Tour the Massachusetts State House

Boston is the “hub of the solar system” (or so said Oliver Wendell Holmes) – but what the nickname actually refers to is the Massachusetts State House.


It’s actually the New State House, but completed in 1798 it’s not all that new. On land that was once owned by John Hancock, it’s the oldest building on Beacon Hill in Boston.

Like most State Capitols, it is open to the public and one can tour the Massachusetts State House. The tours are given Monday to Friday throughout the year from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. The building is open from 8:45 am to 5 pm. The Massachusetts State House is closed on weekends and holidays.

Tours last approximately 30-45 minutes and include an overview of the history and architecture of the State Capitol. Best of all? They are free!

If you do not want a guided tour, they offer a self guided brochure of the outside of the building.

While there is no cost to the tours, reservations are required. The only way to make one is by calling the Massachusetts State House at 617 727 3676.