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USS Constitution Museum

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Address: Bldg 22 Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Boston, MA 02129
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+1 617-426-1812
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

At the USS Constitution Museum you don't just learn about history, you...

At the USS Constitution Museum you don't just learn about history, you EXPERIENCE it! Furl a a sail, fire a cannon, and scrub the decks to learn what life was like at sea over 200 years ago. Fun for all ages, admission is simply by donation! Located across from the ship in the historic Boston National Park, Charlestown Navy Yard. Open Daily. The Museum is private non-profit Museum and is operated separately from USS Constitution (the Ship).

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Not your usual museum

The staff was wonderful! They were helpful with other points of interest in the area. The staff was willing to answer questions, and took pride in what they were presenting... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Deanna D
Naperville, United States
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Naperville, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The staff was wonderful! They were helpful with other points of interest in the area. The staff was willing to answer questions, and took pride in what they were presenting. History buffs and novices would both enjoy

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Small museum / more suited for kids -- nothing remarkable but informative and worthwhile - next to the Constitution

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We took the MBTA ferry from the aquarium to this fascinating Museum (they're every half hour). We're British & it was interesting to learn (in a great presentation) of all the madness we created all those centuries ago!!! An orientation film to start & lots of well presented interactive stuff to do. Great for kids. What the crew ate...their sleeping... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited it in Jan, it is the first time for me. It is near the end of the Freedom trail, a bit of walk, but totally worth it. The USS constitution ship has so much history behind it, the amazing part is that it will be still functional after the restoration. The museum is small (and donation only) but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we went it was free to tour the ship. There were plenty of "crew" on the the ship to answer questions. The museum was also very informative

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every age will appreciate the historical value of this ship, the museum was classic, inviting, full of engaging information, the tour guides are top notch, the ship is the most amazing thing to be on and imagine life on back in the day... it's the perfect stop on Freedom Trail!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved seeing the historical ships of yesteryear. You get to walk through the ship and see what it was like. I could imagine John Paul Jones walking around it. This vessel was made famous by the book "Six Frigates". This is also part of the Freedom Trail.

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ship is in dry dock so you can not get close. The museum was geared towards kids but we still found it interesting. Unfortunately they were closing for a special event and we only had about 35 minutes to see inside the museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of great displays illustrating the construction of the ship, it's military significance and the lives of sailors aboard it.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum, through its collections and interactive exhibits, tells the story of Constitution ("Old Ironsides") and the people who designed, built, and sailed her. The museum is also home to the Samuel Eliot Morison Memorial Library and includes a comprehensive archival repository of records related to the ship's history. Only enjoyed one piece of artwork which was of the ship.... More 

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Charlestown’s hilly roads, narrow streets and gaslight lamps, make it an enticing neighborhood to visit. Follow the Freedom Trail over the Washington St bridge from the North End or take the scenic water locks to Paul Revere Park. Walk through City Square and stroll down cute Main street, wandering up the windy residential streets to Monument Square, where you can learn about the city’s history along with a great view of Boston at the Bunker Hill Monument. While it’s not a huge area, there are some excellent restaurants. Find your way to the Charlestown Navy Yard, which is a developing area with lots of condos and an additional site for Massachusetts General Hospital research centers. Here you will also find the USS Constitution Museum. After you’re done, hop on an MBTA ferry at the dock on Baxter street and zip on over to Long Wharf and the New England Aquarium.
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