Inside the walls of the Old State House, Samuel Adams, James Otis, John Hancock, and John Adams made history as they discussed the future of the British colonies in the 18th century. It was also the location of major events leading up to the American Revolution and is the place where five men were among the first casualties of the Boston Massacre. But the most significant piece of history happened here in 1776 when The Declaration of Independence was proclaimed from its balcony to Bostonians. Since 1881, the restored building began operating as a museum telling stories of how our nation was shaped. Explore the exhibits, listen to testimony from the Boston Massacre trial or participate in hands-on experiences with interactive exhibitions, the museum is perfect for all ages.