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A Day of History

Welcome to Boston, Massachusetts, home of the American Revolution.  Walk the Freedom Trail and visit landmarks of the Revolutionary Era, including the site of the Boston Massacre, famous Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere’s House, the storied steeple of the Old North Church, and Old Ironsides.  Along the way you will pass through burying grounds where Sons of Liberty are interred.

The Freedom Trail

Meet your costume guide and walk the Freedom Trail into history

Paul Revere and Old North Church

Relive Paul Revere's ride in front of the Old North Church

Path of Presidents

Reveals an unparalleled catalogue of presidential history in Greater Boston.

Faneuil Hall

Have a chat with Samuel Adams in front Faneuil Hall

Step off the Trail and visit the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum to learn about the most important event leading up to the Revolutionary War.  At the museum, take part in a raucous town hall meeting, watch King George III debate Sam Adams, and throw tea overboard!  A cherished treasure on display is one of the original chests of tea thrown into Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773.

Tea Party Ship Guides

The guides are ready to share our history with you

Throwing Tea

Go back in time and throw tea in the harbor

If architectural tours interest you then Boston by Foot will bring you through iconic neighborhoods such as Back Bay and Beacon Hill.  Explore the city’s distinctive architectural styles of the Colonial Era, Federalist Era, and of course the Victorian brownstones of Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street.  On Beacon Hill, visitors view the most photographed street in America, the lavish décor of Louisburg Square, and historic sites along the Black Heritage Trail.  Beyond Beacon Hill is the Charles River.  

Acorn Street

Acorn Street, don't forget your camera

Black Heritage Trail

With National Park Service Ranger or self guided

MIT

Strata at MIT

Charles River Boat

See the City from the Charles River view.

Boston is full of history and home to the nation’s oldest bar, restaurant, and continuously-operated hotel!  The nation’s oldest professional ballpark, Fenway Park, is open for tours, as is the nation’s oldest college Harvard University.  Want to get spooked?  Go on a ghost tour!  Interested in Presidents? Visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Dorchester and the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy.  Boston is a treasure trove of historical landmarks, sites and museums covering 4 centuries!

John F. Kennedy Museum & Library

Experience of John F. Kennedy’s life, legacy, and leadership

Haunted Ghost Tour

Tours take you on a journey through the spookiest places in the city.

Boston Firsts

Boston's history holds a lot of Firsts...

Atlascope

Atlascope is a tool for exploring historic urban maps in metropolitan Boston and telling stories...

Beacon Hill Walking Tour

From the golden dome of the State House to the elegant homes of Louisburg Square, the Beacon Hill...

Boston by Little Feet

This child's-eye view of the Freedom Trail's architecture and history is especially designed for...

Boston Common Visitor Center - Now Open

The Boston Common Visitor Center is Now Open!! While visiting Boston, visit our Information Centers...

Boston Public Library: Art & Architecture Virtual Booklet

Boston Public Library is pleased to announce the creation of an expansive new booklet celebrating...

Civics at Home

Make a Difference These activities for children and families encourage young people to think about...

Experience the Freedom Trail Now

The Freedom Trail official historic sites, Freedom Trail Foundation, National Parks of Boston and...

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is Open

America’s “first open marketplace” has reopened. On behalf of all the merchants at Faneuil Hall...

Freedom Trail Foundation - Virtual Tours Live!

Virtual Tours Live! With an engaging historian as your guide, “visit” 12 official historic sites...

Freedom Trail Foundation Resources

This Day in History videos provide mini-history lessons for each day of the year by typing in the...

Freedom Trail Foundation Virtual Programs

The Freedom Trail® and Black Heritage Trail® have rich opportunities for everyone to learn and...

Freedom Trail Foundation's Classrooms Live

The Freedom Trail Foundation's new Classrooms Live! offers teachers the opportunity to invite a...

Heart of the Freedom Trail Walking Tour

The perfect introduction to the history of Boston! This 60-minute walking tour of the Freedom Trail...

Historic Tour of the Freedom Trail

Safely join a 90-minute walking tour of the Historic Freedom Trail! This tour will be covering the...

History at Home

Stay curious and engaged with Plimoth's virtual workshops! We’re taking Plimoth’s award-winning...

Imagining the Age of Phillis

Revolutionary Spaces commissioned a short film series called Imagining the Age of Phillis to bring a...

JFK Library from Home: Analyzing a Jacob Lawrence Painting

For Middle and High School Audiences: Throughout history, the experiences of those who have...

JFK Library from Home: Revisit a Kennedy Vacation Spot in Puzzle

This week's jigsaw puzzle features a sunny scene on Cape Cod, and six of the Kennedy family's dogs!...

JFK Library's Teaching And Learning Tuesdays

The department of education and public programs is dedicated to providing additional support to...

Lexington Visitor Center: Walking Tours

The Lexington Visitors Center is now open for the 2021 season! Let our costumed guides transport you...

Nature as Artist: A Harvard Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour

We are happy to announce a new self-guided, virtual tour along the theme of "Nature as Artist."...

Old South Meeting House & Old State House - Now Open

Built in 1729, the Old South Meeting House was a Congregational church and the largest gathering...

Podcast: Celebrating the Nineteenth Amendment with the Women of History series

Join us as we explore the trials and triumphs of women with significant connections to the Christian...

Sian Evans with maiden Voyages: Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women Who Traveled to Work

At the peak of summer, join us for an afternoon journey back to the early twentieth century and the...

Take a Virtual Tour of Harvard

Virtual Tours of Harvard "The Hahvahd Tour," our public tour of Harvard Harvard University is now...

The Death & Dying Ghost Tour

The Death and Dying Tour is the only ghost tour for adults only, this is the perfect tour for those...

The Ghosts of our (Founding) Fathers Haunted Pub Crawl

Spend the evening chases the spirits of our Founding Fathers on our Haunted Pub Crawl of Boston's...

The JFK Library: #JFKLfromhome

Learn more about the life and legacy of president John F. Kennedy virtually through a variety of...

The Shot Heard Round the World

This microsite will transport you back in time through eye-witness artifacts, including one of the...

Virtual Cultural Experiences in Freedom's Way

Enjoy virtual cultural experiences in Freedom's Way National Heritage Area! The story of Freedom’s...

Virtual Tour of The Fairbanks House

The Fairbanks House is the oldest known wooden structure in North America. Tree ring dating shows...

Virtual Tour: Adams National Historical Park

ADAMS NHP provides "an extraordinary window into the personal lives of two presidential families;...

Visit Mt. Auburn Cemetery

More than 200,000 visitors of all ages come to Mount Auburn each year to visit the graves of those...

Architecture Cruises

This 90-minute tour, hosted by Charles Riverboat Company, offers spectacular views of historic and...

Tour Harvard Square Safely!

Are you looking for an in-person experience, we are still offering public walking tours of Harvard...

Boston's LGBTQ Past

A gay and lesbian culture flourished in Boston, in private homes, the theatre, coffee houses, the...

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum - Now Open

The JFK Library and Museum will begin Phase One of reopening starting July 3, 2021. Visiting hours...

Rethinking Boston Brutalism

Like it or hate it, Boston is unarguably a center for Brutalism in America. Building with concrete...

Historic Pub Crawl

Revolutionary ideas may have come from speeches at Faneuil Hall or a meeting of the Sons of Liberty,...

Virtual Summer Research Stay-At-Home

Do you find you have more time than ever to work on family history but don’t know where to start?...

Remarkable Women of Jamaica Plain

Travel through the lovely Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain and discover some truly remarkable...

South Boston's Broadway

South Boston has played a major part in Boston’s history from the occupation of Dorchester Heights...

Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America

The plan was as idealistic as it was audacious, and utterly unprecedented. Take thousands of hard-up...

Stories from the Archives: Family Bible Records

Family bibles are not only treasured heirlooms, but they can also provide key genealogical...

John Maclean with Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River

A memoir about the power of place to shape generations, Home Waters is John N. Maclean's remarkable...

Saint Anthony's Feast

We are excited to announce that the City of Boston has given the green light to hold the 2021 Saint...

Taverns to Tea Houses

Just as Boston grew from its pastures and wharfs, so did a hunger to create and establish epicurean...

Researching German Ancestors: Records, Resources, and Repositories

Germans have been emigrating to America since the seventeenth century and today are the largest...

First Flag Ceremony, First Flag Raising, and Grand Union Flag

Grand Union Flag Raising – First Flag Raising A Reenactment of the Raising of America’s First...