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School and Youth Groups

We welcome your group visit - choose from the following options:

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Tea is Brewing-Our most popular program!

(1 Hour version)
Experience the meeting that protested a tax… and sparked a Revolution with the Boston Tea Party! Students bring this pivotal moment in history to life by taking on the roles of Patriots and Loyalists and recreating the fiery tea tax debates of 1773 in the very hall where they took place.
* Teachers receive pre-visit curriculum and materials, including background information and character cards.
Grades: 3rd grade and up
Time: 1 Hour
Group size: Up to 40 students; larger groups can be accommodated with additional preparation
Fees: $8.00 per person
 

Tea is Brewing: Two-site visit includes Faneuil Hall and Old South Meeting House

(2 Hour version)
Experience the meeting that protested a tax… and sparked a Revolution with the Boston Tea Party! At historic Faneuil Hall, students are introduced to the tradition of New England town meetings.  At Old South Meeting House, students bring this pivotal moment in history to life by taking on the roles of Patriots and Loyalists and recreating the fiery tea tax debates of 1773 in the very hall where they took place.
* Teachers receive pre-visit curriculum and materials, including background information and character cards.
Grades: 3rd grade and up
Time: 2 Hours
Group size: Up to 40 students; larger groups can be accommodated with additional preparation
Fees: $10.00 per person

 

Phillis Wheatley 

Kidnapped from Africa as a child and sold as a slave in Boston, Phillis Wheatley was the first African American to publish a book of poems in 1773, when she was only about 19 years old. In this interactive program, students will discover the remarkable life and writing of poet Phillis Wheatley, who was a full member of Old South Meeting House.  Hands-on activities include small-group exploration of primary documents and artifacts, and writing with a quill pen and ink just as Phillis did!
Grades: 3rd grade and up
Time: 1.5 Hours
Group size: Up to 30 students
Fees: $8.00 per person
 

From Meeting Place to Resting Place

If Bostonians from the 18th century were to visit the city today they would see many changes, but they would recognize both Old South Meeting House and the Granary Burying Ground. Explore these two important colonial places in the heart of downtown Boston – Follow a set of clues to learn about some of the people who attended Puritan church meetings at the Meeting House in the 18th century, then visit the Granary Burying Ground to search for gravestone symbols and see the final resting place of many famous Bostonians.
Time: 1.5 hours
Grades: 3rd grade and up
Group Size: Up to 30 students
Fees: $9.00 per person

All the above Old South Meeting House school programs meet Massachusetts Frameworks for History and Social Science and English/Language Arts.
 

Middays at the Meeting House

Lectures and performances that explore American history and culture take place at lunchtime series on many Fridays or other weekdays from 12:15-1:00 p.m. and at other times throughout the year.  Please check the calendar for upcoming programs. High school groups are welcome to attend Middays programs that may complement their classroom learning. Special group rates available with advance group registration!
Grades: 9-12
Time: 45 minutes
Group size: Most groups can be accommodated.
Fees: $1.00 per student, 2 adults free with every 10 students, additional adults $4 each with advance group registration.

 

Walking Boston's Freedom Trail?  Choose from a self-guided visit or a short talk for your group:
 

The Revolution Starts Here! Short Stop on the Freedom Trail

Start or end your group visit to Boston at Old South Meeting House, where the Boston Tea Party began! After a brief, 15-minute introduction to the dramatic history of this 1729 landmark, including its beginnings as a Puritan meeting house, the meetings that led to the Boston Tea Party, and its last-minute rescue from demolition, your group can explore the museum at its own pace.  Talks can be tailored to your group’s interests at time of reservation.

Grades: 1st through 12th grade
Group size: 10-60 students
Time: 30 minutes
Fees: $4.00 per student, 2 adults free with every 10 students, additional adults $5 each.  

Add a scavenger hunt geared to your age group to guide your group through the exhibit "Voices of Protest.”
Grades: 1st through 12th grade
Time: 30 minutes
Group size: Up to 30 participants for scavenger hunt; two adults for every 10 students required
Fees with scavenger hunt: $5.00 per person

Self-Guided Visit to Old South Meeting House

Discover the history and beauty of Old South Meeting House with a self-guided visit. Explore the largest building in Colonial Boston and view the exhibit "Voices of Protest" on your own and at your own pace. For all ages.
Time: 15-30 minutes
Group size: 10- 60 students
Fees: $1 per person up to age 18; $4 per adult.  Large groups often can be accommodated at consecutive times.

 

Reserve your place in history:

Reserve a special participatory program, introductory talk or a self guided visit for your group of 10 or more at Old South Meeting House and enjoy special group rates. To make a reservation contact us at education@osmh.org or (617) 482-6439 x 12.

Reservation Guidelines:

  • A minimum of ten (10) people is required for all programs.
  • Confirmed reservations are required for all groups. Groups that arrive without reservations will not receive the group discount and may have to be turned away at the door if the museum is too crowded or another group program is in progress.
  • Space is limited and fills quickly. For the best chance of reserving your preferred date, time and program, reserve as far in advance as possible, especially for dates in April - June.
  • K-12 school groups receive up to 2 free adult chaperones for every 10 students.
  • Payment: A deposit is required for most program reservations; the balance is due on or before the program date.  Payment can be made by credit card, check or cash.

SPECIAL: 10% discount for all programs in January and February! Just mention at the time of booking

Amenities for your group visit:

  • Looking for Great Souvenirs? The Old South Meeting House Museum Shop is chock full of wonderful educational resources, unique souvenirs, candies, and, of course, teas! Exclusive items include Boston Tea Party merchandise and the historic Old South leaflets.
  • Fully wheelchair accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Comfortably climate controlled