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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. Work out when and for how long to visit USS Constitution Museum and other Boston attractions using our handy Boston vacation route planner.
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  • This venue was open free of charge the weekend of the Tall Ships in Boston. It is a self-guided tour and was very interesting and it was challenging and fun making our way to the lower levels of the s...  more »
  • This museum is along the Freedom Trail and the USS Constitution and near the Bunker Hill Monument. The museum is a great experience for all age groups and is good for families with small children. The...  more »
  • The ship itself it's back in the harbor but you are not yet allowed to go inside. Bummer! However, it was pretty impressive to see it up close. The museum was a lot more fun than I expected. There are...  more »
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  • One of the best museums we visited and it is run on donations! The most interactive museum we've ever visited! Interview to be a sailor. Try your hand at balancing on ropes and pulling in the sail. Just incredible! Live narrator on board the ship brought the launching event to life! Disappointed the cannons were removed for restoration but even still an incredible stop on the freedom trail!
  • It's awesome to see such an old piece of American history so well maintained. It's pretty neat seeing her up out of the water while they are doing restorations, but right now all the cannon are off the ship, and the top half of the masts and most of the rigging is missing - I'll need to come back again after the restoration is done. You can still walk around on the top two decks, it really is a missive ship! The museum there is also quite good and is worth a few hours of time, and if you're interested in ww2 history, there's a destroyer from 1943 that can be touted as well.
  • I toured the ship. While listening to the tour guide, something caught my eye to my right. When I turned to look at what it was I saw a man dressed in period clothing walking across the room next to us. I thought it was really cool that they employed people to dress in period clothing as actors of the time and I expressed that to the tour guide and asked him why he wasn't also dressed in period clothing. The tour guide responded that they don't employ actors to dress in period clothing for the tours. But I knew what I saw, so I immediately ran into the room I saw the man in but nobody was there!
  • What a unique experience for anyone interested in sailing or Navy History! Don't miss trying out the hammocks on the second floor! It is good to be aware that the museum is separately run from the ship. The museum is a non-profit, donation based site, and the ship is run by the Navy, is free, requires photo ID, and the ship's hours are more limited than the museum hours due to the restoration.
  • Although the ship was under going renovations when we visited it was still a unique stop. Was very cool seeing the Navy practicing their demonstration with the cannon when we stopped. Great view of the Boston downtown skyline from this harbor.

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