• Colonial Boston Map, Faneuil Hall and the Charlestown Navy Yard skyline

    Boston

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Plan Your Visit

Welcome to Boston National Historical Park
This 43 acre historical park encompasses portions of downtown Boston, Charlestown, and South Boston. In addition to managing its properties that are a part of the park, the Park Service maintains two visitor centers on the first floor of Faneuil Hall in Boston and the Navy Yard in Charlestown.

Start your visit to the Park at either visitor center. There you can find maps and information about Boston and the Park, participate in free Ranger-Guided Talks and Tours, and have fun exploring the past.

The Park also offers a wide variety of Education Programs.

Rest rooms and Eastern National bookstores are located at both the Faneuil Hall and Navy Yard Visitor Centers.

 

Downtown Boston

 
Faneuil Hall Entrance Sign
Faneuil Hall Visitor Center
Located on the first floor of historic Faneuil Hall, the Visitor Center is staffed by park rangers and volunteers eager to help you plan your visit to Boston's historic sites. Maps, brochures, videos, free ranger guided tours, and information about sites along Boston's historic Freedom Trail® can all be found here.
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The Great Hall

Faneuil Hall
The first floor of Faneuil Hall was built as a market and still functions as one today. On the second floor, ceremonies, meetings, lectures, and protests have enlivened and sometimes disrupted the Great Hall for over 250 years. On the fourth floor is an exhibit of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery, the country's oldest chartered military organization. No admission fee or reservations required.
Hours

 
Old South Meeting House

Courtesy of Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House - Boston National Historical Park Partner Site
Experience the building where colonists gathered to challenge British rule in the years leading up to the American Revolution - including protests of the Boston Massacre and the historic meeting of over 5,000 people that led to the Boston Tea Party.
Admission fee and group reservations required.
Hours
Old South Meeting House website

 
Old State House

Courtesy of Bostonian Society

Old State House - Boston National Historical Park Partner Site
View exhibits and experience programs on Boston's history t the former government building which served as the center of Boston's civic life in the 18th century and where colonists debated the future of British rule. The Old State House balcony was the site from which the Declaration of Independence was first read to Bostonians in 1776.
Admission fee and group reservations required.
Hours
Old State House website
 
Courtesy Paul Revere Memorial Association

Courtesy of the Paul Revere Memorial Association

Paul Revere House - Boston National Historical Park Partner Site
Built around 1680, the Paul Revere House was occupied by Patriot Paul Revere and his family in the 18th century. Explore the house and view the exhibits where Revere was living when he made his famous messenger ride into the Massachusetts countryside on April 18-19, 1775.
Admission fee and group reservations requires.
Hours
Paul Revere House website

 
Image Courtesy of the Old North Church

Courtesy of the Old North Church

Old North Church - Boston National Historical Park Partner Site
Tour the church where Paul Revere arranged for two lanterns to be hung from the steeple on April 18, 1775 to signal patriots in Charlestown that British troops were heading to Lexington and Concord by way of the Charles River.
No admission fee or group reservations required.
Hours
Old North Church website

 

Charlestown

 
Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center

Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center
Located in Building 5 next to the USS Constitution in Charlestown, just inside Gate 1 of the Navy Yard. The Visitor Center is staffed by park rangers and volunteers eager to help you plan your visit to Boston's historic sites. Maps, brochures, videos, free ranger guided tours, and information about the Navy Yard, Bunker Hill Monument, and other sites along Boston's historic Freedom Trail® can all be found here.
Hours

 
USS CASSIN YOUNG

USS CASSIN YOUNG

Charlestown Navy Yard
Experience and tour one of the nation's six original Navy Yards. The decommissioned Charlestown Navy Yard is home to two historic ships, USS Cassin Young and USS Constitution. Regularly scheduled tours are available of both ships.
No admission fee or group reservations required.
Hours

 
Bunker Hill Monument

Bunker Hill Monument
The Bunker Hill Monument is a major commemorative monument, memorializing a key battle in the Revolutionary War. Climb (no elevator) the monument's 294 steps to the top for a spectacular view.
No admission fee, group reservations strongly recommended.
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Bunker Hill Museum

Bunker Hill Museum
The museum's exhibits, dioramas and education programs tell the story of the Battle of Bunker Hill and the monument across the street.
No admission fee, group reservations strongly recommended.
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USS CONSTITUTION

Courtesy of USS CONSTITUTION

USS Constitution - Boston National Historical Park Partner Site
Climb aboard the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, berthed in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Undefeated in combat, she earned the title of "Old Ironsides" in the War of 1812. Guided tours given by active duty U.S. Navy sailors.
No admission fee or group reservations required.
Hours
USS Constitution website

 
Courtesy of the USS Constitution Museum

Courtesy of the USS Constitution Museum

USS Constitution Museum - Boston National Historical Park Partner Site
Only yards away from "Old Ironsides," the museum offers hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. Discover how a wooden hull helped the ship earn its nickname, how it remained undefeated since being launched in 1797, how schools contributed pennies to save the vessel, how sailors ate a diet of hardtack and grog, and climbed masts 200 feet in the air.
Admission by donation, group reservations required.
Hours
USS Constitution Museum website

 

South Boston

 
Dorchester Heights

Dorchester Heights
These hills, overlooking Boston's harbor and wonterfront from the south, were the site of fortifications built at night by the Continental Army in March, 1776. Artillery mounted here hastened General Howe's decision to take his troops away from Boston, which in turn ended the siege of Boston, gave General Washington his first victory, and inspired the Patriot cause.
No admission fee or group reservations required.
Hours

 

Boston National Historical Park is part of Maritime History of Massachusetts: A National Register Travel Itinerary. Experience the maritime history of Massachusetts by visiting http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/maritime/.

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