Boasting spectacular views of Boston Harbor, the Commonwealth Museum at Columbia Point offers a wealth of activities for history lovers.
One of the highlights of the museum are the original documents of the America's Founding Fathers.
William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth's letter to General Gage, dated June 3, 1774, restricting self-governance in Massachusetts.
Backstory and Context
Established by the Legislature in 1962 as the official state museum, the Commonwealth Museum exhibit artifacts, host exhibits and share the stories of residents who have shaped Bay State history. The museum shares space in the state Archives Building which was built to resemble an early 19th century fort. A state of the art exhibit uses technology to bring history alive for visitors, including video exercises and a surround theater experience.
The Commonwealth Museum is the Massachusetts state history museum administered by the Office of Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin. Boston is rich in museums preserving and interpreting some facet of the city's past. However, only the Commonwealth Museum has succeeded in integrating material culture of common Bostonians into a remarkable story of environmental, social, and economic adaptation across centuries.