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Old State House
The Old State House is a historic building located at the intersection of Washington and State Streets in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Built in 1713, it is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, and the seat of the first elected legislature in the new world. It is now operated by the Bostonian Society, Boston's historical society.
The original building housed a Merchant's Exchange on the first floor and warehouses in the basement. On the second floor, the east side contained the Council Chamber of the Royal Governor while the west end of the second floor contained chambers for the Courts of Suffolk County and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The central portion contained the chambers for the elected Massachusetts Assembly. This chamber is notable for including public galleries, the first known example of such a feature being included in a chamber for elected officials.

After the American Revolution, the building served as the seat of the Massachusetts state government before its move to the present Massachusetts State House in 1798. From 1830 to 1841, the building was Boston's city hall before being converted to commercial use. In 1881, after threats of the building's being dismantled and moved to Chicago, Illinois, the Old State House was restored to its original exterior appearance.
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Admission Adults - $5.00
Seniors (62+) - $4.00
Students (ages 18+) - $4.00
Children (ages 6-18) - $1.00
Visitors with disabilities - Free
Boston seniors - Free
Family groups - Free
Bostonian Society Members - Free
Open Open 7 days a week, 9 AM to 5 PM
During January, 9 AM to 4 PM
During July and August, 9 AM to 6 PM
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
Address 33 Arch St Boston, MA 02110
Phone (617) 720-1713
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Trivia

What color is the door at the Old State House on State Street?
Red
Blue
Green
When Was the Old State House built?
1777
1756
1713
What 2 animal figures are on the top of the Old State House?
Lion and unicorn
Zebra and wolf
Elephant and donkey

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