Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House Famed 1729 National Historic Landmark where the Boston Tea Party began in 1773.
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Visit the famed, National Historic Landmark where the Boston Tea Party began in 1773. Within the walls of Old South Meeting House, meeting by meeting, vote by vote, a revolution began. Visit to experience one of the nation's most important colonial landmarks. On exhibit: Historic 3-D model of colonial Boston showing the Patriots' route to the harbor; John Hancock's portable writing desk; first edition 1773 book by slave & poet Phillis Wheatley; and many more rare revolutionary artifacts and historic documents. Old South Meeting House is an independent, non-profit museum and historic site funded by individuals like you; The Massachusetts Cultural Council (www.massculturalcouncil.org), a state agency; The Lowell Institute; The Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati; and other public and private foundations and corporations. A legislated partner in Boston National Historical Park, Old South Meeting House participates in the Passport program as an official Passport Cancellation Station. _______________________________ Admission: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors/Students, $1 Children (ages 6-17), under age 6 FREE. Free for OSMH Museum Members. Freedom Trail Ticket Available: Includes discounted admission to Old South Meeting House, Old State House Museum and the Paul Revere House. $13 adults ($6.50 savings!), $2 children. Available at Old South Meeting House.

Hi folks! Since we merged with the Bostonian Society in January, we'll be posting all Old South Meeting House and Old St...
04/29/2020

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04/17/2020

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Take a look at Revolutionary Spaces' blog for a deeper look at the Great Fire of 1872, and how ordinary Bostonians leape...
04/14/2020
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Take a look at Revolutionary Spaces' blog for a deeper look at the Great Fire of 1872, and how ordinary Bostonians leaped to action in the face of that crisis.

And remember to follow Revolutionary Spaces for all updates on Old South and the Old State House!

Like all of us, the Old State House and Old South Meeting House have been through their fair share of challenges.

On our blog today, take a deeper look at just one of the many instances when ordinary Bostonians leaped to action in the face of crisis - the Great Fire of 1872.

Wise words from Phillis Wheatley.Remember to follow Revolutionary Spaces for all updates in these times of social distan...
03/26/2020

Wise words from Phillis Wheatley.

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As days and nights start blending together, we turn to the words of Phillis Wheatley. She may have been looking at the Western and Eastern skies between the Old State House - close to the Wheatley family home - and Old South Meeting House - where she attended church every Sunday - when she wrote her poem “A Hymn to the Evening,” with its description of one day’s end and anticipation of the next day’s beginning.

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Soon as the sun forsook the eastern main
The pealing thunder shook the heav'nly plain;
Majestic grandeur! From the zephyr's wing,
Exhales the incense of the blooming spring.
Soft purl the streams, the birds renew their notes,
And through the air their mingled music floats.
Through all the heav'ns what beauteous dies are spread!
But the west glories in the deepest red:
So may our breasts with ev'ry virtue glow,
The living temples of our God below!
Fill'd with the praise of him who gives the light,
And draws the sable curtains of the night,
Let placid slumbers sooth each weary mind,
At morn to wake more heav'nly, more refin'd;
So shall the labours of the day begin
More pure, more guarded from the snares of sin.
Night's leaden sceptre seals my drowsy eyes,
Then cease, my song, till fair Aurora rise.

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Read more about Phillis Wheatley via the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/phillis-wheatley

Becoming a Revolutionary Spaces member gives you the opportunity to connect with the history and continuing practice of ...
03/24/2020

Becoming a Revolutionary Spaces member gives you the opportunity to connect with the history and continuing practice of democracy through the intertwined stories of two of the nation’s most iconic sites – Boston’s Old South Meeting House and Old State House.

https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/membership/

As we grapple with uncertainty in this pandemic, we're finding new ways to connect in the chaos. Becoming a Revolutionary Spaces member gives you the opportunity to connect with the history and continuing practice of democracy through the intertwined stories of two of the nation’s most iconic sites – Boston’s Old South Meeting House and Old State House.

While we can't be together in person right now, we're exploring new ways to connect virtually, and will roll out new member-exclusive content soon.

Your support is vital in helping us bring people together, and we couldn't do this without you.

https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/membership/

It's lovely to relive In Mo Yang's 2018 #MusicattheMeetingHouse performance. Follow Revolutionary Spaces for more ways t...
03/22/2020
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It's lovely to relive In Mo Yang's 2018 #MusicattheMeetingHouse performance.

Follow Revolutionary Spaces for more ways to stay connected in these times of social distancing!

In these times of social distancing, it's apparent how much we start to miss the ability to gather together. Though we can't gather in-person, we can still share common experiences, like In Mo Yang's 2018 performance for Music at the Meeting House.

Grab some pancakes and coffee, and listen to these soothing sounds from Old South Meeting House.

Thanks to WGBH Forum Network for helping us relive this moment and stay connected!

03/19/2020
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#ThrowbackThursday to just a couple of weeks ago when we commemorated the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre.

Watch Mayor Marty Walsh talk about Revolutionary Spaces and Boston's diverse communities.

“Your name Revolutionary Spaces says it all - something that is really important. A revolutionary history isn’t just about the past, it inspires Boston to be a revolution today, for medical treatments that heal people, for leading the fight in social justice.”

Hear more from our mayor Marty Walsh about how Boston’s diverse communities made it the city it is today.

#BostonMassacre250

03/17/2020
WGBH Forum Network

As we adjust to this new normal of social distancing, follow Revolutionary Spaces for updates and digital content related to Old South Meeting House and the Old State House!

"Bostonians were deeply divided in 1770," said Nat Sheidley about the city's reaction after the #BostonMassacre "But they came together in this great hall every March 5th in order to fashion their loss into a powerful sense of shared purpose."

Watch more via Revolutionary Spaces to see what we can learn from history in moments of crisis: https://forum-network.org/lectures/commemorating-250th-anniversary-boston-massacre/

Old South Meeting House and the Old State House will be closed to the public tomorrow through March 31. More info: https...
03/12/2020
Revolutionary Spaces

Old South Meeting House and the Old State House will be closed to the public tomorrow through March 31.

More info: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/covid19-closure/

🚨 The Old State House and Old South Meeting House will be CLOSED through March 31, and all events in that time period are canceled. Leadership will continue monitoring the situation and reassess closures within the next two weeks.

The primary tool for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 is to promote social distancing. Revolutionary Spaces' work is rooted in bringing people together to learn, explore, and debate at two of our nation's most iconic historic sites. At this time, we cannot continue this work without threatening the well-being of the community to which we belong.

More info below ⬇️

This last week was packed with moving, meaningful, and memorable commemorations of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston M...
03/10/2020

This last week was packed with moving, meaningful, and memorable commemorations of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Remember to follow Revolutionary Spaces for all updates!

Credit: Justin Saglio

Join us this Thursday! And follow Revolutionary Spaces for all updates and upcoming events!
03/09/2020
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Join us this Thursday! And follow Revolutionary Spaces for all updates and upcoming events!

Don't worry, we'll post more photos from last week's #BostonMassacre250 excitement soon, but If you just can't get enough interpretation of the Boston Massacre, join us THIS THURSDAY at Old South Meeting House to witness Dr. Joseph Warren's barn-burning 1775 oration, contextualized for today's audience.

As we commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre this week, we remember the events of the night of March 5...
03/02/2020
Revolutionary Spaces

As we commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre this week, we remember the events of the night of March 5, 1770. Hear more from Revolutionary Spaces President & CEO Nat Sheidley on HUB History.

President & CEO Nat Sheidley sat down with the HUB History podcast to remember the events of the #BostonMassacre on its anniversary week. Listen to what Revolutionary Spaces is doing to commemorate its history and impact at our upcoming March 5 and March 7 events.

#BostonMassacre250

One week from today we commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Follow Revolutionary Spaces for updates...
02/27/2020

One week from today we commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Follow Revolutionary Spaces for updates!

Next Thursday marks the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre. To commemorate this historic event, we have several programs coming up, including:

March 5 - Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre: a few tickets are still available!

March 7 - 2020 Boston Massacre Reenactment

March 12 - Sanguinary Theatre: Dr. Joseph Warren & his Massacre Oration

We hope you'll join us at one of these events. And stay tuned for even more events and programs at the Old State House and Old South Meeting House soon!

Reserve your tickets now for How Long Must We Wait?, presented by Revolutionary Spaces, in partnership with History At P...
02/26/2020

Reserve your tickets now for How Long Must We Wait?, presented by Revolutionary Spaces, in partnership with History At Play and Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts, Inc..

We hope to see you on March 24!

We are thrilled to announce a FREE performance of "How Long Must We Wait?" in partnership with Revolutionary Spaces and the Old South Meeting House. This family-friendly presentation will take place at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108, with a reception at 6:30 pm and performance at 7 on Tuesday, March 24th. Easy $9 parking after 4:00 pm at the Garage at Post Office Square! Event is free but reservations are requested at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-long-must-we-wait-tickets-92784564129

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Don't miss this event with Revolutionary Spaces. Reserve your seat at the Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the ...
02/24/2020
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Don't miss this event with Revolutionary Spaces. Reserve your seat at the Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre now!

More FREE tickets to the Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre were just released! Claim your seat now to honor those who lost their lives on March 5, 1770, and to reflect on how our most difficult national memories can inspire us to reach for our highest American ideals. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-massacre-250th-anniversary-commemoration-tickets-95405922683

The background of this image is the center of a marker in front of the Old State House. The text is from a speech given ...
02/05/2020

The background of this image is the center of a marker in front of the Old State House. The text is from a speech given here at the Old South Meeting House. The #BostonMassacre was a turning point in the hearts of the people of Boston, and whether with memorials or with words, how they chose to commemorate that tragic event helped put the Colonies on the path to Independence.

March 5 marks the 250th anniversary of the #BostonMassacre. This year, while we reflect on the lives lost and the impact of that night on the move toward Independence, we will also explore how we remember people and events and why we commit so much to commemoration.

01/08/2020
Revolutionary Spaces

What a perfect space to talk about bringing people together. The Old South Meeting House has always been a gathering place for people to speak out and engage with their community, and our future with Revolutionary Spaces will continue that tradition.

"I think what's most exciting is an opportunity to reach new audiences and to bring people together with us to have a conversation about what this history means and how it can serve us moving forward."

"The work of democracy is the focus... what does it say that we are part of a democracy?"Thanks to The Boston Globe for ...
01/07/2020
Two Freedom Trail destinations joining forces - The Boston Globe

"The work of democracy is the focus... what does it say that we are part of a democracy?"

Thanks to The Boston Globe for helping spread the word about this exciting new direction!

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House, which together attract more than 200,000 visitors a year, have joined to form a new organization called Revolutionary Spaces.

We’re excited to announce our merger with the The Bostonian Society to create Revolutionary Spaces, a dynamic new cultur...
01/07/2020

We’re excited to announce our merger with the The Bostonian Society to create Revolutionary Spaces, a dynamic new cultural resource unlike any other. Follow Revolutionary Spaces and visit RevolutionarySpaces.org to learn more.

Happy New Year!
12/31/2019

Happy New Year!

12/29/2019

We will be closed on December 31 and January 1. Stop in to see us on Monday before the decade ends or we'll see you in 2020!

Now is the time! Go! Go, or you'll be left behind!#TossThatTeaMore: ow.ly/Hmuv50xxAgt
12/16/2019

Now is the time! Go! Go, or you'll be left behind!
#TossThatTea
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#OTD in 1773, Samuel Adams, seen here giving Governor Thomas Hutchinson what for, waits to hear whether the tea ships wo...
12/16/2019

#OTD in 1773, Samuel Adams, seen here giving Governor Thomas Hutchinson what for, waits to hear whether the tea ships would be allowed to depart without unloading. When he hears Francis Rotch's report, he says "This meeting can do nothing more to save our country!," a signal to the Sons of Liberty to #TossThatTea.
#TeaStories
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Tonight's the night and we are SOLD OUT! Find your warm gloves, a good pair of walking shoes, and get ready to #TossThat...
12/16/2019

Tonight's the night and we are SOLD OUT! Find your warm gloves, a good pair of walking shoes, and get ready to #TossThatTea!

More info: ow.ly/Hmuv50xxAgt

Governor Thomas Hutchinson was a Boston native, and two of his sons had been appointed consignees of the tea shipment. A...
12/16/2019

Governor Thomas Hutchinson was a Boston native, and two of his sons had been appointed consignees of the tea shipment. At the time of the Tea Party, he was away at his country seat in Milton, missing all the action.
#TossThatTea
#TeaStories
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TOMORROW! Hear the voices of the people and join the march to the wharf when we #TossThatTea!Tix & more: ow.ly/Hmuv50xxA...
12/15/2019

TOMORROW! Hear the voices of the people and join the march to the wharf when we #TossThatTea!

Tix & more: ow.ly/Hmuv50xxAgt

#OTD in 1773, all three tea ships were assembled at Griffin’s Wharf and waiting to be unloaded, the colonists were not w...
12/15/2019

#OTD in 1773, all three tea ships were assembled at Griffin’s Wharf and waiting to be unloaded, the colonists were not willing to pay the tax on the shipment, and the deadline for payment was about to bring the kettle to a boil.
#TossThatTea
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After the third Body of the People meeting #OTD in 1773, Francis Rotch is sent to ask customs officials to let his ships...
12/14/2019

After the third Body of the People meeting #OTD in 1773, Francis Rotch is sent to ask customs officials to let his ships, the Dartmouth and the Beaver, depart without unloading. They, uh, they did not like that idea.
#TeaStories
#TossThatTea
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In a letter published in the Boston Gazette #OTD in 1773, Philadelphia threw shade at Boston, admonishing our merchants ...
12/13/2019

In a letter published in the Boston Gazette #OTD in 1773, Philadelphia threw shade at Boston, admonishing our merchants for not resigning their commissions to sell the East India Company’s tea as they had in NY and Philly.
#TossThatTea
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You don't want this to be you, looking back with spiteful regret that you missed your chance to #TossThatTea. Don't be t...
12/12/2019
Old South Association in Boston

You don't want this to be you, looking back with spiteful regret that you missed your chance to #TossThatTea. Don't be this guy, get your tickets now.

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When did they start calling it the "Boston Tea Party?" The term was coined in 1827 when Joshua Wyeth told his story to a...
12/11/2019

When did they start calling it the "Boston Tea Party?" The term was coined in 1827 when Joshua Wyeth told his story to a newspaper in Ohio, describing a night so dark that they could not recognize each other's soot-smeared faces.
#TeaStories
#TossThatTea
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John Crane's Tea Party compatriots wrongly thought they had lost him when he was hit on the head by a suspended block an...
12/10/2019

John Crane's Tea Party compatriots wrongly thought they had lost him when he was hit on the head by a suspended block and tackle. Bet Alanis could sing a verse about a man with his name being hurt by a device used to lift heavy loads.
#TossThatTea
#TeaStories
#ItsLikeCraaaaaaaane

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There are lots of seats in the OSMH, but you'll need a ticket to take part in the Body of the People Meeting. Just one w...
12/09/2019

There are lots of seats in the OSMH, but you'll need a ticket to take part in the Body of the People Meeting. Just one week until we #TossThatTea!
Tix & more: http://ow.ly/TLMP50xvCxk

We saw the third ship come sailing in #OTD in 1773. The Beaver arrives in Boston Harbor with 112 chests of tea, but a sm...
12/07/2019

We saw the third ship come sailing in #OTD in 1773. The Beaver arrives in Boston Harbor with 112 chests of tea, but a smallpox outbreak onboard diverts them to Rainsford Island to be quarantined until they're deemed safe to dock.
#TossThatTea
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Don't forget to stop by our Holiday Open House today! Free admission all day. Learn about Boston 250 years ago with fun ...
12/07/2019

Don't forget to stop by our Holiday Open House today! Free admission all day. Learn about Boston 250 years ago with fun activities for all ages, enjoy a complimentary cup of DAVIDsTEA, and get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping! Jazz concert by New England Conservatory quartet begins at 11:30. From 10:30-12:30, meet 18th century Bostonians visiting from Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Giant map puzzle courtesy of Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library

Address

310 Washington St
Boston, MA
02108

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 16:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday 09:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(617) 482-6439

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Photos from last Night's "Orations" are on my FB page and Thank You for a Fun & Educational Evening!
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Dr. Benjamin Franklin, born on Milk Street next to the Old South Meeting House, daily posts items from his almanacs, letters, and other writings, and occasionally from the writings of his contemporaries. Of the things he posts, some are rather wise, some are otherwise, but all, in some wise, he hopes are useful; either entertaining or enlightening. Please visit his page. If you see what you like, then "like" what you see. As a publisher of almanacs and newspapers, and a natural philosopher, Dr. Franklin knows that improved circulation is good for his heart!
Good Morning and Happy Friday!!! FYI, I'm in the process of building a model village of Boston from the 1770's. I'm using 3/4" square wooden dowels for the frames of my structures, 1/4" plywood for my walls/floors, thin pine wood for shingles and/or siding, and I'm also using air-dry clay for the exterior environment.
What an amazing venue for my sons USMC commissioning. The staff was fantastic and the location was beautiful. Couldn’t ask for anything more! 5 ⭐️
My family's name was on the wall there. My ancestor Timothy Prout, rented a pew there in 1729. It's a special place in my family's history.
We visited in October and it is very interesting, an important place in American history. See the Posts on our page; Adventures with Penny #NewEnglandRoadTrip