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Daily Events at the Old State House

All Tours Free with Old State House Admission

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., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 5:00 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., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.)

Revolutionary Characters Live!
Travel back to the 18th-century to meet real people, famous and not so famous, who will share what it was like to live in Boston in the exciting days leading up to the American Revolution. (11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.)

Theme Tour
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.


Check out Revolutionary Boston at the Old State House to learn more and plan your visit!


Upcoming Events:

Pub Quiz

At the Old State House, sponsored by Sam Adams Brewery
Thursday, July 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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Savor the revolutionary taste of Sam Adams beer while you match wits with patriots and loyalists alike. Participate in a game of independence themed pub trivia drawn from colonial and early American history. Everyone is welcome - nerds, novices, and beer drinkers all! Come in teams ready to do battle or make new friends for fun and conquest.

Space is limited, so please purchase your tickets in advance. Admission includes two beers from Sam Adams Brewery (who we thank for making this evening possible) or other beverages from the bar.

Tickets are $15.00 general admission and $5.00 for members. Members please contact Heather Rockwood for the discount code by telephone at 617-720-1713 x16 or by email. Want to become a member? Visit here for more information.

The Old State House Celebrates Harborfest!

The Bostonian Society will once again host a full slate of activities at the Old State House during Boston Harborfest. Please visit here for a complete listing of programs, tours, and events.


Trial of the Century (18th-century edition)
Friday, July 3, 4:00 p.m.

Watch patriot lawyers John Adams and Josiah Quincy defend the British soldiers accused of murdering Bostonians during the Boston Massacre. Participate in the program as witnesses and jurors for this celebrated case. Tickets are included with museum admission, but space is limited. Tickets will be available starting at 9:00 a.m. on July 3rd at the Old State House admission desk.

Independence Declared at the Old State House
Saturday, July 4, 9:40 a.m.

Since 1776, America's Independence has been declared from the Old State House balcony. Join us again this year for the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence by a member of the Ancient and the Honorable Artillery Company. The event is brought to you by the City of Boston and the Bostonian Society. Free outside the Old State House.

Revolutionary Characters Live! (Independence Day edition)
Saturday, July 4, 2:00 p.m.

Come meet Thomas Crafts and hear his tale of reading the Declaration of Independence from the balcony of the Old State House on July 18, 1776, when the document finally made its way to Boston. Revolutionary Characters Live! is a first-person interactive program presenting real people who lived in Boston during the 18th-century. Free with Old State House admission.

Independence Comes to Boston Tour
Saturday, July 4, 3:00 p.m.

In July 1776, the free citizens of Boston gathered under the balcony of the Old State House to hear the Declaration of Independence read for the first time. Come learn the full story of how the news of independence came to Boston, and how that independence has shaped the lives of all Americans to this very day. Free with Old State House admission.

Free Fun Friday

For the seventh consecutive year, the Highland Street Foundation's "Free Fun Fridays", a summer program that provides no cost admission to 70 treasured cultural institutions throughout Massachusetts, will kick off on Friday, June 26. For 10 weeks, seven venues, including museums, historic houses, performing arts centers and zoos, will be open every Friday, free-of-charge.

The Old State House will be participating on August 7. We will not take group reservations for August 7. Children age 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Contact Heather Rockwood with questions by telephone at 617-720-1713 x16 or by email.

Please visit here for more information and a full schedule.

Historic Beer in a Historic Place

Thursday, August 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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Come to the Old State House to taste beer, hear talks about pubs and drinking in the 18th century and listen to Master Brewers speak about their craft. Each admission includes 3 beer tokens.

Tickets are $15.00 general admission and $5.00 for members. Members please contact Heather Rockwood for the discount code by telephone at 617-720-1713 x16 or by email. Want to become a member? Visit here for more information.




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