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Old North Church

Established in 1723 as Christ Church in the City of Boston, Old North Church is both a national historic landmark operated by Old North Illuminated 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 Wednesday through Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 12:30 – 4pm. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of the sanctuary, a fun family scavenger hunt, and add-on tours of the bell ringing chamber and gallery. Tickets are available online. Please email jfishman@oldnorth.com with any questions.

Interpretative, educational, and preservation programs at the Old North Church are operated by Old North Illuminated.

Episcopal Church in-person worship services are held at 11am each SundayRegistration for all services is requested by 3pm the Saturday prior to Sunday worship. Please click here to register.

 

Masks are encouraged while indoors. Hours updated November 1, 2022. 

The historic crypt in Old North Church.

We have embarked on an eight-month major restoration of our historic crypt! Learn how you can support this critical preservation effort while scoring some special gifts for yourself >>>

History of the Old North Church

Old North’s fame 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 momentous 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, a substantial number of congregants 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.

Bring Old North to Your Classroom

Old North Illuminated is pleased to offer four new digital curriculum units that are free for educators. These fully developed multimedia lessons engage students and inspire them to consider big questions. Learn about our classroom resources below! 

History Mystery (Grades 4 – 8): Who held the famous lantern signals in Old North Church’s steeple? Watch our three-part video series to solve this “history mystery” while learning to think like a historian.

Behind the Scenes Tour (Grades 5 – 12): Take a half-hour video tour of Old North Church’s most compelling spaces. Learn about the many people who helped build the church and its community over the past 300 years.

Chocolate as a Lens to the Past (Grade 5): In six different lessons, students are challenged to look at the history of chocolate in Boston from both a historical and scientific perspective while analyzing a variety of primary sources and designing their own scientific investigations.

Cacao and Colonial Chocolate (Grades 9 – 12): This curriculum for high school students traces the history of chocolate from the Maya through colonial Boston and the slave trade to the present day chocolate industry and its connection to child labor.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about any of these resources, please email Emily Spence at espence@oldnorth.com.

Children watching their teacher in a classroom.

Explore Old North Church with Bloomberg Connects

Explore Old North Church in a whole new way.

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.

Bloomberg Connects QR Code

 

A House of Prayer for All People

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 10am* by clicking here.

If you would like to join us for worship in-person on Sunday, please click here to register, or contact the church office via email: congregation@oldnorth.com. Please note – registration is requested prior to 3pm Saturday before the Sunday service.

*Beginning Sunday, October 16, and continuing through Sunday, July 9, our worship service will begin at 11am.

Old North Church's sanctuary.