History Museums in Boston

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History Museums in Boston

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  • Shirley N
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A brilliant attraction, and interactive, and the café had plenty of room, lots to see and hear about the history of the Boston Tea Party
    Written 18 March 2024
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  • judyg735
    Malvern28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent 3 hours here and could easily have spent longer. Stunning setting and great use of video and audio clips to tell JFK’s story which seems super relevant to today’s world. The food at the cafe was also great (especially if you are vegetarian) and reasonably priced and the view from the windows back to Boston and over the bay just glorious. We visited on the anniversary of JFK’s birthday and charmingly all staff and visitors ate cake together beneath JFK’s inspirational words reproduced on the wall of the pavilion.
    Written 29 May 2024
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  • James H
    Camp Hill, PA73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited here for the first time while on vacation and was not disappointed! The curators have done an amazing job detailing the history of how the USS Constitution came to be and the sailors' lives aboard the ship through fun, engaging, and interactive exhibits. Admission is by suggested donation (for two adults, we gave twenty dollars). The museum (and the separate USS Constitution ship) is a stop on Boston's Freedom Trail. Highly recommend to anyone visiting the area.
    Written 19 May 2024
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  • Barry S
    Greater London, UK12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So poignant and utterly sad, reading the truthful words of those horrifically impacted by the murderous Nazis.
    The respect shown by the City of Boston, is evident and the arrangment of this memorial, was quite unique and yet, so hard-hitting.
    So worthy of seeing and to read the comments.
    Written 30 August 2023
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  • hoben57
    Houston, TX87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped in as part of the Freedom Trail and self toured the museum. The docents were friendly and informative. The museum displays were very good. There were a number of artifacts which were interesting to see. A good spot on the Trail.
    Written 11 May 2024
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  • hoben57
    Houston, TX87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was interesting to see Paul Revere's house although we did not go in. It's worthwhile to see as part of the Freedom Trail. After a long walk along the Trail, this was our last stop. We sat on the wall, took some pics, and then headed to Strega for a late lunch. It's certainly a lot better to see than the Corner Book Store.
    Written 10 May 2024
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  • RayGCincinnati_OH
    Cincinnati, OH270 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The King's Chapel (as in King James II) was founded in 1686. The current building stands on the same site as the original and was constructed in 1754. After the Revolution it became the first Unitarian Church in America. The interior is a fine example of Georgian architecture. The belfry holds an 1816 Paul Revere bell that still rings today. This place is great - take the tour!
    Written 10 April 2024
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  • Ed P
    New York City, NY64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must-see for history buffs, offering a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the Nichols family, especially Rose Nichols (a nice of Augustus St Gaudens)
    Written 30 April 2024
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  • jerrys01
    Bel Air, MD587 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot of important events in the pre and post Revolutionary War took place at the Meeting House. The church is pretty large, but the pews are pretty simple. There are a lot of exhibits (mainly text) that explain the events.
    Written 12 May 2024
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  • Gary W
    Warrington, UK9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit, Candace was very welcoming, informative and Knowledgeable. Well worth a visit !! If you want to learn some colonial history or you are a little women fan would definitely recommend visiting
    Written 24 November 2023
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  • Christy Pleasan... C
    Mount Pleasant, SC280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited on a cold March afternoon and were greeted by Charles Fazio, who was a host and curator who showed us many historic items. My husband’s ancestors were members and this felt very personal. We came from Charleston South Carolina for this very special trip. So glad we got to go!
    Written 6 March 2020
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  • nancym290
    Weymouth260 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an awesome special access tour with Erin today. It was very informative and interesting. Even my husband who expected to "suffer through" it enjoyed the tour.
    The special access tour costs about $18 per person but it is well worth it. The tour group is small -- less than 10 -- which gives everyone a chance to see and ask questions. The tour lasts about an hour or so. The guide takes you up into the engines and below to the pumps. Erin was very knowledgeable and a good speaker.
    We definitely recommend this museum.
    Written 28 May 2023
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  • Magnus S
    Lidingo, Sweden54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly helpful staff, I especially appreciated the diorama of the Battle of Bunker hill which gives you a sense of the scope and major events of the whole ordeal.
    Written 31 December 2023
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  • Florida
    Tampa, FL658 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a good visit here for 45 minutes with a docent (Bob). I was amazed at his knowledge of Boston history and urban “renewal”, not just the West End. As the prior reviewer said, I generally would prefer to read the displays by myself - but Bob’s enthusiasm for Boston history won me over. We did donate $20, but you don’t have to.
    Written 16 July 2021
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  • Lee L
    Valhalla, NY2,143 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited this small museum after going to the JFK Library which is across the street. A nice collection of exhibits telling about the founding of the Commonwealth, it's more geared towards a younger audience.

    The highlight of the museum is the room where they have the bronze plate that Paul Revere made of the Boston Massacre, Charter of Massachusetts, Charter of the Bay Colony, Copy of the Declaration of Independence made on the 50th anniversary, Bill of Rights and the Massachusetts Constitution.

    It is worth a visit if in the area, admission is free.
    Written 18 December 2022
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