This circle sits outside the Old State House to mark the site of the Boston Massacre.

You’ve heard the name, but do you know the whole story?

On the snowy evening of March 5, 1770, the mounting tensions between American colonists and occupying British troops reached a bloody crescendo, leaving five unarmed civilians dead. But behind the infamous imagery and patriot propaganda lie the people that lived through and witnessed the Boston Massacre. Hear a young apprentice taunting a sentry, and through spotlighted artifacts, images, and ghostly shadows, learn how this insignificant exchange between resident and soldier escalated into a deadly riot.

Entrance is included with general admission to the Old State House.

The presentation is motion-activated and begins when visitors enter the room and runs approximately 6 minutes.

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  • How do I get to the Old State House?
    Please visit our Maps & Directions page.

  • Where is the exhibit?
    The exhibit is held in one of four antechambers on the second floor of the Old State House.

  • Are there any accessibility concerns to attend the exhibit?
    Please visit our Accessibility FAQs.

  • Please be advised that the presentation features some flashing lights and simulated sounds of gunfire.


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