The Paul Revere House

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19 North Square, Boston, MA, United States
(617) 523-2338(617) 523-2338
(617) 523-1775

On the night of April 18, 1775, silversmith Paul Revere left his small wooden home in Boston’s North End and set out on a journey that would make him into a legend. Today that home is still standing at 19 North Square and has become a national historic landmark. It is downtown Boston’s oldest building and one of the few remaining from an early era in the history of colonial America.

The home was built about 1680 on the site of the former parsonage of the Second Church of Boston. Increase Mather, the Minister of the Second Church, and his family (including his son, Cotton Mather) occupied this parsonage from 1670 until it was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1676. A large and fashionable new home was built at the same location about four years later.

Paul Revere owned the home from 1770 to 1800, although he and his family may not have lived here in some periods in the 1780s and 90s. After Revere sold the home in 1800, it soon became a tenement, and the ground floor was remodeled for use as shops, including at various times a candy store, cigar factory, bank and vegetable and fruit business. In 1902, Paul Revere’s great-grandson, John P. Reynolds Jr. purchased the building to ensure that it would not be demolished. Over the next few years, money was raised, and the Paul Revere Memorial Association formed to preserve and renovate the building. In April 1908, the Paul Revere House opened its doors to the public as one of the earliest historic house museums in the U.S. The Association still oversees the preservation and day-to-day operations of this national treasure.

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Paul Revere House for School Group Trips Grades 1 – 12

The Paul Revere House offers interactive educational programs designed to acquaint students with Boston’s long and colorful history. Built in the 1680s for a wealthy merchant, the house became home to silversmith and famous midnight rider Paul Revere during the Revolutionary era. In the 19th century, landlords divided the structure into cramped apartments for immigrant families. Containing remnants of many periods,the house provides a perfect setting in which to explore everyday life from colonial times to the early 20th century.

Reservations

We begin accepting reservations for the current school year the day after Labor Day.

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.

We accept reservation requests by phone(617-523-2338) or by fax. Before contacting the Education Department please fill out a Reservation Request Form (available to download below) to assist you in the planning process. We do not accept reservation requests by email. If you are planning to make a booking for April, May, or June, we encourage you to contact us several months in advance as these are popular times for field trips to the museum. The Paul Revere House also offers Outreach and Distance Learning Programs for School Groups. Please see School Group Trip Programs below to see which programs are available for Distance Learning to your School

Please remember that you do not have a reservation until we have confirmed the arrangements with you by telephone and you have received a written confirmation.

To request a reservation for a Paul Revere House site visit
or program, please use our Reservation Request Form

School Group Trip Programs

Site Visit

For groups walking the Freedom Trail or on a whirlwind tour of Boston,this is the perfect option. Outside the Revere House, a member of the museum staff tells the story of Revere’s ride and presents a brief history of his home. Inside the building, museum staff provide a fascinating glimpse into everyday life for the Revere family, describing the intriguing furnishings and personal artifacts on display. Plenty of time is available for questions. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 30 – 45 minutes
  • Grades: 1st – 12th
  • Class Size: Up to 40 people at a time.
  • Larger groups may reserve consecutive times (30 minutes apart).
  • Fee: 75 cents per child 5-17, $2.50 per college student or senior over 62, $3.00 per adult

The Man Behind the Myth

During a short slide presentation, children find out what really happened on Revere’s midnight ride. In small groups, students examine letters, advertisements and reproduction artifacts, looking for clues about the man behind the myth. Intriguing details emerge about Revere’s personality, contributions to the Revolution, large family and many business ventures. An interactive tour of Revere’s house completes the program. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 4th – 7th
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students.
  • Two programs may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130
  • One hour version available for classroom presentation. Fee: $175. (Outreach Program)

Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride: Storytelling Program

Find out what really happened during Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Watch a short slide show which separates the facts from the myths surrounding the ride, then retrace Revere’s route from his home in North Square towards the Charles River. Children don hats and carry props as they go,taking on the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their children, British soldiers, rowers, Samuel Adams, John Hancock and many others. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 1st – 3rd
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students
  • Fee: $130
  • One-hour version available for classroom presentation. Fee: $175. (Outreach Program)

Walking Tour: Paul Revere’s Boston

Explore the neighborhood where Paul Revere lived and worked. This tour includes stops at the locations of Revere’s silversmith shop and foundry, Boston’swaterfront, Copp’s Hill Cemetery and outside the Old North Church. As they explore the North End, students gather details about Revere’s life by inspecting prints and reproduction artifacts, and discover how Revere used Boston’s geography to his advantage. Price includes a tour of the Revere House and pre-visit materials.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 3rd – 12th
  • Class Size: Up to 20 students per tour. Two tours may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130

The Revere Children and the Siege of Boston

After his midnight ride, Paul Revere couldn’t return to Boston. Whatbecame of his family as patriot forces besieged the city, trying toexpel the British troops? Children find out as they take on the roles ofSarah, helping her mother pack to flee the city, and Paul Jr., leftbehind to guard the house against marauding soldiers. Pre-visitmaterials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 3rd – 6th
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students.
  • Two programs may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130
  • One-hour version available for classroom presentation. Fee: $175. (Outreach Program)

Boston’s North End: The Immigrant Experience

Paul Revere’s North End changed dramatically in the 1800s as Irish,Eastern European and Italian immigrants settled in the colonialdwellings in enormous numbers. At the City of Boston Archaeology Lab,students examine 19th-century personal care items, toys and kitchenutensils excavated at the Revere House. Each artifact providesfascinating clues about the families who lived and worked in the RevereHouse when it was a boarding house.

On a walking tour through the NorthEnd’s twisting streets and alleyways students hear accounts of childrenwho grew up in the nearby tenements, discovering how they helped supporttheir families by working as “newsies,” trooped to the local bath housewith little brothers or sisters in tow, played stickball, and helpedtend rooftop gardens. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 3rd – 12th
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students per tour.
  • Two tours may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130

Fun and Games in the 1700s

Introduce young children to life in colonial Boston through games popular in the Reveres’ era. Inside the Revere House, students search for beans, thimbles, a bed wrench and other household items colonial families incorporated into pastimes. Students then try their hands at games such as Snail, Button-Button, Jackstraws, Beast-Fish-Fowl, and Ninepins. Fascinating details emerge about many aspects of daily life. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: PreK-1st
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students.
  • Two programs may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130
  • One-hour version available for classroom presentation. Fee: $175. (Outreach Program)

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Admisson and Location Hours

Hours – Open Daily

April 15 – October 31 – 9:30 am to 5:15 pm

November 1 – April 14 – 9:30 am to 4:15 pm

Closed on Mondays in January, February and March.

Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The average visit is 30 – 45 minutes depending on the time of year.

There are no public restrooms or telephones on the site.

Admission

Adults $3.50

Seniors and College Students $3.00

Children (ages 5-17) $1.00

For group rates and reservation information click here.

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