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USS Constitution Museum

Bldg 22 Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Boston, MA 02129 (Charlestown)
617-426-1812
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Ranked #20 of 213 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ships, Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. Stop in the NEW "Old Ironsides Discovery Center" to learn the causes and consequences of the War of 1812 and how the ship earned her famous nickname "Old Ironsides." 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. « less
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Fort Worth, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

If you like history, or sailing, or war then you will love this place. You get to actually go aboard the ship and talk to some of the men who actually are in service aboard her. They not only have a working knowledge of the ship, but also of the history of her as well. I have found this has... More

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Northfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This definitely was a different thing for the little ones. Younger one didn't quite realize where he was, but the older one was very interested in everything that they have. We don't realize how far we have come from way back and how many brave people fought for the freedom that we enjoy senselessly.

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Wiltshire UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 NEW

We went to see the USS Constitution on a Monday which is not a good idea as the ships are closed and only the Museum and Gift Shop is open. So suitably dissapointed we went to the Museum where we spent a happy 90 mins learning what made this ship so great and about the war of 1812.

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Mill Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Great information from active naval officers stationed on the Constitution. One officer gave us a thorough insight into how the sails were trimmed with different ropes (or "sheets") from the main deck.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Visiting Boston and being on the ship that turned the tide for the navel war against the british is amazing. To know also that it is still serving active duty is amazing too.

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Danville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

What an amazing ship with such history. You can walk along the main deck and tour the two decks below, while listening to stories told about the ship and it's all free. JUST BRING ID. They won't let you into the secure area without ID.

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Boston
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

After paying to see multiple historical sites throughout Boston, it was a welcome surprise to find out there is no charge to get on the ship! However, nothing is ever free...you MUST have a photo ID handy, and go through a TSA-style security check. We did see someone get turned away because of not having an ID, so they are... More

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

What a step back and time and all the staff are very knowledgeable. If you like history then you should take the time to do this museum and go on the ship as well. there are a lot of interesting artifacts too.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We missed it in 2012 because The USS Constitution had been taken out for a run in Boston Harbor on the one day we could visit; so this time it was the main priority for us on Sunday. We climbed all over the old ship; took pictures and visited the museum. Watch the videos which will give you a nice... More

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The museum was smaller than we expected, but provides interesting information and background prior to boarding the USS Constitution. Must pass through security with valid ID prior to entering the museum, which will then lead to entrance to the ship. No fee, but they appreciate donations. There are restrooms in the museum building.

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