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Old South Meeting House

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Address: 310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108-4616
Phone Number: +1 617-482-6439
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

   No Tax on Tea! This was the decision on December 16, 1773,...

   No Tax on Tea! This was the decision on December 16, 1773, when 5,000 angry colonists gathered at Old South Meeting House to protest a tax...and started a revolution with the Boston Tea Party! Built in 1729, Old South Meeting House was the largest building in colonial Boston. From outraged protests over the Boston Massacre, to the night when Samuel Adams gave the secre3t signal to throw 340 crates of tea into Boston Harbor, colonists came to the Meeting House to protest British rule.

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Must see spot in Boston

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Conroe, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an describable experience sitting at one of these pews. We just sat there and soaked it all in until a field trip group came in. A great piece of history!

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Boston MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Also near the HQ of the parks service so you can get lots of brochures and maps, arrange tours. Worth a visit to start getting to know Boston's history and culture.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

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Liverpool, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

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

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Such an important historical site. It may seem just like a church but when you realize who was there and how they influenced the American Revolution you realize how important this place is

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

When you walk in the doors you think it's just a building with pews in it - but thankfully I had an awesome tour guide who led me through the entire history and exhibit of the place and it was so fascinating! It's one of the few on the freedom trail that charge - and I personally think it's well... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

A very worthy stop on the Freedom Trail. Among the important things that took place there was the meeting in which Sam Adams gave the signal to start the Boston Tea Party, You can feel the history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

You can buy a ticket that is good for three different places. If you are going to walk the Freedom Trail you should buy it. At the Old South Meeting House there is some very good historical information. Most of it was good. However, there is a display about Margaret Sanger that is misleading at best. It mentions that the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

If you are a Boston Native or a guest from out of town, there's a lot to learn at this small museum. The tour guides are excellent and can answer almost any question thrown at them. There's something for everyone including children. A real in depth look at the history of Boston.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

As we wee passing and since our Boston Go Pass included free entry we popped in for a few minutes. At the time of our visit the gallery was closed so we were confined to the ground floor. Numerous exhibits and information placards have a good overview of the importance of this place to the American Revolution. Nicely set out... More 

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