Boston Symphony Orchestra opened on October 15, 1900. It was the first concert hall designed with acoustical principles in mind and is regarded as one of the two or three finest halls in the world. With the exception of the wooden floors, the Hall is built of brick, steel, and plaster, with only a moderate amount of decoration. An acoustically ideal stage was constructed for the orchestra. The walls, ceiling and floor of the stage slope inward to project the sound onto the audience. Today, 100 years after it was built, Symphony Hall still offers concertgoers a truly memorable experience.
The Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers offers tours of Symphony Hall during the Symphony season. Experienced volunteer guides explain the history and traditions of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, its musicians, conductors, and supporters, as well as offer information about the world famous Symphony Hall. Tours include viewing of public spaces in Symphony Hall as well as selected “behind the scenes” areas when available.