Old State House

Old State House

Also known as Boston's "Towne House", the Old State House dates back to 1713. This Georgian style structure was occupied by the British during the Revolution and was a continuous reminder to the settlers of British dominance and presence in the colony.  

The Old State House was the center of all political life and debate in colonial Boston. On July 18, 1776, citizens gathered in the street to hear the Declaration of Independence read from the building's balcony, the first public reading in Massachusetts. The Royal Governor presided here until Thomas Gage left in 1775, and the seat of Massachusetts government resided here until the new State House was built on Beacon Hill in 1798.

Today, the building is run by The Bostonian Society as a Boston history museum.

Site Information
LocationCorner of State and Washington Streets

October - April: 9AM - 5PM
May - September: 9AM - 6PM

Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the first week in February

ToursGallery tours offered on the hour daily
AdmissionAdults: $10.00, Seniors (62+) & Students: $8.50, Youth (0-18) & Military/Veterans: FREE

More Information via the Bostonian Society

More Information via the Freedom Trail Foundation

AttributionContent provided by the Freedom Trail Foundation and the Bostonian Society.

Video & Multimedia

  • Reading of the Declaration of Independence

    The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Old State House.

    Watch Video

  • Exploring the Freedom Trail

    Click through an interactive map of historic stops along the Freedom Trail.

    Freedom Trail Story Map

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