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. Although the building is exempt from ADA regulations as a National Historic Landmark, the Bostonian Society has prepared plans to install handicap ramps and lift. In the meantime, please be aware that there are many stairs in the building.

Can I bring a stroller into the museum?

Visitors may bring strollers into the reception area and museum shop, but they may not be taken into the museum galleries. Strollers can be conveniently checked 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.

Can I drop off an object to donate to the Old State House? 

No, the museum and library cannot accept unsolicited donations in person or through the mail without prior approval by staff and we reserve the right to dispose of unsolicited items. Please contact our staff before sending a donation or with any questions.

What is the Freedom Trail?

The Old State House is centrally located on Boston’s Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile long walking route marked by a red line on the sidewalks and streets that connects Revolutionary-era historic sites throughout the city. The red line begins at the Boston Common. For more information about the Freedom Trail visit thefreedomtrail.org.

Is the Old State House available for event rentals? 

The Old State House is not available for private events.

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