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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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Still has that fighting spirit

The Old South Meeting House famous for holding the meetings opposing the taxation levied on tea of the Crown leading up to the Boston tea party, still stands as a symbol for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To be honest, if you've already done the Freedom Trail and the old state house then there is not much added value to visiting here as well, except you visit the actual historic building. Inside is just one room with a few interpretive panels on one side. Like I said, it doesn't add much if you leave this until last... More 

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Lucas G, Guest Relations Manager at Old South Meeting House, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with the scaffolding in the space, but are happy to report that our ceiling restoration project was completed on 3/4/2017. The impact on the space is spectacular! In addition to our substantial exhibit on the history and heritage of free speech at Old South Meeting House, we are pleased to offer scavenger... More 

Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Old South Meeting House famous for holding the meetings opposing the taxation levied on tea of the Crown leading up to the Boston tea party, still stands as a symbol for freedom of speech and has done so for generations. I would have given this a five star rating if not for the renovations but I'm sure it will... More 

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

I highly recommend visiting the Old South Meeting House for any history fan. It is the site of protests after the Boston Massacre that led to the Boston Tea Party. There are film and artifact exhibits on site to educate visitors.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Experience the place that changed American history forever the Old South Meeting House There are popular interactive programs. Reenact the Boston Tea Party meeting and explore the protest of free speech in American history.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

While this isn't the most exciting place that I've ever seen, it's still a place worth stopping at. This is the meeting house and church where people met to discuss, debate, and plan the beginnings of the American Revolution. It doesn't take very long to see: At most an hour, but you can probably do it in less. There are... More 

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Bath, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Forty years of visiting Boston and never stopped in. What a mistake and what a surprise! So much of American history packed into one building. Give your self an hour or more. Interactive displays as well as guided tours. One of the oldest buildings in America.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

First of all, this charming 3-story house within 2 blocks of Quincy Market was built in 1713 and retains its original charm. You get in free to the museum inside with a historical trolley tour ticket. The spiral staircase runs the entire 3 stories and each level is very well preserved. It contains one of Paul Revere's lanterns, a cannon... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

There is really not a whole lot to see but if you are a history buff and want to be in the place where tax protests lead to the Boston Tea Party then this is for you.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The building is original and gives you a good feeling for the atmosphere of the times. Being able to walk and sit in history's footsteps makes the past more real and present

1 Thank Josh B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

This historic old church is worth a visit as you a strolling through Boston. Perhaps not the highlight in a city with so much history, but it is on the freedom trail. When you get there step across the road and look at the memorial to the Irish Famine and Boston's response to that famine. it is quite well done... More 

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