Old State House Museum

The Old State House Museum (built c. 1713) was the center of Boston civic life., known as the Towne House.  After the American Revolution the building became the State House for Massachusetts until 1798 when the new and current State House was completed on Beacon Street.

Located on the Freedom Trail, the Old State House is the oldest surviving public building in Boston and now houses Old State House Museum.  The Counsel Chamber where the Royal Governor of Massachusetts met with members of his Council, has recently been restored to mirror its 1760s look.

Just outside the Old State is where five Bostonians lost their lives in the Boston Massacre. The story and history of this event is included on our Freedom Trail tour.

One of the Old State House Museums most popular exhibits is a coat once owned by the great John Hancock, Massachusetts’ first elected governor.


Admission to the Old State House is $10 and free for anyone under 18-years-old. This site is included on many Boston tourist passes, which give you free admission.


The Old State House is located on the Freedom Trail at 206 Washington St. on the corner of State St. and Washington St.

The closest MBTA station is actually underneath the building! The State station on the Blue and Orange lines has entrances/exits on the ground level of the Old State House!


October – April: 9AM – 5PM
May – September: 9AM – 6PM

Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the first week in February

TIP: Tours are offered daily on the hour of the Old State House.