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We’re Open!

Old North Church & Historic Site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 11:30am – 5pm. General admission is $5 and includes a self-guided tour of the church with the chance to ask questions to our knowledgeable educators. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available online or in person.

Scroll below to learn about our new family activity and our add-on tours of the church’s crypt, bell ringing chamber, and gallery!

Masks are encouraged while indoors. 

Special Announcements

The Clough House is now open! Visit this historic building on Old North’s campus to see free colonial printing demonstrations and explore our new artisanal gift shop.

The crypt will be closed for restoration work later this year. Check back soon for more information.

Group Tours Are Available

If you are interested in organizing a group tour of Old North Church, please contact our Visitor Experience Manager, Julius Hobert, at jhobert@oldnorth.com or 781-352-2069.

Prince’s Pew Pursuit: A Family Scavenger Hunt

In this new activity designed especially for families, visitors explore Old North through a scavenger hunt narrated by Prince, the friendly North End cat who used to frequent the church. By finding clues and answering questions, participants will see highlights of the sanctuary and learn about Old North’s unique history.

Audience: Children ages 6-12 and their families

Cost: This activity is included with your admission ticket! To participate, simply request a copy of Prince’s Pew Pursuit when you enter the church.

Information about the Prince's Pew Pursuit scavenger hunt at Old North Church.

Tour the Crypt

Tour the Crypt

Did you know that over 1,100 bodies lie underneath the sanctuary of Old North Church? Explore Old North’s historic crypt on a guided visit with one of our educators. You’ll hear about the burial practices of early congregants and learn about some of those who have rested in this unique space for hundreds of years.

When: Tours typically run at 10:05am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, and 4:30pm. Check our online schedule for the latest information.

Please note that crypt tours will be on a temporary hiatus later in the year.

Length: 15 minutes

Tickets: $10 per person (includes general admission to the sanctuary). Children 5 and under are free.

Group Size: 1 – 20 people

Content: Historical topics discussed include death, burials, and human remains.

Note: Participants should be comfortable in a basement setting and navigating tight spaces. The crypt has low lighting, uneven surfaces, and is not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Masks are required.

Tour the Bell Ringing Chamber

Join us for a guided tour of the church’s bell tower! Visitors will explore the archive room and the bell ringing chamber: two behind-the-scenes areas that aren’t typically open to guests. Along the way, you’ll learn about Old North’s famous bells, notable bell ringers, and the art of change ringing. Visitors will also hear the story of the church’s three steeples and consider the paradox that the steeple represents.

When: Tours typically run at 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 4:00pm. Check our online schedule for the latest information.

Length: 15 minutes

Tickets: $10 per person (includes general admission to the sanctuary). Children 5 and under are free.

Group Size: 1 – 15 people

Note: Please note that the tour requires climbing two sets of steep stairs.

Tour the Bell Chamber

Tour the Gallery

Tour the Gallery

Old North’s gallery is a paradoxical space — home to both the church’s undesirable balcony seating and some of the sanctuary’s most costly and ornate items. In this guided tour, you’ll learn about the experiences of early Black congregants, both free and enslaved, who historically sat in the gallery. You’ll also get an up-close look at Old North’s beautiful 1759 pipe organ and the 17th century carved angels flanking it. The tour weaves together the stories of the many people whose labor and contributions shaped Old North into the place it is today.

When: Tours typically run at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Check our online schedule for the latest information.

Length: 15 minutes

Tickets: $10 per person (includes general admission to the sanctuary). Children 5 and under are free.

Group Size: 1 – 15 people

Note: Participants should be comfortable climbing stairs and must keep a close eye on any children in their group.

Free Colonial Printing Demonstrations

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill is a reproduction 18th century colonial print shop located inside the Clough House, a historic brick building on Old North’s campus. The shop interprets the connections between newspapers, the printing business, the American Revolution, active citizenship, and the juxtaposition of liberty and enslavement in the colonial era.

Watch as master printers demonstrate the colonial printing process, reproducing historic documents of the Revolution utilizing 18th century printing methods and materials, hand setting the type one letter at a time. Visitors feel like they are transported back in time as discussion about colonial printing encourages them to consider the role of the media then and today.

Admission is free and printing demonstrations typically happen throughout the day.

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

Planning a Freedom Trail Day?

Freedom Trail Plaque

To learn more about exploring the Freedom Trail’s official historic sites during the pandemic, including what to expect and requirements, please visit the frequently updated Experience the Freedom Trail Now webpage.

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