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State House Tours for Student and Other Groups

State House tours are conducted by the staff of the Tours and Government Education Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office and by volunteers well-versed in the history and architectural background of the State House. The tours are given weekdays year-round from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm, and are free of charge.

Tours include an overview of the history and architecture of the State Capitol. Visitors can see the House and Senate Chambers.

  • The tour takes about 30-45 minutes. For larger groups we suggest planning for 90 minutes in your schedule; because parking, entering through security, and then returning can take some time.

  • Reservations are required for group tours. Please call 617-727-3676 to arrange a visit.

  • Our office may be able to arrange for Representative Gouveia to meet with your group during you visit to the state house. As soon as you know the date and time your group is coming to tour, please call our office at 617-722-2011 to make this request or use our contact form.


For Individuals and Families:

  • State House tours are conducted by the staff of the Tours and Government Education Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office and by volunteers well-versed in the history and architectural background of the State House. Tours are given weekdays year-round from 10:00am to 3:30pm, and are free of charge.

  • Please call 617-727-3676 to arrange a visit.

  • Self-guided materials are available if visitors do not wish to join a volunteer-led tour.

  • Information sheets in several foreign languages are also available.

  • Additional information here


Directions: The State House is at the corner of Beacon and Park Streets. It is accessible by MBTA via the Red or Green lines at the Park Street Station. (Also see Directions for other Public Transportation.) Visitors should enter at the General Hooker entrance which is just to the right of the main gate if you are facing the State House. Visitors can proceed past the statue of Civil War General Joseph Hooker, then once inside after going through security, go to the left, past the State Bookstore and at the end of the hallway on the left take the elevators up to the second floor. (For stairs, proceed past elevators and take another left -near room 190.) The State House Tours & Information Desk is located in Doric Hall on the second floor. Visitors should check in for guided tours or other information. Handicap entrances are located at Ashburton Park which is located on Bowdoin Street.