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April School Vacation Week

  • Old State House 206 Washington Street Boston, MA, 02109 United States (map)

Come visit the Old State House to learn about Boston’s colonial past! Young visitors can hunt for artifacts using the Old State House scavenger hunt or join our Education Staff in one of our hands-on historical activities: fashion a coat of arms, create your own colonial portrait, design a broadside or make a paper lantern.

Drop in anytime from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. There is no registration required and all activities are free with admission. Kids 18 and under are FREE with adult admission to the Old State House.

MONDAY: Scavenger Hunt
Explore the galleries of the Old State House with a series of questions and riddles about the exhibits and artifacts.

TUESDAY: Colonial Broadsides
These one-sheet posters were a vital part of communication in Colonial America. Hear about some of the uses and history of broadsheets while you make your own with our stamps and supplies.

Find out about the symbolism of heraldry in coats of arms. What do all the animals and shapes mean? What can you learn from the colors? What's with all the Latin? Create your own coat of arms with stencils and art supplies.

THURSDAY: Lanterns
Learn the history and significance of the Liberty Tree and the lanterns hung on it and make your own paper lanterns.

FRIDAY: Colonial Portraits
Get dressed up with props and costumes from Colonial Boston and learn about portrait-painting in the 18th century. Check out examples of paintings by John Singleton Copley, then take a selfie or try your hand at drawing your own portrait.

Earlier Event: April 15
One Boston Day
Later Event: August 12
Echoes of the Past