Freedom Trail Sites' Education Programs
Freedom Trail historic sites offer educational programs and activities from one end the year to the other from hands-on activities at the sites where history was made to in-school programs for everyone to enjoy.
Dive into history at one of the oldest churches in Boston! Discover 330 years of history at King’s Chapel! Explore the sanctuary, uncovering the stories of former church members as you sit in the original pews, investigate local history, and join us a Bells & Bones tour to experience an 18th-century crypt and belfry with the largest Revere bell in Boston. Colonial Boston and King's Chapel, King’s Chapel and Unitarian Christianity, The Art and Architecture of King’s Chapel, and Bells & Bones tours, and more! Learn more here.
Massachusetts State House
The magnificent setting of Massachusets' government for over two centuries, the Massachusetts State House is an outstanding museum reflecting the history of Massachusetts since colonial times. Its spacious marble-floored corridors are lined with the portraits of Massachusetts governors and murals depicting our state's unique heritage. Adamses, Hancocks, Reveres, and Winthrops live on in statues and paintings recreating the glory of their times. Today, it is a vital place of work for the leadership that guides the Commonwealth. Observe the Senate and House of Representatives as they convene in their handsomely appointed chambers and walk through the grand building with a guided tour or on your own. Learn more here.
Old South Meeting House
From outraged protests over the Boston Massacre to the meeting of 5,000 colonists that sparked the Boston Tea Party, and from the heroic effort to save a grand historic landmark from demolition to a free speech policy enacted amidst the height of censorship, experience the dramatic stories and inspiring history of Old South Meeting House. Learn more here.
Old State House
The center of Boston’s civic and political life during the Revolutionary era, the Old State House was where Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and John Adams conceived the fundamental right to representative self-government, and set in motion the American Revolution. Self-guided visit with a museum educator introduction; Witness to a Massacre; The Boston Massacre: You Be the Judge; Old State House: Treasure or Trouble? Learn more here.
Faneuil Hall, National Park Service
Discover the importance of Faneuil Hall as a marketplace and meeting place from the 18th century to the present day. Engage with a National Park Service ranger for 15-20 minute talks in the historic Great Hall (2nd floor) every half hour from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, except during City-sponsored events. Learn more here.
Paul Revere House
The home of the legendary patriot Paul Revere is the oldest remaining structure in downtown Boston and the only historic home on the Freedom Trail. Visit and discover the true story of the “Midnight Ride” and the man behind the myth. Experience the history of Boston’s favorite patriot on guided house tours, or focus on one topic in depth during our 90-minute interactive programs. Learn more here.
Old North Church
Visit the oldest church building in Boston and sit in the same box pews owned by colonial congregants! Learn more about what took place on April 18, 1775 and how the signal lanterns from Paul Revere ignited the American. Visit Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and Printing Office of Edes & Gill in the 1715 Clough House. Behind-the-Scenes Tours, A History Mystery: Who Hung the Lanterns?, Sacred Seats: Social Implications of Colonial Church Seating, and Experience Art & Architecture. Learn more here.
USS Constitution & Museum
USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat and American’s Ship of State, promotes the United States Navy and America's naval heritage through educational outreach, public access and historic demonstrations. Visitors to 'Old Ironsides' are able to ask questions and speak with active duty U.S. Navy Sailors assigned as members of USS Constitution's crew. Learn more here. Celebrating over 40 years, the USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and those associated with her. The interactive, hands-on environment with innovative exhibits invites visitors to explore the legacy of USS Constitution, America’s Ship of State, enjoy educational and fun experiences while learning and exploring together, and engage in conversations about history, science, technology, and democracy. Learn more here.
Bunker Hill, National Park Service
Explore the meaning and memory of the Battle of Bunker Hill with National Park Service Rangers during 20- minute talks offered every hour. Visit the Bunker Hill Museum and obtain free climbing passes to the Bunker Hill Monument and take in unparalleled panoramic views of the city. Learn more here.