USS Constitution Museum, Boston

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Step back in time almost 200 years to experience maritime history at USS Constitution Museum. Housed in a restored shipyard building at the former Charlestown Navy Yard, the museum features an array of interactive exhibits and artifacts dedicated to the history and preservation of the USS Constitution. Experience life at sea aboard “Old Ironsides” by furling a sail and firing a cannon, or take a tour of the ship to explore below deck. Bring photo ID as you must have it to enter the museum. Arrange to visit USS Constitution Museum and other attractions in Boston using our Boston travel app .
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  • We stopped in here after visiting the National Park Visitor center and walking through the U.S.S. Constitution and the U.S.S. Cassin Young. It was a nice way to cap off our visit to the Charlestown Na...  more »
  • What an amazing piece of U.S. history! The staff share such interesting stories, and the ship itself is a treasure to explore.  more »
  • Thoroughly enjoyed this tour of "Old Ironsides". Also,if you purchase a flag (which we did), you can raise/lower the flag and get a lesson on proper way to fold the flag.  more »
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  • This is another must do if you’re going to do the Freedom Trail. What’s not to like? There’s a nice little museum before going out to the ship. There are real Navy personnel who can give you insights and history about the ship. Finally, the ship itself is something to behold. It has been restored extremely well
  • Our less costly and most interesting place we visited on our last trip in Boston. Free access to the ship and a little museum, comprehensive guide on the tour and very interesting stories about this piece of history. Make sure to have all people IDs, cause it's on a Navy base so you'll be asked to pass under metal detector/x-ray scan. The ship visit can be difficult for very young children, access on and off the ship and to the lower decks are quite steep and can be hard to climb for very young sailors ;)
  • Very informative! Learned so much about the history and significance of the famed warship and why it's such a national treasure. It's great that it has survived all these years and preserved for future generations. The museum also lets visitors experience what it was like for personnel of various ranks to work in the warship in its heyday and discusses their motivations for enlisting. The exhibition is quite comprehensive. I'd say allot two hours to see everything at a comfortable pace. It's pay-as-you-wish all the time, with $5 to $10 as the the suggested donation. We arrived from downtown Boston via the Charlestown Ferry. From the Charlestown ferry station, it's about a 10-minute walk to the museum.
  • Two museums and the ship in one afternoon, the whole experience was great. The museum holdings were phenomenal, there's a great balance of what's geared to children (and 30 and 40 something children) and adults alike.
  • Very cool museum. A lot of hands on exhibits for kids. Does a great job of showing what it was like to serve on the Constitution during that time period
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