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Old State House, Boston

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The Old State House is a historic building in Boston, Massachusetts, at the intersection of Washington and State Streets. Built in 1713, it was the seat of the Massachusetts General Court until 1798, and is one of the oldest public buildings in the United States. One of the landmarks on Boston's Freedom Trail, it is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, and now serves as a history museum that, through 2019, was operated by the Bostonian Society. In 2020, the Bostonian Society and the Old South Association in Boston merged to form a new organization, Revolutionary Spaces, Inc. The Old State House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 1994.
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  • This is where the Boston Massacre happened. Bostonians threw sowballs and other items who were then fired upon by the British soldiers in front of the building. They were defended by future signer.....  more »
  • The Old State House is a museum with gift shop at the heart of old Boston, a stones throw from Faneuil Hall. The focus of the museum is Boston’s role in kicking off the American Revolution, a little.....  more »
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  • The Old State House was interesting, but not overly interesting. The exhibition space is rather small - and that is fine, but the astounding $10 for a student ticket is an overkill for what the House has to show on the inside. I understand that it is a historical house and a lot of funds are needed for its preservation. However, the exhibition was not that fascinating. A highlight of my visit was the free, 30-minute long performance of some historical meetings that took place in the House and in Philadelphia, that were significant in the American Revolution. I also enjoyed the interactive part of the kids-focused exhibition, where you could experience some of the different smells that were inspired by certain places and times in Boston.
  • Excellent displays on the start of the fight for liberty. Highlights have to be the talks that occur every 30 minutes during the day. If you use the Old Town Trolley tour, you get free entry to this site too. Highly recommended.

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