Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts State House

Built in 1798, the "new" State House is located across from the Boston Common on the top of Beacon Hill. The land was once owned by Massachusetts first elected governor, John Hancock. Charles Bullfinch, the leading architect of the day, designed the building.

The dome, originally made out of wood shingles, is now sheathed in copper and covered by 23 karat gold which was added to prevent leaks into the State House.

In the House of Representatives chambers hangs a wooden codfish which is called the Sacred Cod. The Sacred Cod signifies the importance of the fishing industry to the Commonwealth. At the top of the golden dome sits a wooden pinecone which symbolizes logging in Boston during the 18th century.


Site Information
LocationIntersection of Beacon and Park Streets
Hours10AM - 4PM Mon. - Fri.
Tours

Must schedule in advance.

More Information on Massachusetts State House Secretary of Commonwealth - State House Tours

AdmissionFREE
NotesMore Information via the Freedom Trail Foundation
AttributionContent provided by the Freedom Trail Foundation.

Video & Multimedia

  • New Freedom Trail Map Unveiled

    The new map is attached to the Citizens Bank on Cross Street between Hanover and Salem Streets in the North End.

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Exploring the Freedom Trail

  • Episode 1

    Boston Common, the Massachusetts State House, the Park Street Church and the Granary Burial Ground.

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  • Episode 2

    King's Chapel, The King's Chapel Burial Ground, the Benjamin Franklin Statue, the Boston Latin School and The Old Corner Bookstore.

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  • Episode 3

    The Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, and Faneuil Hall.

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  • Episode 4

    Paul Revere's House, The Old North Church, Copp's Hill Burial Ground, the USS Constitution, and the Bunker Hill Monument.

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