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Old South Meeting House Tours

Old South Meeting House
Dating from 1729, Boston’s Old South Meeting House was a congregational church and a gathering place for protestors who sparked the American Revolution with the 1773 Boston Tea Party. A key site on Boston’s Freedom Trail, the brick building is now a museum where visitors can chart the beginnings of the country’s 1776 revolution. 
 
The Basics 
A US National Historic Landmark, the Old South Meeting House was a rallying point for 18th-century colonists opposed to British rule. In December 1773, a group left the house to dump tea from three British tea ships into Boston Harbor—an event known as the Boston Tea Party. The museum celebrates the house’s role in this momentous event with exhibitions, interactive experiences, and costumed guides.
 
The Old South Meeting House is an attraction on Boston’s revolutionary-themed Freedom Trail. Numerous guided tours—by foot, car, pushbike, and pedicab—stop outside or give guests time to explore inside. Set off on your chosen tour, or buy a Boston sightseeing pass that includes admission to the museum.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Old South Meeting House is a must-visit for first-time visitors and history aficionados. 
  • Give yourself at least 30 minutes to wander around.
  • The main floor, lower levels, shop, and restrooms are wheelchair-accessible. 
  • Audio content charting key moments in the house’s history is downloadable onto smartphones and tablets.
  • The on-site gift shop can be visited independently of the house.
 
How to Get There
On the corner of Boston’s Washington and Milk streets, the Old South Meeting House is most easily reached on foot along the Freedom Trail. To get there by subway, take the Blue or Orange Line to State Street and alight there. Drivers will find several convenient—but relatively expensive—parking garages nearby, with discount validation stamps sometimes available.
 
When to Get There
The museum opens daily year-round, from 9am to 5pm April–November and 10am to 4pm November–March. If you’re in Boston before Christmas, catch the house’s annual December 16 reenactment of the Boston Tea Party, performed by costumed reenactors.
 
Nearby Sites of the American Revolution
Once you’ve explored the meeting house and its exhibits—including patriot leader John Hancock’s writing desk—visit the nearby Old State House, site of the 1770 Boston Massacre. Then, continue to the waterfront Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, where you can tour a replica tea ship and relive the seminal events of December 16, 1773.
Address: 310 Washington St., Boston, Massachusetts 02108, USA
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Boston Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Start your tour at 200 Atlantic Avenue (end of Marriott Longwharf Hotel). Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this trolley tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour.
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Walking Tour of Freedom Trail History (Small Group)

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Take a deep dive into the history of the American Revolution on this walking tour of Boston. Your historian guide will focus on the years between and 1760 and 1775, a tumultuous time with lots to talk about. Stroll the Freedom Trail and ask plenty of questions along the way; your small group will make for an intimate atmosphere.
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Boston City view Bicycle Tour

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Go Boston All-Inclusive Pass

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Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston

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Explore Boston's Freedom Trail on this informative and historic tour complete with a guide. Wander cobblestone streets, check out the architecture, and learn about the colorful past of this dynamic destination. Stops include Faneuil Hall, King's Chapel, Boston Common, and more.
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Private 3-Hour Boston Freedom Trail Tour

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Get to know Boston on a private 3-hour drive along the Freedom Trail, which crosses through 16 historical locations key to the founding of the United States. Head to landmarks including the Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and the Paul Revere House, among others. Then take the Charlestown Bridge to the USS Constitution and view the Bunker Hill Monument. Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle with your own private driver-guide who shares live commentary about the sights. You select which stops along the Freedom Trail you would like to see, create your own itinerary with this unique, self-guided tour! Includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Boston Revolutionary History Guided Walking Tour

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Tour of The Freedom Trail

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Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour with Costumed Guide

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Boston's Freedom Trail, 3 tours in 1, Smart Phone Guided Tour (GPS) - go anytime

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WalknTours is your personal tour guide. Pro Narration, theatrically crafted, go anytime. 1 purchase works on 4 devices. 3 Tours in 1. Contactless and social distance friendly. 3 Tours in 1 Experience 1. The Freedom Trail Part 1 - Revolutionary Boston 2. The Freedom Trail Part 2 - The North End 3. The Freedom Trail Part 3 - Charlestown, Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution Simply go to the Boston Common Visitors Center, press play and put your phone in your pocket. From there you are guided turn by turn along the revolutionary streets of Boston. Listen on headphones, bluetooth speakers or your phone. What makes this tour special? -The revolutionary narrator is one of a kind. -It's guided by your personal tour guide (AKA the WalknTours technology tour technology) -This is not a fact dumping tour. It's a freedom trail adventure. -Go anytime. Go at your own pace -Great bang for your buck. Get the revolutionary adventure for a fraction of the price of other tours.
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Boston's Freedom Trail - Smart Phone guided (GPS) walking tour - go anytime

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Interactive, immersive and on demand experience of the classic Freedom Trail on your phone. High quality narration. 1 purchase works on 4 phones (iOS and Android) Simply go to the Boston Common Visitors Center, press play and put your phone in your pocket. From there you are guided turn by turn along the revolutionary streets of Boston covering the classic tour of the freedom trial. Listen on headphones, bluetooth speakers or your phone. What makes this tour special? -The revolutionary narrators are fantastic. And the sound editing will make you forget it's technology that's guiding you. - It's guided by your personal tour guide (AKA the WalknTours technology tour technology) -This is not a fact dumping tour. It's a freedom trail adventure. -Go anytime. -Great bang for your buck.
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Boston Freedom Trail GPS Self-Guided Audio Walk on Your Phone

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Boston Freedom Trail GPS Self-Guided Audio Walk on Your Phone

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Walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes, discover the story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride, and relive the fight for American Independence with a self-guided audio tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail! Journey back in time to historic Boston in the days of George Washington, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and their revolutionary collaborators. As you walk along the Freedom Trail, learn about everything from Boston Common to Bunker Hill -- and everything in between, at your own pace. Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour. When you arrive, go to the Boston Common Visitor Center, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route for the best experience. Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking! This tour doesn’t include entrance to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.
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Private Freedom Trail and Boston Tours Self Guided Tours Package

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Explore Boston, Cambridge, Cape Ann, and more! This package covers Boston's iconic Freedom Trail (Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, & more), Harvard University, the Harborwalk, and a scenic waterfront drive around nearby Cape Ann. This is the ultimate "must-do" package for a trip to Boston and New England. This self-guided tour allows you to explore Boston’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility and value. ----- Recommended: Purchase one tour per vehicle. Everyone can listen at the same time! ----- Within 30 mins we'll send you a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and then download the tour inside. Head over to the first stop. Launch the app and simply follow the instructions from there! Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience. Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking!
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Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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Explore elegant neighborhoods, historic streets, and American landmarks on a Boston walking tour from the Back Bay to Beacon Hill and downtown portions of the Freedom Trail. Learn about Boston’s history and culture as you stroll brownstone-lined avenues and walk the shady paths of the Boston Public Garden. Step into Boston’s Revolutionary history in the churches, cemeteries, and battlegrounds of the American struggle for independence.
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Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

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Explore Boston in a way that interests you on a private walking tour that can be customized to your preferences. You'll follow a flexible itinerary tailored to include attractions that you want to see, such as Boston Common, Freedom Trail, or Copley Square. If you don't have specific interests, you can leave the itinerary up to your guide. Either way, this is a chance to enjoy Boston's history and charm with a guide all to yourself.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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