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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...

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...

Boston's Irish Heritage Trail

The Irish have been making history in Boston since the 17 th century, and the city’s Irish Heritage...

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 Re-Opening

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

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...

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...

Irish Women of Massachusetts

In addition to Irish Heritage Month, March is also Women’s History Month, making this a perfect...

Jazz Scene In Boston: Telling The Local Story

The Museum of African American History celebrates Boston's rich jazz history in this exhibit! Jazz,...

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...

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 North Church: 99% Sure Series

We're excited to launch a new web series, "99% Sure" all about the history, people, and events that...

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...

Take a Virtual Tour of Harvard

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

The JFK Library: #JFKLfromhome

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

The Museum of African American History: An Online Exploration

Immerse yourself in Afro-American history and heritage with the Museum of African American History's...

Tour Harvard Square Safely!

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

USS Constitution Goes Virtual: Daily Virtual Tours

The USS Constitution Museum brings the Museum to you even if it is currently closed to the public to...

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...

Let’s Talk Womxn of Boston

Parity. Power. Positive Collaboration. Let's Talk Womxn of of Boston invite you to a surprise...

Climate in Words and Numbers: How Early Americans Recorded Weather in Almanacs

As we begin to consider climate as an everyday problem, it's valuable to see how people did that in...

Harriet Tubman: A Portrait of an American Freedom Fighter

Famous during her lifetime and memorialized since her death in 1913, Harriet Tubman’s importance has...

Historic Pub Crawl

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

A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn

For 17 years, A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn has entertained and enlightened audiences...

Confronting Racial Injustice: Redlining: From Slavery to $8 in 400 Years

n 2015, the Boston Federal Reserve found the median net worth for Black families in Boston was $8,...

Old House Do's and Don'ts

Join Historic New England’s Team Leader for Preservation Services, Carissa Demore, for an...

Celebrate! with Celtic Bells - The Irish in Boston at JFK

Listen to the story of Irish immigrants in Boston, weaving in songs and poems of work, humor,...

The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World’s Lost Treasures

Nathan Raab describes his years as the Sherlock Holmes of historical artifacts and he shows us what...

The Boston Massacre: A Family History

A dramatic untold ‘people’s history’ of the storied event that helped trigger the American...

Old North Church- How Fears of “Passing” Changed the 1930 U.S. Census

Completing the United States Census is a core element of active citizenship. Census numbers impact...

Old North Church Lantern 2021

Lantern2021, a virtual family-friendly event, will celebrate the heroic actions of April 18, 1775...

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...