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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...

A World Within Reach: Greek and Roman Art from the Loeb Collection

A World Within Reach invites visitors to explore the experiences and imaginations of people who...

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...

Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame at the Wang Theatre

Visit the historic Boch Center Wang Theatre and take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Boston’s...

Freedom Trail Foundation Virtual Programs

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

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...

Jazz Scene In Boston: Telling The Local Story

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

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...

Museum of African American History - Winter Hours

Museum of African American History is committed to providing a safe environment and asks for your...

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...

Tour Harvard Square

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

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...

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...

African American Patriots® Tour

Celebrate the African-American patriots that played a vital role in the start of the American...

History of St John's Episcopal Church

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society presents Katharine Cipolla, Parish Historian, who will give a...

Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey From Slavery To Freedom

In 1848, a young, enslaved couple, Ellen and William Craft, achieved one of the boldest feats of...

Disability and the American Past: Disappeared Disabilities

When the history of people with disabilities is discussed, the same names pop up: figures like Helen...

Disability and the American Past: Failures in Intersectionality

In America’s long 20th century civil rights movements histories, disabled people—and especially...

My Dearest Friend

Learn more about the courtship correspondence of Abigail Smith and John Adams and view a selection...

February Vacation Week: LEGO®️ Maritime Festival

Let your imagination set sail this February School Vacation Week! Inspired by the different ship...

Sing Sistah Sing! Tales of Transatlantic Freedom

Support the work of the National Center for Race Amity and join us for a memorable and moving...

Disability and the American Past: Intro to Disability Justice

In reaction to a disability movement that treated disability as a single-issue concern, in 2005,...

Disability Activism in Massachusetts and Nationwide

In reaction to a disability movement that treated disability as a single-issue concern, in 2005,...

Archaeology at the Loring Greenough House

Joe Bagley, the Archaeologist for the City of Boston will present the initial findings from the dig...

The Odyssey Of Phillis Wheatley: A Poet’s Journeys Through American Slavery And Independence

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual...

Making Maine: Statehood and the War of 1812

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual...

Clover: A New Play

Clover is a full-length play by Laura Rocklyn and Ty Hallmark exploring the life of Clover Adams,...

The Nature of Slavery: Environment and Plantation Labor in the Anglo-Atlantic World

In the late 18th century, planters in the Caribbean and the American South insisted that only Black...

Dinner with the President: Food, Politics, and a History of Breaking Bread at the White House

Some of the most significant moments in American history have occurred over meals. Alex Prud’homme...

Lethal Tides: Mary Sears And The Marine Scientists Who Helped Win World War II

When World War II began, the U.S. Navy was unprepared to enact its island-hopping strategy to reach...

The Sculptures of Daniel Chester French at Forest Hills Cemetery

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society invites you to hear Dana Pilson curatorial researcher and...

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...