Old South Meeting House, Boston

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Visit the famed, National Historic Landmark where the Boston Tea Party began in 1773. Within the walls of Old South Meeting House, meeting by meeting, vote by vote, a revolution began.

Visit to experience one of the nation's most important colonial landmarks.

On exhibit: Historic 3-D model of colonial Boston showing the Patriots' route to the harbor; John Hancock's portable writing desk; first edition 1773 book by slave & poet Phillis Wheatley; and many more rare revolutionary artifacts and historic documents.

Old South Meeting House is an independent, non-profit museum and historic site funded by individuals like you; The Massachusetts Cultural Council (www.massculturalcouncil.org), a state agency; The Lowell Institute; The Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati; and other public and private foundations and corporations.

A legislated partner in Boston National Historical Park, Old South Meeting House participates in the Passport program as an official Passport Cancellation Station.

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Admission: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors/Students, $1 Children (ages 6-17), under age 6 FREE. Free for OSMH Museum Members.

Freedom Trail Ticket Available: Includes discounted admission to Old South Meeting House, Old State House Museum and the Paul Revere House. $13 adults ($6.50 savings!), $2 children. Available at Old South Meeting House.
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  • In downtown Boston at the corner of Washington Street with Mili St., is one of the first stops of the Freedom trail. Old church where the revolutionaries, the main interest of the building gathered is its history. There is a nice contrast between its ancient architecture and modern buildings nearby.
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  • If you are walking the Freedom Trail, you will see it. There is not a lot to see. It is part of our American history and worth going by to see it.  more »
  • Hard stop visiting this historical point in the heart of the city filled with American history. Should be included in the route of all.
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  • The Old South Meeting House (US$6 per adult) is one of the important stops on the Freedom Trail in Boston. Built in 1729, this attraction offers a nice stop to see Georgian period architecture. We particularly liked the modest red brick facade and building steeple. Inside the Old South Meeting House, you can visit the meeting hall, where debates were heard regarding British taxation on the colonies as well as protests and outcries regarding the events of the infamous Boston Massacre. Within the main hall you can see pew boxes (two of which are original found on the sides of the hall) where parties would have sat and debated local affairs. There are also a collection of displays regarding social and political issues deliberated at the Old South Meeting Hall. These help provide context on events which took place here that lead to the American Revolution as well as shaping the country during its early days. Overall, a nice stop for those with interest in early American history. There is also a good gift shop in the basement of the Old South Meeting House, which find near the building exit. Note: At the Old South Meeting House, you can buy a combo ticket that includes entrance into the Old State House and the Paul Revere House, giving you a $3 savings compared to buying each ticket individually.
  • This was such an interesting place to visit. They had a few things out that helped to make the exhibit more interactive. The docent that was there was especially knowledgeable and sweet. There are scavenger hunt for youth of all ages as well.
  • Great piece of history. Beautiful architecture. Dove in here during the rain. Spent over an hour reading and learning from the exhibits.
  • Certainly cool to see, but it is just one big room. Make sure you download the audio presentations to your phone and listen to them while you are in the meeting house. It requires a QR scanner on your device so make sure you have one installed. Otherwise you will be doing a lot of reading. The recorded version nhelps bring the exhibit to life.
  • Beautiful and fun to see, but it’s very quick. A guided tour would be a great addition.
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