Massachusetts State House
Massachusetts State House
4.5
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Designed in 1798 by renowned architect Charles Bulfinch, the historic building is dominated by a magnificent gold dome.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
How to get there
  • Park St • 4 min walk
  • Bowdoin • 5 min walk
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  • Larry-Calif
    San Francisco, California367 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    GOLDEN DOME
    On the Freedom Trail, our next stop was the Massachusetts State Capital that was designed by Charles Bulfinch and situated on Beacon Hill overlooking the Boston Common . The State Capitol has undergone several expansions and modifications. The shiny glistening golden dome can be seen from the Boston Common and various tall buildings in downtown area. The Capitol interesting architecture is a must stop along the Freedom trail. Shining in the Boston skyline, it is the GOLDEN DOME … at the Massachusetts State House
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Anthea B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour
    What an amazing trip. I would highly recommend taking the organised tour which is so informative about past and present politics in Boston. Our tour guide was exceptional, she took us into several rooms where current laws were getting passed....this was awesome to see. The interior of the building was just so impressive with all the marble floors, pillars and stained glass windows. I free tour I would recommend with such knowledgeable and helpful staff.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 21, 2023
  • RayGCincinnati_OH
    270 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Massachusetts State House
    The Massachusetts State House was designed by architect Charles Bulfinch in 1788. It has seen many enlargements since that time. But because part of it is 135 years old, it's a cool place to visit. Lots of historic statues, flags and banners. Some beautiful murals and windows. The House of Representatives room is spectacular.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2024
  • hoben57
    Houston, Texas89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Impressive State House
    I was impressed with the interior of the State House. We did not take a tour but rather started at the top and walked the various main hallways and open areas. There were many stained glass panels in doors and in the ceiling. The building was clean and well kept. The many plaques, statues and other objects were interesting to see. No meetings were in session so the observation rooms were locked but it was nice to see all the other aspects of the building. The flag room was colorful and amazing to see. We've never seen anything quite like it. I'm sure the tour would be good but even if you don't take it, read up before you go, start at the top (via the elevator), walk everywhere, and enjoy the building. And don't be afraid to say hello and talk to folks that work there. The ones we talked with were very nice and helpful.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 11, 2024
  • Jaffathecat1
    585 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One the most interesting places to visit in Central Boston
    This building is truly steeped in history. Being able to gain easy & free access to both the Massachusetts senate & house of representatives was a real treat. The building & hallways are sumptuous and the explanation by the intern guide was interesting. There's no such open, unfettered access to any of the legislatures in the UK, so it was refreshing to be so welcomed. The ability to wander around & soak up the history was just great. We spent well over 2 hours here on a very hot day & oh boy does the AC work a treat!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2024
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Anthea B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
What an amazing trip. I would highly recommend taking the organised tour which is so informative about past and present politics in Boston. Our tour guide was exceptional, she took us into several rooms where current laws were getting passed....this was awesome to see. The interior of the building was just so impressive with all the marble floors, pillars and stained glass windows. I free tour I would recommend with such knowledgeable and helpful staff.
Written October 21, 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
During our numerous travels over the US, we've visited around 20+ State Capitols, and this one in Boston counts among the most beautiful ones.
The characteristic Boston's red brick facade is adorned with a golden dome above.
We regret that during our weekend visit there were no tours, so hope to do it next time we visit this great city.
Written June 1, 2022
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Adam T
York, UK910 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We had a funny if rather unorthodox guide round the state house - he was entertaining but didn’t know answers to many of the groups questions, and he highlighted many things only to say they weren’t interesting. Still, we enjoyed the tour and the best part was we managed to visit the senate in session and see a bill pass which was awesome. Our visit was around an hour long, but this was longer due to us watching the senate for a while. Also we had booked over the phone for a tour, but got the impression on arrival that this really didn’t matter and we could just have turned up, despite the website saying it was reservation only.
Written August 15, 2020
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
My wife, daughter, two friends and I viewed the Massachusetts State House from the outside and took photos in November 2021. It was closed to visitors. The gold dome is beautiful. Unfortunately the center of the building was covered with scaffolding and only photos from a distance turned out OK. I hope to return and visit the Massachusetts State House when they are allowing visitors and giving tours.
Written November 30, 2021
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packerbeer
187 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Being this was closed due to covid you could still walk by. The side walk was blocked with some sort of protesters so you ended up walking a short distance on the street. That gold dome you cant miss as you are walking by. Be careful though as around the corner walking down to the gravestones of Paul Revere and so on, you have some folks that are down on their luck, so guard up when you are around this area as well as it is just around the corner.
Written August 2, 2020
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,192 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The least professional state capitol tour. among at least a dozen, we have been on. The college age guide had his script memorized, with a ton of "now" and hand-fidgeting thrown in, but could not answer any questions. Seems a shame to waste so much history. We had guests from other countries and it was embarrassing how their questions went unanswered or even understood.
Written August 8, 2023
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Larry-Calif
San Francisco, CA367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
On the Freedom Trail, our next stop was the Massachusetts State Capital that was designed by Charles Bulfinch and situated on Beacon Hill overlooking the Boston Common .

The State Capitol has undergone several expansions and modifications. The shiny glistening golden dome can be seen from the Boston Common and various tall buildings in downtown area. The Capitol interesting architecture is a must stop along the Freedom trail.

Shining in the Boston skyline, it is the GOLDEN DOME … at the Massachusetts State House
Written August 13, 2023
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BeachStone2C
Helsinki, Finland2,627 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
The golden Dome of State House can be seen miles away. State House is located next to Boston Commons at the top of Park street. It is open only on weekdays. The tour gives good information about the architecture and full history of the house. Time well spent, duration less than an hour.
Written January 13, 2020
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M H
Lytham St Anne's, UK131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
What an incredible building with so much history. We had a great tour guide who was very engaging and informative, with so many stories to tell. Including takes of two fishes, the sacred cod and the holy mackerel. I would highly recommend including this on any trip to Boston.
Written May 21, 2023
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RayGCincinnati_OH
Cincinnati, OH270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The Massachusetts State House was designed by architect Charles Bulfinch in 1788. It has seen many enlargements since that time. But because part of it is 135 years old, it's a cool place to visit. Lots of historic statues, flags and banners. Some beautiful murals and windows. The House of Representatives room is spectacular.
Written April 10, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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