The Commonwealth Museum

The Commonwealth Museum FREE admission, rare national treasures, engaging field trips. This museum is YOUR museum!

Located by the seafront of Columbia Point, the Commonwealth Museum serves as a state history museum in Massachusetts for the public. Our exhibit contains many important written texts and documents such as the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Paul Revere’s original engraving of the Boston Massacre and more. With neighboring John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate and the University of Massachusetts Boston all located within a 2-mile radius from the Commonwealth Museum, Columbia Point is certainly a go-to tourist attraction for child-friendly families as well as those interested in getting to know more about the history of the United States. Join us today for an exploration back to the birth of the Commonwealth!

06/07/2019
USS Constitution

What a beautiful day to see the USS Constitution!!

Beautiful day for a cruise into the harbor! Today we are underway aboard Old Ironsides to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy #DDay75. Come view our turnaround along Boston Harbor Walk, Castle Island, or Charlestown Navy Yard.

Happy National Doughnut Day!!  Celebrating with our official state doughnut, the Boston Cream Doughnut.  How are you cel...
06/07/2019

Happy National Doughnut Day!! Celebrating with our official state doughnut, the Boston Cream Doughnut. How are you celebrating?

The Friends of the Commonwealth Museum send a special thanks to  Exelon Generation for their generous support of the mus...
05/15/2019

The Friends of the Commonwealth Museum send a special thanks to Exelon Generation for their generous support of the museum’s field trip program. Exelon has provided bus funding for visiting students from the Everett Public Schools including seven groups this year. We look forward to welcoming students from Everett and across Massachusetts in the coming years.

We're excited to announce that we are among the 100 institutions across Massachusetts participating in this year's Free ...
05/07/2019

We're excited to announce that we are among the 100 institutions across Massachusetts participating in this year's Free Fun Friday initiative, thanks to our partnership with the Highland Street Foundation! Admission is free and we will be offering lots of family-friendly crafts, games, and activities on July 26th! We look forward to seeing you! For more info, visit http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays

We’re excited to reveal our 2019 #FreeFunFridays lineup today! With 100 participating venues across the Commonwealth, you’ll be able to visit many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts, from art museums to zoos, all at no cost. From June 28th through August 30th, enjoy 10 consecutive weeks with 10 options for FREE summer fun. Don't forget to share with friends and family!

http://highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays

Guilty or innocent?Students from St. Brendan's School learn about the Boston Massacre by reenacting the trial of the red...
03/19/2019

Guilty or innocent?

Students from St. Brendan's School learn about the Boston Massacre by reenacting the trial of the redcoats.

Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts, Inc.
02/28/2019

Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts, Inc.

We are so proud and excited to be honoring the remarkable suffragists who were jailed for exercising their freedom of speech.

12/13/2018

Shout out to the 3rd graders from Sylvester School for making awesome MA State Symbols posters!!

Do you know the state marine mammal? It’s not the wrong whale; it’s not the left whale; it’s the....

#MAStateSymbol #RightWhale #FieldTrip #Commonwealth

Thank you Parker Brothers!!  What is your favorite Monopoly playing piece?  Mine was always the horse and rider (now ret...
12/12/2018

Thank you Parker Brothers!! What is your favorite Monopoly playing piece? Mine was always the horse and rider (now retired.)

On this day in 1901, George, Charles, and Edward Parker of Salem incorporated a new game company: Parker Brothers. http://bit.ly/2nG51CY

Check out some other pics from our field trip today. Call the Museum to book a fun, educational, and interactive field t...
12/03/2018

Check out some other pics from our field trip today.

Call the Museum to book a fun, educational, and interactive field trip today!

#FieldTrip #Interactive #History #Learning

12/03/2018

Are you as excited about the holiday season as this enthusiastic 3rd grader on a field trip at our museum? This winter break, visit the Commonwealth Museum with your family and friends!

#Holidays #Museum #FieldTrip #History

Like Paul Revere's copper work? Come check out our copper plate carved by Revere depicting the Boston Massacre! https://...
11/16/2018
The Freedom Trail on Twitter

Like Paul Revere's copper work? Come check out our copper plate carved by Revere depicting the Boston Massacre!

https://twitter.com/TheFreedomTrail/status/1063432004442689543

“#FlashbackFriday This original 1776 Massachusetts Pine Tree copper penny, attributed to Paul Revere, was unearthed during an excavation in Boston's North End in the early 19th century. The coin features a "Sons of Liberty" flag pine tree and the goddess Liberty. @MHS1791”

#OTD in 1849, Dr. John C. Bennett organized the first poultry show on the Boston Public Garden.
11/15/2018

#OTD in 1849, Dr. John C. Bennett organized the first poultry show on the Boston Public Garden.

#OTD in 1776, Massachusetts state inventor Ben Franklin takes the American side in the Revolutionary war! From the St. J...
11/14/2018

#OTD in 1776, Massachusetts state inventor Ben Franklin takes the American side in the Revolutionary war! From the St. James Chronicle of London: “The very identical Dr. Franklyn... is now at the head of the rebellion in North America.”

Today we have a 3rd-grade class coming to tour our museum and learn all about Massachusetts' state symbols! We offer fre...
11/14/2018

Today we have a 3rd-grade class coming to tour our museum and learn all about Massachusetts' state symbols!

We offer free museum field trips for students grades 3-12 and in some cases provide a free bus for transportation. Check out the diverse in-museum classroom programs we offer (https://www.sec.state.ma.us/mus/field-trips.html) and share this post to spread the word! #lovelearning #MAhistory #FieldTrip #free

Twitter: @massmuseum Instagram: @commonwealthmuseum

Cool events all weekend!  See you in Boston!!
10/02/2018
Boston Occupied Schedule of Events | Revolution 250

Cool events all weekend! See you in Boston!!

Saturday, October 6, 2018 9:00 AM Hearing rumors of the Landing of the soldiers, Colonial Bostonians gather on Long Wharf 9:30 AM Landing of the British Troops at Long Wharf 10:45 AM "Insolent Parade" of Redcoats steps off from Long Wharf. 10:50 AM Governor's Levee at the Old State House – Council...

MBLC
09/17/2018

MBLC

Celebrate #ConstitutionDay and see one of the 14 original copies of the Bill of Rights at the The Commonwealth Museum at the Massachusetts State Archives! Other treasures, including the Massachusetts Constitution (which predates the US Constitution) are on display as well. http://www.sec.state.ma.us/mus/index.html

09/17/2018

Pardon our dust during the ADA upgrade in the lobby. We are open. There may be some noise and disruption related to the work.

Back to school means back to field trips! We hope you’ll make The Commonwealth Museum a part of your school year. Visi...
09/04/2018

Back to school means back to field trips! We hope you’ll make The Commonwealth Museum a part of your school year. Visit our website to browse our programs and inquire about booking today!

Free Fun Friday 2018
09/04/2018

Free Fun Friday 2018

Curious about Free Fun Friday? Check out this story to see what it’s all about! And follow us on Instagram for more up...
08/17/2018
Free Fun Friday - @commonwealthmuseum

Curious about Free Fun Friday? Check out this story to see what it’s all about! And follow us on Instagram for more updates throughout the day!

See Instagram ‘Free Fun Friday’ highlights from Commonwealth Museum (@commonwealthmuseum)

We’re participating in #FreeFunFriday10 today! Curious what that looks like? Check out our story and tag a friend who ...
08/17/2018

We’re participating in #FreeFunFriday10 today! Curious what that looks like? Check out our story and tag a friend who should come hang out with us today!

It's almost Independence Day! Come and celebrate the 4th of July by looking over one of the 14 original copies of the De...
07/03/2018

It's almost Independence Day! Come and celebrate the 4th of July by looking over one of the 14 original copies of the Declaration of Independence at the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum. See John Hancock's signature before your eyes!

06/15/2018

Today is the 238th anniversary of the approval of the Massachusetts Constitution, which is the oldest written constitution still in use!

06/15/2018

#OTD in 1648, the midwife Margaret Jones was the first person in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (the Puritan colony which would one day join Plymouth to become Massachusetts) to be executed for witchcraft.

06/11/2018

Happy 277th birthday to Dr. Joseph Warren from Roxbury, a Son of Liberty during the Revolution and the one who sent Paul Revere and others on the "midnight ride." Though he was a major general, he volunteered to fight as a private in the Battle of Bunker Hill and died there.

06/11/2018

#OTD in 1776, the Second Continental Congress appointed a committee to draft the Declaration of Independence. Of the 5 men, John Adams was a Massachusetts representative, and the PA and CT representatives had been born in Massachusetts.

06/05/2018

#OTD in 1893, Lizzie Borden was tried in New Bedford for the hatchet murder of her father and step-mother in their home in Fall River. Though Borden was acquitted, many speculate to this day that she was guilty, and the Borden murders will not be forgotten soon.

06/04/2018

#OTD in 1912, we became the first state to establish a minimum wage. Learn more about the development of workers' rights in MA history at the Commonwealth Museum!

05/21/2018

#OTD in 1881 Massachusetts native Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.

05/18/2018

#OTD in 1631, John Winthrop took the oath of office in Dorchester to become the first governor of Massachusetts!

The exhibit is now up! https://t.co/Pqvp4HirWB
05/15/2018
Boston Archaeology on Twitter

The exhibit is now up! https://t.co/Pqvp4HirWB

“Join us to unveil a new chapter in the saga of #Dorchester's Industrial School for Girls. Introducing new #stories and the opening of a new #artifact #exhibit! Thursday, May 10, 4pm at the Commonwealth #Museum, @massmuseum Mass Archives building, Columbia Point”

City of Boston Archaeology Program
05/11/2018

City of Boston Archaeology Program

The #Dorchester Industrial School for Girls exhibit is INCREDIBLE! Curator Sarah Black did an amazing job on the panels and exhibit cases. Recommend visiting the Commonwealth Museum to see it soon! #archaeology #boston @ The Commonwealth Museum

Today's the day! https://t.co/UzinNdbVCb
05/10/2018
Boston Archaeology on Twitter

Today's the day! https://t.co/UzinNdbVCb

“TODAY! Join us to unveil a new chapter in the saga of #Dorchester's Industrial School for Girls. Introducing new #stories and the opening of a new #artifact #exhibit, Thursday, May 10, 4pm at the Commonwealth #Museum, Mass Archives building”

Exhibit opens tomorrow! https://t.co/yep6uroqak
05/09/2018
Boston Archaeology on Twitter

Exhibit opens tomorrow! https://t.co/yep6uroqak

“For the first time on public display, an exciting exhibit featuring over 60 artifacts excavated by #archaeologists at the #Dorchester Industrial School for Girls. Join us May 10 at the Commonwealth Museum for a free opening reception and celebration. #ISFG @massmuseum”

05/08/2018

We're excited to announce that we are among the 100 institutions across Massachusetts participating in this year's Free Fun Fridays initiative, thanks to our partnership with the Highland Street Foundation! Admission will be free on August 17. We look forward to seeing you! For more info, visit: http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays

We're among the 100 institutions across Mass. participating in #FreeFunFridays10 2018, thanks to @HighlandStreet! https:...
05/08/2018
Free Fun Fridays | Highland Street Foundation

We're among the 100 institutions across Mass. participating in #FreeFunFridays10 2018, thanks to @HighlandStreet! https://t.co/FRjGtoPTz6

We are committed to providing children and families access to opportunities in the areas of education, housing, mentorship, health care, environment and the arts in Massachusetts and California.

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220 William T Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA
02125

By Car (free parking) From the north: Rte 3/I-93S to exit 15 (Morrissey Blvd/JFK Library). Follow signs for UMass and JFK Library. From the west: Rte I-90/Mass Pike to I-93 South. Follow signs for UMass and JFK Library. From the south: Rte 3/I-93N to exit 14 (Morrissey Blvd/JFK Library). Follow signs for UMass and JFK Library. By MBTA Take the MBTA Red Line to JFK/UMass station. Free shuttle Bus #2 stops at the Archives Building and the JFK Library. The bus runs every 20 minutes from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the hour and 20 minutes after and before the hour.

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Monday 09:00 - 16:45
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:45
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:45
Thursday 09:00 - 16:45
Friday 09:00 - 16:45

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(617) 727-9268

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