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Old State House Museum

October 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The-Old-State-House-Boston-Massachusetts-USA-900x1440Boston, Massachusetts, is considered to be the home of the American Revolution. With its cobblestone streets, old-fashioned style pubs, and fantastic museums, Boston is like a window into America’s past. The city is very walkable, and you don’t have to go far from the water to have everything you need for a day trip.

For boaters, downtown Boston is an ideal location. As a maritime community, it’s a natural choice to visit by boat, and offers boaters a beautiful setting for a walk around town. When arriving in the city through its historic harbor, boaters can rent dock space at Boston Yacht Haven located at 87 Commercial Wharf.  Call well in advance as it books quickly.

Just a short walk up State Street will bring you to the Old State House Museum, a must-see for anyone visiting Boston. Built in 1712, the building was the seat of Massachusetts government until 1776 when the colonies declared independence from Great Britain.

Old State House Museum is open year-round, dedicated to Boston’s role in the American Revolution. Tickets, at press time, are $10.00 for adults and ages 18 and under are free. Included in the cost of the ticket is entrance to all the galleries and the guided tours offered every 30 minutes.

The galleries feature artifacts that tell the story of revolutionary Boston in a way unlike any other. One of the prominent pieces on display is a coat worn by John Hancock. There are also plenty of hands-on activities, so the museum is family-friendly.

Aside from the galleries, there are also three tours available, including one tour based on the building itself, and another based on the American Revolution.  The third tour, about the Boston Massacre, is the most popular. This historical event took place outside of the doors of the Old State House in March, 1770. The tour explores the event in depth and allows visitors access to fascinating information and insight.

Though its history is what many visit for, Boston is a modern city with so much else to offer. A brief walk down the wharf and around Christopher Columbus Park will bring you to Long Wharf. Long Wharf is home to a variety of restaurants and attractions.

For information on how to reserve dock space call Boston Haven Yacht Club at (617) 367-5050. The New England Aquarium can be reached at (617) 973-5200 and more information can be found at www.neaq.org. The Old State House Museum is located at 206 Washington Street and you can find information about events and exhibits at www.bostonhistory.org or by calling (617) 720-1713. Faneuil Hall is at 1 Faneuil Hall Square and information can be found by calling (617) 635-4500.

By Erica Dumont

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