Dreams of Freedom
Did you know that historically Boston is second only to Ellis Island as a gateway to America for immigrants? The city's newest attraction, a multimedia museum called Dreams of Freedom, celebrates Boston's legacy as a place where so many Americans and their ancestors first set foot on U.S. soil.
The new multimedia Dreams of Freedom pavilion, located on Bostons
Trail, opened on August 1, 2000.
It is situated at One Milk Street in Downtown Crossing, across the street from the historic Old South Meeting House. One
Milk Street is the birth site of Benjamin Franklin and home to the International
Institute of Boston (IIB), a Boston non-profit human service agency and cultural agency that provides comprehensive
services to nearly 7,000 refugees and newcomers from 60 countries annually. The
new exhibit is sponsored by Citizens Bank.
Dreams of Freedom occupies two floors of the historic Newspaper Row buildings. Visitors are invited to embark on a virtual journey through time as they explore 350 years of Boston history and the Massachusetts capital's role as a gateway to America. Visitors of all ages will enjoy this multimedia, multisensoral experience that takes them on board ship, into the home of the first Kennedys, and into the courtroom of Sacco and Venzetti. The trials of gaining status and citizenship are told in rap songs and games.
Families can also add to the oral history collection by sharing their personal stories of coming to America.
Dreams of Freedom is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December. Adult admission is $7.50, and childrens passports are $3.50. The museum is wheelchair accessible. Allow about an hour for your visit. Information for visitors, including directions to the museum and parking information, is available at the Dreams of Freedom Web site or by calling (617) 338-6022.
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