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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...

Black Is... 2022: Boston Public Library Booklist

As part of the Boston Public Library's annual observance of Black History Month "Black Is..." is a...

Boston Common Visitor Center - Open Daily

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

Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment

What role did drawings and prints play during the Enlightenment era, from roughly 1720 to 1800? Dare...

Freedom Trail Foundation Virtual Programs

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

Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward

Come face to face with portraits of Egyptians who lived during the Roman period and discover what...

Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy

Today there are an estimated 7.6 million Jewish Americans living in the country, the majority of...

How Do You See the World? + Mapparium™ experience

How Do You See the World? features compelling stories about global progress—how individuals...

Imagining the Age of Phillis

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

King's Chapel - Guided Crypt and Sanctuary Tours

Guided by our team of knowledgeable and passionate Historic Site Educators,  tours lead...

Lexington Visitor Center: Walking Tours

Let our costumed guides transport you back in time to 1775 as they share the events that occurred on...

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...

Read & Work at the Athenaeum

Purchase a Day Pass to this National Landmark library and cultural center with stunning reading...

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 Boston - All Ages Tour

Our All-Ages Ghosts of Boston Tour takes you on a family-friendly journey through the city,...

The Shot Heard Round the World

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

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...

A Tale of the Coolidges, The Algonquin Club of Boston, and American Memory

This is a hybrid event. In person, $10 per person fee, no charge for MHS Members, Algonquin Club...

Boston by Little Feet

Travel through 300 years of history on this fun and interactive tour of Boston's Freedom Trail....

Slightly Spooky Tour

This tour combines true tales from Salem’s past with some mild ghost stories just for kids. Our aim...

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum - Summer Hours

The JFK Library and Museum is open open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. -...

Tour Harvard Square

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

Boston's Latino Pioneers / Los Pioneros Latinos de Boston

Join us for a screening of the film "Boston's Latino Pioneers" followed by a panel discussion...

JP Women Who Made History Walking Tour

Back by popular demand (since it was last given in 1991!) this tour will highlight the many women...

Tour of the Freedom Trail: The Anthony Burns Story

On May 24th, 1854, A Black man named Anthony Burns was arrested on the charge of robbing a...

Materials Lab Workshop: Making Faces

This workshop accompanies the exhibition Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward , which...

Walking Tour: 19th Century Black Voices on Beacon Hill

Truth, passion, bravery and hope. Discover stories of Boston’s Black writers who were laser-focused...

Benjamin Franklin Butler: A Noisy, Fearless Life

This is a hybrid event. In person, $10 per person fee, no charge for MHS Members, EBT Cardholders,...

Birthday Bash: Happy 225th Birthday USS Constitution!

Happy Birthday USS Constitution! On October 21, 1797 USS Constitution slipped into the waters of...

Research Projects at the MHS Sponsored by the Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts

Speakers: Aabid Allibhai, Harvard University Daniel Bottino, Rutgers University Rev. Dr. Christian...

A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the Failure of Leadership

The 1692 Salem trials are infamous for being the greatest witch hunt in American history. What led...

Celebrate the Legacy of Abigail Adams - Statue Dedication

Mayor Tom Koch and the City of Quincy will honor the legacy of the Second First Lady of the United...

Book Madness: A Story of Book Collectors in America

Charles Lamb’s library—sixty scruffy old books singed with smoke, stripped of illustrations, and...

The Great Boston Fire: The Inferno That Nearly Incinerated the City

This is a hybrid event. In person, $10 per person fee, no charge for MHS Members, EBT Cardholders,...

Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life

Best known today for the poem “Over the River and through the Wood,” Lydia Maria Child became famous...

The Pirate's Wife: The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd

This is a hybrid event. In person, $10 per person fee, no charge for MHS Members, EBT Cardholders,...

Boston Massacre: A History in Objects and Documents

In this program, Boston University students will make brief presentations of objects and documents...

Handel + Hayden Society: A Baroque Christmas

Our musical gift for the holidays is sure to brighten your spirits with the joy of the season:...

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...