Massachusetts Historical Society


Current Exhibition

"The Dye is cast": Interests & Ideals That Motivated the Boston Tea Party

5 October, 2023, to 29 February, 2024

Commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

In 1773, Boston was on the verge of revolution. Bostonians were not united in their opinions about, or even their interest in, what took place on the evening of 16 December. This exhibition delves into this pivotal moment in American history through the perspectives of six individuals from diverse backgrounds and features a remarkable collection of artifacts and documents from the MHS collection.

Featured individuals include Paul Revere, Joseph Warren, Phillis Wheatley, Prince Hall, John Rowe, and Thomas Hutchinson, whose stories give insight as to why the Boston Tea Party happened. The exhibition will showcase historical artifacts, including the Tradesmen's Protest against the Proceedings of the Merchants, November 3, 1773, and the Edes family punch bowl, as well as immediate reactions to the event, among others. These items provide tangible connections to the past and allow visitors to immerse themselves in the historical context of the Boston Tea Party.

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