Witness to a Massacre – Revolutionary Spaces

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.

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 guide students through the story of the Boston Massacre and will lead a discussion about using primary source documents to learn about the past and make connections to the 21st century.

Pre-visit materials will be provided at the time your visit is booked.  For a more in-depth program on the Boston Massacre, please see The Boston Massacre: You Be the Judge!


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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