USS Constitution Museum, Boston
Categories: History Museums, Museums
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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Fabulous to see the USS Constitution and Museum. Great hands on activities for the entire family. We enjoyed engraving our signatures on copper sheathing which will be added to the current restoration... read more »
We did this as part of our trolley bus tour. It was raining on the day we visited so not very good for taking pictures unfortunately. We found the museum very informative. We went on to the boat itsel... read more »
We recently visited the museum. It was very interesting and educational. We wanted to viit the USS Constitution but it was in dry dock getting retored. We did get to tour the Cassin Young war ship was... read more »
I hadn't been here since I was a little kid, and I wanted to bring my kids here. The museum was outstanding, it was very interactive and informative. The kids had games to play, both physical and screen type. The artifacts on display were really interesting as well. Everything from a sailor's wooden leg, to models of what the Constitution looked like when it was a floating barn/barracks. The ship itself is in drydock now, so the masts are stepped down and the cannons are removed, but the tours are still interesting.
I visited about a year ago and whole the admission is free a donation is highly recommended. With that said I had a good time and learned a few things. I believe I went when I was a kid but didn't remember much. Just standing outside looking at the Constitution. And my shirt from when I was younger that I got from there. If you are looking for something fun and informative that won't break the bank then this museum could be what youre looking for.
A great stop on the Freedom Trail. I learned a lot a lot the construction of early American war ships from the museum. The name Old Iron Sides, I learned comes from its super reinforced oak hull that British cannon balls were said to bounce off of. Make sure you have your photo of on you as it is a active military base . You must pass through security to enter.
Slightly disappointed to be honest. I have 12 and 13 year old kids and they were more excited about leaving than anything offered inside. Granted they may be tired from the 3 miles of walking but I was not all that entertained as well. No cost to enter but donations are appreciated. One enjoyable experience was the copper sheet signing to be used for the refurbishing of the USS Constitution. See pics attached
I think they did a really good job with what they had to work with. They've made the subject matter pretty digestible, engaging, and entertaining for younger kids. It wasn't incredibly exciting for us older folks, but I was still able to get quite a bit out of it. I'd say if you're down by Old Ironsides or the Cassin Young, you should stop in here and you'll probably learn a thing or two.
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