State House Tours
The Massachusetts State House is one of the most well-known buildings of the Boston skyline, with its golden dome rising above Beacon Hill. Our beloved State House is a historic building that houses the General Court, the longest continually-meeting legislative assembly in the country.
Oliver Wendell Holmes called the State House "the hub of the solar system", which came to instead be known as "Boston is the hub of the solar system." I welcome all citizens of the Commonwealth and interested visitors to come walk these historic halls and learn a bit about Massachusetts and our nation’s history!
Going on a Tour
State House Tours are free and open to the public! Come see history in action, courtesy of the Tours and Government Education Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office and well-trained volunteers. Tours generally last 30-45 minutes and take place year-round weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Please make reservations in advance for tours of one to fifty people by calling (617) 727-3676 – groups of ten or more should make reservations three weeks in advance.
If you would prefer to explore the State House at your own pace, click the link below for a self-guided tour map.
When the Senate and House are in Session, members of the public are encouraged to witness the legislative process first-hand from the public galleries overlooking each chamber.