Calendar of Events
Old State House Tours
The Old State House was the political center of Revolutionary Boston and the first sparks of the American Revolution took place in or near this amazing building. Experience the power of the revolutionary ideas that were debated here and discover how the passionate voices of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, James Otis and others rang out from these halls and changed American history forever. (10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.)
Boston Massacre Tours
Explore the actual site of the Boston Massacre and discover what really happened on that cold March night in 1770, when an angry crowd surrounded British troops in front of the Old State House. In the end, five Bostonians were killed and The Bloody Massacre on King Street became the most infamous story in Revolutionary America. (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.)
Theme tour daily at 3:00 p.m. based on topics choosen and researched by our Education Associates. Call 617-720-1713, ext. 21 for details on the day's tour.
February School Vacation Week
Monday, February 15 through Friday, February 19, from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Visit the Old State House this February vacation to learn about Boston's colonial past! Young visitors can hunt for artifacts using the Old State House scavenger hunt or drop-in on one of our hands-on historical activities: Hear a story read aloud, fashion a coat of arms, create your own colonial portrait, design a broadside or make a paper lantern. Activities will be offered daily, Monday February 15- Friday February 19, from 11:00am-12:00pm. There is no registration required and all activities are free with admission. Kids 18 and under are FREE with adult admission to the Old Sate House. Below is the schedule:
MONDAY: Scavenger Hunt
TUESDAY: Colonial Portraits
WEDNESAY: Coat of Arms
FRIDAY: Colonial Broadsides
Fireside Chat: Prelude to the Boston Massacre
Saturday, February 27 from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. at The Fireplace Restaurant
Speak with Revolutionary Character John Rowe about the British occupation of Boston and sample delicious ciders at The Fireplace Restaurant in Brookline.
Boston Massacre Commemoration and Reenactment
Saturday, March 5
Join us for all day family-friendly activities and our signature reenactment at night.
Little Redcoats and Little Bostonians, interactive program for children
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Learn what life was like for Bostonians and British soldiers in Boston in the months leading up to the Boston Massacre. Free; at massacre marker in front the Old State House.
Trial of the Century, interactive program for all ages
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.Watch lawyers John Adams and Josiah Quincy defend the British soldiers accused of murdering Bostonians during the Boston Massacre. Audience members take on the roles of witnesses and jurors in this celebrated court case. Free with museum admission; in Representative Hall, Old State House.
(Space is limited; tickets for both performances available with museum admission at 9:00 a.m. at the Old State House Museum admissions desk.)
Boston Massacre Reenactment
Witness the Boston Massacre reenacted in front of the Old State House, in the very place where it took place March 5, 1770. Before the action unfolds, hear from patriots, loyalists, and moderates who will talk about the events and attitudes that led to that fateful night. Free; in front of the Old State House.
Reading of Blood on the Snow
Sunday, March 6, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Get a behind-the-scenes preview of our upcoming theater production, Blood on the Snow. Visit www.bloodonthesnow.com for more information.
Boston Massacre Orations
Wednesday, March 9 at Old South Meeting House
Remember the massacre victims with this recreation of historic orations at the Old South Meeting House.
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