Exhibitions at the Old State House
All exhibitions are permanent unless otherwise noted.
The Bostonian Society is pleased to present an exclusive new exhibition, 1763: A Revolutionary Peace, exploring the history and significance of an epoch-making peace on the occasion of its 250th anniversary. Britain's original signed copy of the 1763 Treaty of Paris, which forever redrew the geo-political boundaries of North America, is the featured object of the exhibition and has never been seen on the North America continent until now. Other objects on display include weapons and artifacts from the Seven Years War, medals marking peace between the British Crown and formerly French-allied First Nations, and a Native American wampum treaty belt. This special exclusive exhibition will be on view at the Old State House from May 25 through October 7, 2013.
Above: Nine-row wampum belt, Northeastern North America, with "1766" worked into its design. Courtesy of the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford
Left: "The definitive treaty of peace and friendship between His Britannick Majesty, the most Christian King, and the King of Spain." Courtesy of The National Archives, UK
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our Old State House façade
This exhibition interprets the role of Boston, and in particular the role of the Old State House, in the events leading up to the American Revolution. Whether you are a longtime Boston resident wanting to understand your city better or an out-of-town tourist walking the Freedom Trail, this exhibition will help you master the basics of Boston’s revolutionary story. The exhibition uses 150 images and artifacts to trace the changing relationship of the colonial citizens to the crown, the break with England, and the establishment of a new state. Highlights of the room include a coat belonging to John Hancock, tea from the Boston Tea Party, and Paul Revere's engraving of the Boston Massacre.
For this exhibition, staff of The Bostonian Society have brought out objects from collection storage that represent their favorite Boston story. See some of the fascinating artifacts that have been hiding in storage, and learn from our staff what each object means to the history of Boston. Then choose your favorite thing in the museum. Several of the objects in this exhibition are being exhibited for the first time.
How do you take care of a 300-year-old building? This exhibition chronicles the architectural alterations that have been made to the Old State House over time, and illustrates the restoration efforts and preservation processes used since 1881 to ensure that it continues to inspire future generations.