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Old North welcomes school groups!

What to Expect: When your class visits our campus, students will start their experience with a brief talk about the history of Old North Church in our scenic courtyard. Then, your group will enter the sanctuary for a self-guided tour of the oldest surviving church building in the city of Boston. Students will learn the true story of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, admire the 17th-century angels flanking the church’s 1759 organ, and see a bust of George Washington that the Marquis de Lafayette praised for its accuracy. Old North’s knowledgeable Educators are stationed around the sanctuary to answer questions, and visitors can refer to informational materials that are available as a handout or on their smartphones, via a QR code.

Add-on tours of Old North’s crypt and gallery are available as well. (See below for details.)

Capacity: Our self-guided tours work well for groups of up to 25 – 30 people. Larger groups will need to be divided into smaller sections.

Price: Admission is $5 per person. For groups of more than 50 people, admission is $4 per person. Groups from Boston Public Schools receive free admission. 

Book Your Visit: For reservations, please contact our Visitor Experience Manager, Julius Hobert, at jhobert@oldnorth.com or 781-352-2069 to schedule your group visit. Please include the name of your school and school address, number of students and chaperones, and your preferred dates and times.

Questions: If you have any questions about our programs or if you’d like to create a tailored experience for your class, please contact our Director of Education, Catherine Matthews, at cmatthews@oldnorth.com. We are happy to work with you to create the ultimate visit for your students!

Learn about our add-on tours and free digital curricula below.

A girl with a backpack smiling in front of a bus on a school trip.

The crypt beneath Old North Church.

Tour the Crypt

See what lies beneath Old North! This 15 minute guided tour takes visitors through the church’s historic crypt, where more than 1,100 bodies are interred. Walk amongst the 37 tombs constructed below the sanctuary floors between 1732 and 1860. Learn about the construction of the crypt, view artifacts found in the crypt, and learn how and why crypts were used in colonial Boston.

Participants should be comfortable in a basement setting and navigating tight spaces. The crypt has low lighting, uneven surfaces, and is not wheelchair accessible. Historical topics discussed include death, burials, and human remains. Masks are required.

Age Level: Appropriate for 5th grade and up.

Capacity: 20 people per tour MAXIMUM. Due to the physical space within the crypt, we cannot accommodate more than 20 people per tour. However, we can accommodate 40 people at the same time by starting two tour groups in different sections. Please speak to our Visitor Experience Manager for more details.

Price: A crypt tour can be added to our basic self-guided tour for an additional $5 per person. For reservations, please contact our Visitor Experience Manager, Julius Hobert, at jhobert@oldnorth.com or 781-352-2069 to schedule your group visit. Please include the name of your school and school address, number of students and chaperones, and your preferred dates and times. We will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note we are especially busy with school groups from April – June.

Tour the Gallery

Explore Old North’s gallery, a paradoxical space that is home to both the church’s undesirable balcony seating and some of the sanctuary’s most costly and ornate items. In this 15 minute 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.

Participants should be comfortable climbing stairs.

Age Level: Appropriate for 5th grade and up.

Capacity: 15 people per tour MAXIMUM. However, we can accommodate 30 people at the same time by starting two tour groups in different sections. Please speak to our Visitor Experience Manager for more details.

Price: A gallery tour can be added to our basic self-guided tour for an additional $5 per person. For reservations, please contact our Visitor Experience Manager, Julius Hobert, at jhobert@oldnorth.com or 781-352-2069 to schedule your group visit. Please include the name of your school and school address, number of students and chaperones, and your preferred dates and times. We will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note we are especially busy with school groups from April – June.

The pipe organ and carved angels in the gallery of the Old North Church.

Free Digital Curricula for Your Classroom

Bring Old North to your school with fully developed multimedia lessons.

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.

Bell Ringer’s Agreement (Grades 4 – 8): This lesson provides students with an opportunity to read, decipher, and analyze a primary source document from colonial Boston, Old North’s original Bell Ringer’s Agreement ca. 1750.

Children watching their teacher in a classroom.

Explore Old North Church with Bloomberg Connects

Explore Old North Church in a whole new way.

The Bloomberg Connects app is another great way for students to explore Old North Church, whether on site or in the classroom. 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 during your tour, or to dive deeper after your field trip. 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

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