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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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  • This is one of the Must See spots in Boston, go on a tour with a guide and let them tell you all about it or just ask the park ranger outside to tell you everything about the Old South Meeting House. 
  • Very interesting site with good information boards to give historical context of this important site. If possible use a good tour guide who will bring the site to even more life 
  • The Old South Meeting House was the venue of the meeting to protest against the tea tax taxation (English flagship product consumed at the time) on 16 December 1773, which culminated in the event that became known as the "Boston Tea Party" (Boston Tea Party) later that night. From 1877 houses a Museum and is a window to the colonial life of Boston.
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  • Our first stop on the Freedom Trail! We were able to buy tickets for three of the official sites on the Freedom Trail here, which includes admission to Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, and Paul Revere's House. These tickets never expire, so you can save them and come back at another time if you want. The Old South Meeting House is a meeting house for the Puritans to worship. It was the largest building in Boston at the time, and it is most famous for being the organizing point for the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. On that day, 5,000 colonists met at the Old South Meeting House to decide what to do with the taxable tea sitting at Griffin's Wharf. After failing to have the tea sent back to England, Samuel Adams stated, "This meeting can do nothing more to save the country." These words were rumored to be a secret signal to the Sons of Liberty to walk down to Griffin’s Wharf and dump the tea into the harbor, marking the start of the Boston Tea Party. As you can see, there is just so much history and colonial significance in this place! And the interior is really beautiful, especially since it's arranged in the traditional New England meeting house style. This is definitely a must stop on the Freedom Trail.
  • I wandered in from my journeying on the Freedom Trail and had a good time with the exhibits and looking around the building itself, which is interesting in its architecture and even just its historical significance.
  • Gave it 3 stars, just not sure it was really worth the price of admission. It takes maybe 20 minutes to walk through. The money is a more of a donation to keep the building in good shape. A cool sight to see though, so if you love history, stop by.
  • I suppose some critical thinking once went on here. Tourist markets, a place for fruit sales and a nice park are across the street. Simple building.
  • Very nice contrast between old and new.