The Old North Church & Historic Site
Established in 1723 as Christ Church in the City of Boston, we are both a national historic landmark operated by the Old North Foundation and an active Episcopal Church congregation. Old North is the oldest church building and the longest-serving Episcopal congregation in the City.
Old North Church & Historic Site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12:30 – 5pm. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of the sanctuary, a fun family scavenger hunt, and add-on tours of the crypt and gallery. Tickets are available online. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Episcopal Church in-person worship services are held at 11am each Sunday. Please click here to register.
Masks are encouraged indoors and required in the crypt.
*Hours updated March 11, 2022.
The Clough House is open! Come and watch free colonial printing demonstrations and visit our artisanal gift shop. Learn more >>
Explore Old North Church with Bloomberg Connects
Explore more of Old North Church & Historic Site with our new digital guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app. Download the app to learn more about the rich history of the church, its fascinating congregants, our connection to colonial chocolate, and more. Use the app to plan your visit, to get an enhanced experience while on site, or to dive deeper after your trip to the church. The free app can be used anytime, anywhere and also features digital guides to over 70 museums from around the world.
To download the free app, scan the QR code below or visit this link. Once downloaded, open the app, scroll to “Old North Church & Historic Site” in the list of participating museums, and tap our logo to start exploring our guide.
On April 13, the Old North Foundation celebrated the 247th anniversary of the church’s iconic lantern signals at Lantern2022. Mike Bloomberg was presented with the Third Lantern Award and delivered a thought-provoking keynote about the dangers of righteous intolerance and the need to teach American history in all its complexity. It was an incredible evening featuring beautiful music, a dramatic reading of “Paul Revere’s Ride,” and a breathtaking lantern lighting reenactment. We are excited to share this recording of the program.
History of The Old North Church
The enduring fame of Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton, Robert Newman, and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution. Built in 1723, Christ Church in the City of Boston, known to all as the Old North Church, is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and most visited historical site. In 1775, on the eve of the Revolution, the majority of the congregation were loyal to the British King, and many held official positions in the royal government, including the Royal Governor of Massachusetts, making Robert Newman’s loyalty to the Patriot cause even more extraordinary. Each year we welcome over 500,000 visitors to our site to experience this unique and stirring monument to liberty.
Open and Welcome to All
The congregation and clergy of Christ Church in the City of Boston, “Old North” (part of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts) strive to keep faithful to the mission of openness and welcome proclaimed by our first Rector, the Rev. Timothy Cutler, in his inaugural sermon on the text from Isaiah, “my House shall be called a House of Prayer for all people.” (Isaiah 56:7) Whether you are here to worship with us during a visit to Boston or are seeking a spiritual home, please know we are delighted to welcome you to Old North Church. We offer both in-person and virtual worship.
Please join us virtually every Sunday beginning at 11am by clicking here.
If you would like to join us for worship in-person on Sunday at 11am, please click here to register, or contact the church office via email: email@example.com. Please note – registration is requested prior to 3pm Saturday before the Sunday service.