? The Boston Massacre site is located on the east side of the building by Congress Street. It is marked by a circle of stones with a star in the center. It is also visible through the windows facing Congress Street in the gift shop.


What’s On at the Old State House

Reflecting Attucks
Reflecting Attucks

New exhibit now through March 2021 at the Old State House.

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Old State House Gallery Talk
Old State House Gallery Talk
Offered Daily

The Old State House has witnessed and been part of the evolution of America for more than 300 years.

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Boston Massacre Gallery Talk
Boston Massacre Gallery Talk
Offered Daily

Discover how one night in March of 1770 ignited the Revolutionary flame in the people of Boston and beyond.

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Colony to Commonwealth
Colony to Commonwealth

Trace the Revolutionary story of Massachusetts as the birth of America unfolds around you through rare artifacts and interactive displays.

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Hands-On History
Hands-On History

For young visitors and the young at heart, there's no better way to understand history than to reach out and touch it at the Old State House.

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Boston Massacre Multimedia Presentation
Boston Massacre Multimedia Presentation

This light and audio show at the Old State House presents the personal perspective on the Massacre and its aftermath.

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Council Chamber at the Old State House
Council Chamber at the Old State House

Sit in the seat of the British Empire's colonial power and be transported to the birth of American Independence.

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Virtual Talks
Virtual Talks

Watch videos of our Education Associates giving virtual talks on the people and stories that have shaped the ongoing American Revolution.

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Virtual Events
Virtual Events

From readings to community conversations to performances, check out these virtual events that foster revolutionary spaces anywhere you go.

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