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Planning a visit to Boston this winter and wondering how to navigate the winter weather? Here are 5 Indoor Tours that will keep the cold at bay. Take the winter weather in stride by exploring these historical sites.

1. Symphony Hall Tours: Take a free tour and go behind the scenes of America’s premier concert hall. Tours offer viewing of Symphony Hall public spaces and behind-the-scenes viewing, all this while learning about the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the acoustically perfect concert hall. If you are really lucky, you may view musicians practicing in the Hall. Complete the Symphony’s Tour Request Form to schedule a tour.

2. WGBH Tours: “Produced in Boston, shared with the World” is the official WGBH slogan. A tour of the state-of-the-art studios and see where WGBH creates their world-class TV, radio, web and community programs. Public Tours are free; it is advised to call 617-300-4211 to confirm a tour is scheduled.

3. Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library: The library is an historical Boston landmark and is housed in an 11-story building originally built for The Christian Science Publishing Society. The Mapparium is a three-dimensional stained-glass perspective of the world in 1935. It is a glimpse into geographic and global history. After touring the library head outside to the reflection pool.

4. State House Tours: The Massachusetts State House of Bulfinch design is one of Boston’s most iconic buildings. Go under the gold dome through the halls of the capital building and learn about the buildings Architectural/Historical Tour and Legislative Process Tour.

5. Boston Public Library & Architecture Tours: Built in 1895 Boston Public Library is America’s first free public library. Tour the McKim Building and view the buildings symbolism, marble, murals, sculpture and other art works. The building could best be described as one piece of artwork. Tours are free.

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