Booking Group Tours of the Old State House

General Information

All groups must make reservations in advance.
Reservations 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 museum is 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 museum at one time.
Large groups must be divided into groups of 25-30 students and enter the museum at least 15 minutes apart.

School groups must have at least one adult chaperone for every ten students.
Groups that arrive without enough chaperones will not be admitted to the 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 museum opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.
(Except for January, July, and August when our hours are slightly different.) Group booking will not be made after 4 p.m.

Youth Programs and Tours

All of our programs are offered free of charge to Boston Public Schools.

Old State House Self-Guided Visit
Visit the building at the center of Revolutionary Boston!  After an introduction from a museum educator, your group will explore the Old State House at its own pace, in a self-guided tour. Enjoy the Revolutionary Era artifacts and the historic chambers of the oldest public building in Boston. Don’t miss the Boston Massacre multi-media show or the popular Hands-on History galleries.
Grades: 1-12
Time: 30-45 minutes
Price: $2.00 per student. Includes admission for 1 adult per 10 students. Additional adults: $5.00 each

Extras: A scavenger hunt is available to supplement your visit, please download it by clicking the link below. Scavenger hunts will not be available at the Museum, so please remember to bring all materials with you.

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Revolutionary Characters Self-Guided Visit
Your students will enter the world of Revolutionary Boston by assuming the role of real figures who lived at the time of the Revolution. Each student will receive a card, which is theirs to keep and describes their character’s life, politics and social connections.  After a museum educator greets the group and sets the stage, your students will explore the Old State House through the eyes of their Revolutionary Character. 
Grades: 3-12
Time: 30-45 minutes
Price: $3.00 per student. Includes admission for 1 adult per 10 students. Additional adults: $5.00 each

Extras: Suggested post-visit activities are available to enrich your visit, please download the document by clicking the link below.

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The Boston Massacre: You be the Judge!
Many questions remain unanswered about the incident that became known as the Boston Massacre.  Using material from the original trial records, students role-play the trial of the nine British soldiers involved in the shooting. Students will become lawyers, witnesses, and jurors to explore this complex and at times contradictory historical event.  Did the soldiers commit murder or did they fire in self-defense?  After all the evidence is heard, students deliberate to reach their own verdict. Requires pre-visit work; materials will be provided when your visit is booked.
Grades: 5-12
Time: 90-120 minutes
Group size: 15-30 children
Price: $6.00 per student.  Includes admission for 1 adult per 10 students. Additional adults: $6.00 each

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Witness to a Massacre
This program introduces students to the events of March 5, 1770, through primary documents.  Students will examine a newspaper article, witness accounts, and images of the Boston Massacre. A museum educator will lead the students in a visual presentation and discussion about the advantages and challenges of using primary documents to study historical events. As they overlook the site of the Boston Massacre, students will try to determine what actually happened that fateful night. 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!
Grades: 5-12
Time: 45-60 minutes
Group size: 15-30 children
Price: $4.00 per student.  Includes admission for 1 adult per 10 students. Additional adults: $6.00 each

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The Old State House: Treasure or Trouble?
Preserving old buildings can be difficult and very expensive. So why do we save them?  Students will consider the importance of historic preservation and learn about the Old State House’s remarkable story of rescue from destruction. Photos from recent restoration projects will be on view and students will have the opportunity to put on a pair of gloves and get hands-on with historical materials taken from the building for preservation purposes. After the program, students will be able to explore the Old State House on their own. Pre-visit materials will be provided at the time your tour is booked.
Grades: 3-8
Time: 45-60 minutes
Group size: 15-30 children
Price: $4.00 per student.  Includes admission for 1 adult per 10 students. Additional adults: $6.00 each

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Group Tours for High School Students, College Students and Adults

 

Old State House Self-Guided Visit
Visit the building at the center of Revolutionary Boston!  After an introduction from a museum staff member, your group will explore the Old State House at its own pace, in a self-guided tour. Enjoy the Revolutionary Era artifacts and the historic chambers of the oldest public building in Boston.
Time: 30-45 minutes
Group size: 15-30
Prices:   Adults Groups: $5 per person
Senior Groups (62+): $4 per person
College Student Groups: $4 per person

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Revolutionary Character Self-Guided Visit
Explore the Old State House on
Your group will enter the world of Revolutionary Boston by assuming the role of real figures who lived at the time of the Revolution.  After a museum educator greets you and sets the stage, your group will explore the Old State House through the eyes of their Revolutionary Character.  Pre- and post-visit materials to enrich your visit are available for download from the Museum’s website.
Time: 30-45 minutes
Group size: 15-30
Prices:   Adults Groups: $6 per person
Senior Groups (62+): $5 per person
College Student Groups: $5 per person

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The Royal Governor’s Tour:
The Revolutionary History of the Old State House
Learn the story of Boston during the time of the Revolution with a guided tour of the Old State House. The tour will focus on the unique artifacts displayed within the building and on the role that the Old State House played in Revolutionary Boston. Find out how the Old State House was transformed from a symbol of British oppression to a symbol of liberty for the new nation.
Time: 45-60 minutes
Group size: 15-30
Prices:    Adults Groups: $8.50 per person
 Senior Groups (62+): $7.50 per person
 College Student Groups: $7.50 per person
 High School Student Groups: $4 per student.
Includes admission for 1 adult per 10 students; additional adults are $6 each.

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Themed Tours
Guided tours are available for high school, college and adult groups on many other topics or themes.  We have a number of prepared tours on topics such as The Boston Massacre, the Role of Women in Revolutionary Boston, Boston’s Loyalists, Guns of the Revolution, and many more.   If we do not have a tour or program that meets your needs, we would be happy to discuss the possibility of preparing a tailored program.  

 

Programs for Teachers
If you are planning a workshop or professional development program for teachers or other educators, we would love to be a part of it!  We are able to adjust any of the programs listed above for presentation to teachers, or we can work with you to design a program to meet your needs.  Please inquire for details.

 

Making a Reservation

Please complete this form to make a reservation. Groups that arrive without a reservation may not be admitted.


If you do not receive a response within 7 days after submitting the form, please contact by telephone at 617-720-1713 ext. 27.