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Massachusetts Historical Society Exhibition: “The Dye Is Cast: The Interest And Ideals That Motivated The Boston Tea Party”


The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is proud to announce its upcoming exhibition, “The Dye is cast”: The Interest and Ideals That Motivated the Boston Tea Party, commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. The special show will delve into this pivotal event in American history through the perspectives of six Bostonians from diverse backgrounds and feature a remarkable collection of artifacts and documents from MHS’s collection. The exhibition will be on view from October 05, 2023 – February 29, 2024, in the second-floor gallery spaces. 

“We are thrilled to bring forth this exhibition and celebrate an event that had a significant role in shaping the path toward American independence”, shared Catherine Allgor, President of the Massachusetts Historical Society. “Visitors will have the chance to explore the historical context, understand the participants’ motivations, and gain a deeper appreciation for the lasting impact this incident had on shaping the United States.”

By examining the tea crisis of 1773 through the eyes of six Bostonians, each with their unique experiences and circumstances, this exhibition offers a fresh perspective on the events that unfolded that fateful day. 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 03, 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.

The exhibition will be held at the Massachusetts Historical Society, located at 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, from October 05, 2023, through February 29, 2024. Admission is free and open to the public during the following hours: Monday and Wednesday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 04:45 p.m; Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 07:45 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. Please note that the last admission for exhibition visitors is 45 minutes prior to closing.

For more information about the “The Dye is Cast: The Interest and Ideals That Motivated the Boston Tea Party” exhibition, please visit the Massachusetts Historical Society’s website at masshist.org.


About the Massachusetts Historical Society

Founded in 1791, the MHS is an independent research library and manuscript repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Massachusetts and the nation. The Society serves as a vital resource for scholars, educators, and the general public, offering a wide range of programs, exhibitions, and publications that illuminate the past and inform the present.