Pop-Up Visitor Center at 45 Devonshire Street

View of an open space with green carpet with chairs arranged in a circle. Three columns in the space are covered with historic map imagery.
Come inside the Pop-Up Visitor Center via the 45 Devonshire Street door!

During the Winter and Spring of 2018, Come Stop by Our Temporary "Pop-Up" Visitor Center!

Beginning on January 1, 2018, Historic Faneuil Hall closed for several months so that the City of Boston could complete restoration work. As a result, the main Visitor Center for the National Parks of Boston is now open at our "Pop-Up" location: 45 Devonshire St, next door to the Old State House.

We are only 2 minutes away from Faneuil Hall during this temporary relocation. Simply follow the Freedom Trail toward the Old State House. 45 Devonshire Street is opposite the Old State House. Follow the yellow arrowheads to the the 45 Devonshire Street entrance under the scaffolding.

Photograph showing a sign with an arrowhead and text reading "Visitor Center." Yellow arrowheads in windows lead to the entrance. Inset map shows route via Freedom Trail. Callout reads "Follow the yellow Arrowheads to the entrance."
Park staff member stands in front of large map while showing three visitors the distance between sites.
Park Staff and Volunteers are ready to help you plan out your visit with our new wall maps and interactive kiosk!

Plan your Visit

The "Pop-Up" Visitor Center will be open 7 days a week, 9 am to 4:30 pm, until Faneuil Hall reopens in the late spring/early summer. Staff have new wall maps, an interactive kiosk, and the ever valuable park brochures on hand to help you plan your visit to Boston's National Parks. Eastern National, the Park's gift shop partner, is also here at the "Pop-Up" Visitor Center. Eastern National offers a wide variety of unique gifts, souvenirs, and excellent guide books to provide more information for your visit.

Photograph of park staff members measuring and cutting green carpet tiles in an open room.
Park staff helping install green carpet tiles and setting up furniture.

Déjà vu?

Visitors and longtime neighbors may recall that the park visitor center used to be at 15 State Street/45 Devonshire Street from 1978 until 2012. This is the same place! For this temporary move the entire space was rethought and redesigned. Park staff, partners, volunteers, and our design partners Visual Dialog collaborated to put together a new concept for a Visitor Center. After Visual Dialog finalized graphics and designs, everyone pulled together to implement the plans in a matter of just four weeks. Facilities and Maintenance staff used their talents and skills to extensively rehabilitate the restrooms facilities and fix many worn out walls. Eastern National built furniture and display racks, and interpreters, educators, volunteers, and other coworkers all pitched in to move items and even laid carpet the day before opening.

When Faneuil Hall reopens, this space will revert to office space for the National Park Service. Though the "Pop-Up" Visitor Center will only last a few months, the lessons and design elements implemented here will make their way back to Faneuil Hall to continue to help you "Find Your Park."

To see more photographs and a before and after, visit Visual Dialog's page on the project.

Last updated: February 14, 2018

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