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Massachusetts State House

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Address: 24 Beacon St., Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02133-1099
Phone Number:
+1 617-727-3676
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Designed in 1798 by renowned architect Charles Bulfinch, the historic...

Designed in 1798 by renowned architect Charles Bulfinch, the historic building is dominated by a magnificent gold dome.

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Would start the freedom train here. It is right on top of Beacon Hill, next to Boston Common. Worth a visit for 30min or so. Best to go in the morning

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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Would start the freedom train here. It is right on top of Beacon Hill, next to Boston Common. Worth a visit for 30min or so. Best to go in the morning

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This gold domed building dominates the Boston Common area and is equally impressive inside. The free guided tour is well worth doing. The history of the building and its importance is clearly explained. The ceilings are amazing, as is the artwork throughout, all of which is relevant to the development of the State and City. The tour takes 30-40minutes. Access... More 

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Barnsley, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's worth an hour having a look around the Massachusetts State Parliament. It's a very interesting building with several architectural features. If you like that sort of thing you can sit in the courts and listen to the legislators and politicians debating their important business. And hey ! it's free. We entered via the General Hooker entrance but there were... More 

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Devon, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

really enjoyed the visit here. lovely building, fantastic murals, the room of flags was something different. even got the chance to look in the congress room. well worth a visit. see pics

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I work in mid-west state capitol building that is great, but the Mass State House is at another level. We couldn't take a tour, so we were free to wander. The building is amazing. I wish we could have done a tour, as I'd love to learn more about this building! We stopped in to take a break from the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just turned up here on spec towards the end of a long day of sightseeing and before I knew it I was on an excellent, free guided tour and standing in the senate hall. The license you seem to get to explore the State House is really surprising and the guide (they all seem to be members of staff... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't be nervous walking into this lovely building used today as the state house. Staff are friendly and helpful. You can join a tour or take yourself around. There's a lot of great things to see like the house room, senate rooms, great halls and many memorials to past historical figures. Knowing little about the political system meant I didn't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a very, very educational tour to get insight into Boston history. The guides are well informed & friendly.( book a tour with a guide, it's a better experience) A great place to take kids, it's easy to walk through and well worth a visit while in Boston.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this historical site, we followed a free guided tour that actually explained us almost everything we needed to know. Very nice experience

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Built on John Hancock's land, design by Bullfinch with a pine cone peeked dome hammered by Paul Revere himself and housing the Sacred Cod what's not to like about this majestic structure of Boston

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
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