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!), $2 children. Available at Old South Meeting House.
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  • The freedom trail walk was amazing! With that being said this was the one location I wanted to visit more than any other on the trail and we were not allowed inside. The sign out front said free admis...  more »
  • I found it very cool to be able to step into a piece of history. We were able to sit in the meeting hall pews. One can only imagine the great historical discussions that were held in such a place. The...  more »
  • Went there as part of the freedom trail and really enjoyed it. It's only worth it if you are into history because there's a lot of information displayed in a small room.  more »
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  • One of my favorite museums in Boston. I've walked the Freedom Trail a couple of times, and this was one of the highlights on both trips. The interior iteself is interesting, being relatively unchanged from the revolutionary era. There are also plenty of very well-constructed, fascinating exhibits about the building's history. A very nice way to spend a couple of hours.
  • One of the historic sites along the Freedom Trail. It's quite remarkable for being the venue for organizing the Boston Tea Party, one of the significant events that led to US independence from Britain.
  • Very informative but not worth the 10$. It takes you about 20-30 minutes to read everything.
  • You can't visit Boston to see History - without seeing the Old South Meeting House. My daughter and I visited on July 4 - we had already done the guided Freedom Walk, but went back to see inside the building. This is a very easy stop. There is an exhibit and an audio tour available for you. We instead just walked inside, sat down on a bench, and soaked up the atmosphere. If you try you can see the Colonists, hear the arguments. This site is included on the Go Boston Card. We stayed for about 10 minutes and that was perfect. I definitely recommend it.
  • Make sure to see the Boston Tea Party re-enactment every December 16th, at the Old South Meeting House. Fascinating and great event for all ages.

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