Visit Old South Meeting House, the famed 1729 meeting house where the Boston Tea Party began, one of the nation's most significant colonial landmarks, and an important stop on Boston's Freedom Trail!

Hours

  • Open daily
  • 9:30 am - 5:00 pm - April 1 through October 31
  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - November 1 through March 31
  • Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25, January 1

Admission

Coming with a group?

Get special discounted admission rates and programs for school and adult groups with advance reservations. To reserve your school's place in history, contact our Education Department at (617)482-6439 or education@osmh.org.

What to see and do at Old South Meeting House

Historic Site: Stand in the very place where the Boston Tea Party was launched in 1773.  This extraordinary 1729 Puritan Meeting House is one of the nation's most important colonial National Historic Landmarks.

Voices of Protest Exhibit: Discover compelling people who made a difference at Old South Meeting House and the history of protest and free speech that continues to this day. See tea leaves and a tea crate label from the Boston Tea Party, a popular 3-D model of colonial Boston that is over 100 years old, John Hancock's portable writing desk, a a statue of enslaved poet Phillis Wheatley and her first-edition 1773 book - and more.

Exhibit Scavenger Hunts: Explore the history and unique architecture of Old South Meeting House with a scavenger hunt. Different versions available for all ages from children to adults. Especially popular with families! Included with admission

Audio Program: Access special exhibit content from your smartphone or other device! "If these walls could speak" audio program lets you listen in on key moments from the past - the Boston Tea Party debates, British officers riding horses inside the meeting house, the Great Boston Fire of 1872 and more!  Download a free QR code reader app before your visit for your iPhone or Apple device or Android device. Included with admission using your own smartphone or device

Public Events & Programs: Hundreds of concerts, lectures, walking tours and special events throughout the year. Visit our calendar to learn more. Sign up to get email updates on upcoming events.

Museum Shop: High quality, unique and affordable items for all ages. Visit the museum shop free of charge by the entrance on Milk Street. Members get a 10% discount!

Passport to Your National Parks Program: Old South Meeting House is an official Passport Cancellation Station in the National Park Service Passport Program. The stamp and Passport Booklets are available in our Museum Shop.

Access

  • Old South Meeting House is committed to accessibility for all visitors and has been designated as an UP Organization by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Call us at 617-482-6439 with questions.
  • The historic site, exhibits, events and restrooms are accessible for visitors using wheelchairs.
  • Assistive listening system is available for most events and programs.
  • Braille information and large print exhibit text guides are available.
  • Audio program is available on your own device or smartphone using a QR code reader.

Ways to Save

  • School groups: We offer discounts and special programs to both youth and adult educational groups.
  • AAA Members: Show your AAA membership card for $1 off regular adult admission.
  • MBTA Charlie Card Discount: Show your reusable, plastic MBTA Charlie Card for $1 off regular adult admission and 10% off your museum shop purchase.
  • WGBH Boston members: Show your WGBH membership card for 2 for 1 adult admission.
  • Discounts for Teachers: Show your membership card for 2 for 1 adult admission for members of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Boston Teachers Union (BTU), Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), and National Education Association (NEA).
  • Blue Star Museum: Old South Meeting House is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to all active duty service members and their immediate family (up to 5 family members, including spouse, child or sibling.) Available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD FORM 1173, or a DD FORM 1173-1, which includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve. More information at the Blue Star Museums website.

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1729
Year Built
140+
Years as a Museum
80,000
Annual Visitors
10,000
Annual Educational Group Participants
1
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