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Old South Meeting House

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Address: 310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108-4616
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+1 617-482-6439
10:00 - 16:00
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   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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1773...Boston Tea Party...Protest Meetings=FREEDOM From The English

This place is located on the Freedom Trail and down the street from The Kings Chapel. Early on this was a Puritan meeting house. Just prior the American Revolution in 1773 this... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2016
Richard S
Scottsdale, Arizona
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Bristol, Connecticut
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

The old South Meeting House started out as Puritan church and then was the place where the Boston Tea Party was planned. Gorgeous brick building with a white steeple, very stark and boxy. Popped in for some information. The tickets for seniors cost $5.00, but you can buy a combination ticket that allows entrance into the Paul Revere House and... More 

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Bristol, WI
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

The Old South Meeting House is well worth the price of admittance, especially if combined with the Paul Revere House and the Old State House. Inside, the tall white pews immerse you in a different time where Bostonians gathered. The displays tell stories of several prominent Bostonians and the issues of the day. Unlike in some sites, the cell phone... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

This is a large room with pews and a podium, and they've put some displays in the back of the room with some history about the building. 15-20 minutes is plenty of time. There is a pretty decent gift shop on the lower level, but anything that is "Boston" and not "Meeting House" stuff can be found at any gift... More 

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Reviewed 25 August 2016

I liked the display on Phillis Wheatley, a published poet who was a member of this church before the Revolution. I enjoyed the quote by Justice Hand. They had a thought-provoking adventure for children, set out by grade levels, where the kids looked for items in the room. I felt honored to see one original pew. Another display, however, really... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

This is a great little museum packed with information and not overwhelming. It's also very inexpensive at $6. Very interesting information to see how Old South has evolved over time and the important things that happened. Loved seeing the pews and how your status dictated where you sat!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

This place is located on the Freedom Trail and down the street from The Kings Chapel. Early on this was a Puritan meeting house. Just prior the American Revolution in 1773 this was a Patriot meeting place and the Boston Tea Party was organized here. The charge to enter is $6.00 for adults. Children up to 17 are free. There... More 

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Reviewed 14 August 2016

Well set out and we learnt a great deal hear about the history of Boston and the fight for independence and against the salve trade. Recommend

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Brantford, Canada
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

This was included in my Go Boston card so I didn't have to pay, but I wouldn't pay the asking price to go inside otherwise. There aren't any guided tours inside and the displays are good but few. I kept wondering if I was missing something. The Old North Church is smaller, but cheaper and more interesting.

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Weatherford, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

This is an interesting place to spend a bit of time. The interior is rather stark as fitting a Puritan house of worship. The exhibit related to freedom of speech was worth taking the time to read.

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Bangor, Maine
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

Any walking tour of the Freedom Trail requires a visit to the place where the Tea Party was planned!

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