Plan a Visit to the Old State House
The Old State House is privately operated and funded by the Bostonian Society. The Old State House and other privately run sites on the Freedom Trail will remain open during the government shutdown. However, our research library is housed in a National Park Service building and will therefore be closed during the shutdown.
Visit the Old State House today and learn about the Boston Massacre, discover the actual artifacts of Boston's past, and walk in the footsteps of Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and other patriots who set in motion the American Revolution.
September - May: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June - August: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve Day
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and the first work week in February
Gallery tours are offered on the hour throughout the day.
Bostonian Society members, children 18 and under, and visitors with disabilities are admitted free at all times.
What is the average visit length?
The average visit length varies; however, most people spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour in the museum.
Am I allowed to take pictures inside the museum?
Yes you can take photos without using a flash. Flash photography damages our artifacts.
Is the Old State House wheelchair accessible?
No, unfortunately the site is currently not accessible. The Old State House has National Landmark status which makes it difficult to install an elevator. The museum has a waiver for ADA compliance; however, we are working on this matter so please check back in the future. There are a lot of stairs in the building so be aware of this upon entering.
Can I bring a stroller into the museum?
Visitors may bring strollers into the welcome area, but they may not be taken into the museum galleries. Strollers can be conveniently kept at the front desk and baggage claim area.
Can I bring my backpack, luggage, baby carrier, or shopping bags into the museum galleries?
All large bags, large umbrellas, back baby carriers, hiking packs, and luggage must be checked in the baggage claim area at the front desk.
What is the Freedom Trail?
The Old State House is conveniently located along Boston’s Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile long walking trail marked by a red line on the street that connects Revolutionary-era historic sites throughout the city. The red line begins at the Boston Common Visitor Center. For more information about the Freedom Trail visit www.thefreedomtrail.org.