A young girl opens the door on a miniature of the Old State House.

The Revolutionary Age for any age.

Children and adults alike can stroll through the history of the Old State House in our three Hands-On History rooms. Experience how the building and the city around it have changed over more than 300 years through interactive, multi-sensory exhibits. Test your engineering aptitude with building bricks, peek behind the hidden doors of our Old State House façade, practice stitching together John Hancock's coat, or smell the Great Molasses Flood of 1919. For young visitors and the young at heart, there's no better way to understand history than to reach out and touch it.

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

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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 upstairs on the second floor of the Old State House.

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

  • Can I touch the things in this room?
    Please do! There are puzzles to do, doors to open, panels to slide, and more. It is called “Hands-On History,” after all!


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