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Old South Meeting House
310 Washington St.
at the intersection of Milk St.
Boston, MA

Old South Meeting House is Boston’s “Sanctuary of Freedom,” the place where the original Boston Tea Party began.

Built in 1729 as a Puritan Meeting House, Old South Meeting House was the largest building in colonial Boston. From the outraged protests over the Boston Massacre to the night when Samuel Adams gave the secret signal to throw 342 crates of tea into Boston Harbor, colonists came to the Meeting House to challenge British rule.


  • Beautifully restored, and architecturally rich, Puritan meetinghouse
  • The site of the original Boston Tea Party movement—Come see a vial of tea collected from the harbor December 16, 1773!
  • “Voices of Protest” exhibition and “If These Walls Could Speak” audio program tell the story of the compelling figures from the Meeting House’s history and reveal the controversial history of free speech that continues to this day.


From the South: Take Rt 3 to Rt Rte 93 North, follow signs for Boston-Quincy. Take Exit 23, Government Center. Stay in left lane on ramp, in lane marked for Government Center, which crosses Surface Rd onto North St. Follow North St to Congress St, go left on Congress. Take the 1st right onto State St (which becomes Court St) and follow to the end, making a left at the fork onto Tremont St. Take the 1st left onto School St. At the bottom of School St, take a left onto Washington St.

From the West: Follow the Mass Turnpike East to Exit 24B, which is Rt 93 North. Follow directions From the South

From the North: Follow Rt 93 South to Exit 24A, Government Center/Faneuil Hall. At the top of the ramp take a left, stay in the right lane. Take a right onto State St which becomes Court St and follow to end, taking a left at the fork onto Tremont St. Take the 1st left onto School St. At the bottom of School St, take a left onto Washington St.

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Open daily. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. April 1-October 31 10 am to 4pm, November 1-March 31 9:30 am to 5 pm

$6 Adult, $5 Student/Senior, $1 Child
Patriots' Pass (includes admission to Old South Meeting House and the Paul Revere House) $8 Adult (a $1.50 savings!), $2 Child

Old South Meeting House Steeple, Courtesy Kieltyka Brown Photography (2009216-0737)

Public Transportation:
Accessible by all MBTA subway lines. The closest stops are State Street (Blue/Orange Lines), Government Center (Green Line) and Downtown Crossing (Red Line)