Host An Event at the Old State House

Host a Revolutionary Event at the Old State House

This historic landmark’s chambers can be rented for intimate dinners and cocktail parties, for larger receptions, for wedding ceremonies, and for more casual business gatherings and lectures. Your guests will come together in our elegant museum galleries, surrounded by 300 years of Boston history. With the help of our friendly staff, you will be connected with seasoned event-planners and caterers. A full range of event services can be customized to provide you with arrangements for any gathering. 

Proceeds from the use of the Old State House help support the Bostonian Society’s restoration, education, and interpretation work. Join us today, and your special event will not only be a success, but help in the continued preservation of this important building. 

Availability: The Old State House is available year-round, seven days a week. Events may only occur before 9:00 AM or after 5:00 PM (6:00 PM in June, July, and August). The museum will remain open to the public during its regular hours and we therefore do not allow daytime events.

Accessibility:  The Council Chamber and Representatives Hall, the main event halls, are located on the second floor of the Old State House.  These rooms are accessible only by an historic circular staircase; there is no elevator. The building is not wheelchair-accessible at this time.  A private bathroom is located on the second floor, and additional facilities are located on the lower level.

Discounts for Members: Individual and corporate members of the Bostonian Society and Old State House museum, at a certain level, qualify for discounted rates for events. (Find out more about membership here.)

Additional InformationFor detailed information on renting the exceptional space at the Old State House, including availability, catering and other third party needs, or to reserve the space:

 

Please contact the Development Associate for detailed information at 617-720-1713, ext. 16 or email.

 

Important Note: All rates and availability listed below are subject to change without notice. 


Function Space

CAPACITY

Lecture, Meeting, Ceremony

Seated Meal

Council Chamber

75

Representatives Hall

75
75

 

Dinners and Receptions

The Old State House is an elegant and sophisticated venue for corporate dinners and cocktail receptions. Up to 75 people can be accommodated for a seated dinner or reception in one room. Receptions spaced throughout the building may be as large as 150 people. Events may occur between 6:00pm and midnight any night of the week, any day of the year.

Rental rates:

  • $2800 for evening events using the entire museum
  • $1800 non-profit rate
  • $250 for each additional hour after 7 hours

The rental includes:

  • Exclusive use of both floors of the Old State House;
  • Up to seven hours total event time: including time needed for set-up and clean-up. Set-up may not begin before 4:00 pm (5:00 pm for events in June, July, and August);
  • Event guidance and coordination of vendor deliveries;
  • Workspace for caterers or other vendors;
  • Use of up to 75 folding chairs, and replica 18th-century lectern with microphone and speaker;
  • Three museum staff members to greet and assist your guests and vendors, and be available throughout the event. Additional staff, museum educators, or living history performers are available for an additional fee;

Please contact the Development Associate for detailed information at 617-720-1713, ext. 16 or email.

Wedding Ceremonies

The Old State House is a beautifully historic location for your wedding vows. The Old State House can accommodate your wedding ceremony, however wedding receptions are prohibited from the building.

The rental includes:

  • Up to two hours total event time: rentals may not begin before 4:30 PM (5:30 PM for events in June, July, and August)
  • Event guidance and coordination of vendor deliveries;
  • Use of up to 75 folding chairs, and replica 18th-century lectern with microphone and speaker;
  • Museum staff members to greet and assist your guests and vendors, and be available throughout the event. Additional staff, museum educators, or living history performers are available for an additional fee;
  • One of a kind photo opportunities;
  • Rental rate is $1,000.

 

Lectures and Meetings

The Old State House can serve as a unique and interesting venue to give your meeting or lecture a sense of place. Old State House rentals are limited to the hours before morning openings or to evening hours. Please inquire if you need additional information about available rental space. Fire code limits the number of people in the second floor chambers to 75.

Rental rates:
Rates for meetings and lectures remain flexible, as these types of events vary dramatically in their planning, organization, and implementation. Please inquire for details.

Please contact the Development Associate for detailed information at 617-720-1713, ext. 16 or email.

 

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Representatives Hall