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.

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  • 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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