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Old State House Museum - Boston

by Julie
(New York)

Old State House - Boston

Old State House - Boston

Two 14 year old boys and I visited this museum. We spent a good deal of time here as we read about the events leading up to the colonies' Declaration of Independence from England. Although there aren't many bells and whistles the boys still enjoyed it, which means success to me! We worked our way through the museum together. As we read the exhibits (sometimes I would give a slightly condensed version) we would discuss the consequences or try to understand the feeling both sides were experiencing. I think this enhanced the visit and gave us greater understanding of just what went on--such as the taxes placed on the colonists or the reason behind the propaganda filled newspaper illustration and name of the Boston Massacre.

The exhibits themselves were very interesting. There is actual tea from the Tea Party and the story behind how it got there. We saw one of John Hancock's coats and frilly shirts. We saw the actual Sons of Liberty flag. These are just a few of the items we found of interest.

For younger kids there are several hands-on exhibits. The gift shop is excellent with books, toys, and educational games.

The Minuteman's Response: Thanks again Julie for some tips about how to get the Boston experience without having to spend a lot of money.

Read about Julie's experience visiting Boston's Freedom Trail with the National Park Service here, another inexpensive way to experience the sites of the American Revolution.

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