There are dozens of Revolutionary Characters cards featuring real people from 18th century Boston and their perspectives on world-changing events.

There are dozens of Revolutionary Characters cards featuring real people from 18th century Boston and their perspectives on world-changing events.

Life during the Revolution, from the everyday to the extraordinary.

Between important dates and famous deeds, it's easy to lose track of the individuals whose stories shape history. With Revolutionary Characters examine the lives of people, both famous and forgotten, who lived in Boston at the start of the Revolution. Every visitor to the Old State House receives a Revolutionary Character card with the name and details of a real Colonial-era Bostonian—from their political views, to their social station, to their network of friends and associates. As you explore the building and its galleries, consider the life of your character, to imagine not only how you might respond to the events leading up to the Revolution, but to experience American independence from a whole new perspective.

You can view all the character cards at revolutionarycharacters.org.

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 do I get my character card?
    All visitors are randomly given character cards before entering the museum in the Gift Shop of the Old State House.

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

  • Can I keep my character card?
    Absolutely. We encourage all visitors to keep them as memorabilia of their visit.

  • How can I see other character cards?
    Visit revolutionarycharacters.org for a full list of characters, and see how they connect to each other.


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