At Old North Church & Historic Site, our priority always has been and always will be to preserve this historic American landmark, share America’s history with the public and make sure our visitors have the best experience possible. To continue this mission, it has become necessary to move to an admission fee, effective May 1, 2018. We are announcing this admission policy change today, March 2, to allow for the continued preservation and maintenance of this historic American landmark, enhance the visitor experience and ensure the site will continue to be shared with future generations around the world. As of May 1, 2018, admission will be as follows: Adult $8, Children $4, Students/Military/Seniors $6. Boston residents, EBT cardholders, children under 5 years old, and Old North Church congregation and Historic Site members are free, as always. Sunday worship will continue to be free and open to all.
As one of the most visited sites along the Freedom Trail, we receive a substantial amount of foot traffic, causing wear and tear to our site that has led to the need for continual upkeep. Visitor donations have not provided enough to sustain our site, and with lower visitation in recent years the time has unfortunately come to make changes. The Old North Church is the launch point of the American Revolution and a key part of America’s history. Charging admission will enable us to continue to share this landmark and the site’s history with both local and global communities.
What you can expect from us going forward is the same dedication to sharing America and Boston’s history. We will continue to improve and provide a unique, site-wide experience as we know your time and money is important. Visitors will learn about the events of April 18, 1775, immortalized in Longfellow’s famous “Paul Revere’s Ride,” through thoughtful and interactive programing, education and one-of-a-kind tours and events. The history of Old North Church and Boston colonial life will come alive as you further engage with our site, visiting the historic Clough House. New programs and activities are being added to further our mission and create a more enjoyable visit, including a new campus walking tour that will allow a behind-the-scenes look at our site’s historic buildings, including the 1812 Clough House, the 1918 Old North Gift Shop, formerly a Waldesian Chapel, our gardens and memorials.
Additionally, we’ve been busy planning further improvements to our site, including the redesign of our Washington Garden and Courtyard as an outdoor education and art space, where Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” will be inscribed and taught to visitors and schoolchildren. In 2019, our 286-year-old crypt will have improvements made to further enhance our visitor’s experience with us, including lowering the flooring for more head space, wheelchair accessibility and a dehumidification system to help preserve the crypt walls and tombs.
We hope you will support us in this transition and help us preserve, educate and inspire by visiting us, making a donation, becoming a member, or attending one of our programs and/or events. Look for these activities and experiences to enhance your visit with us:
- A membership program with exclusive member-only events and benefits
- Campus walking tour
- Interactive and diverse programming and events, including pop-up events throughout the year.
- Every visitor will receive a pamphlet, providing a more in-depth understanding of our history and site.
- Timed talks on the history of the church and Paul Revere’s Ride.
- Tour offerings
- Online ticketing via our website, creating a quicker and easier way to visit us.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Old North Foundation Executive Director