The State House

The State House

Prominently situated near the top of Beacon Hill overlooking Boston Common, gold dome gleaming against the sky, The State House is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Boston. Completed in 1789, the golden-domed, symmetrical red brick building, distinguished by a portico lined with Corinthian columns, was designed by Boston architect, Charles Bulfinch.

It is in this building and in two later additions, the annex behind it (1895) and the marble wings on each side (1917), that the vital business of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been conducted for over 220 years. The governor’s office is here, as are the offices of the Cabinet and Governor’s Council. The Massachusetts Legislature meets in their respective chambers in the two wings – the House of Representatives and the Senate.

As the work of government takes place, reminders of the state’s rich history are never far away. At every turn, down marble-floored corridors and in distinctive chambers, full-size marble and bronze statues and busts, murals, paintings, art collections, stained glass windows, frescos, flags, and exhibits document Massachusetts’ proud history and Boston’s importance in the creation of the nation. The story continues on the grounds, where sculptures, markers and monuments honor the interesting people and events that shaped Boston, Massachusetts, and America.

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Hours & Admission
Open to the public for tours Mon-Fri: 10am-3:30pm
(Closed weekends and holidays )

Guided Tours:
Call in advance for daily schedule

Self-guided tours:
Information at Reception Desk

Free Admission
Phone & Address
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133-1030

Phone: (617) 727-3676