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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 #17 of 208 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We visited on a Monday so the ship is closed to visitors. There are still opportunities, however to take pictures. The museum is clearly aimed at kids rather than adults, but it was interesting nonetheless to discover about life on board.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

No, her sides are not really made of iron. But how she got the nickname Old Ironsides? ... well, just visit the museum to learn why and also discover other stories of the ship. The admission to enter the museums is by donation, but definitely visit the museum after exploring the actual old navy ship. Meanwhile, the ship itself is... More

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New york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Nice museum, well done, don't forget your picture I.D. you can get to it by walking if your up to a hike from market area. You can also take water ferry $4.00 each way from the pier by the Mariott. When you get to the museum there are two buildings which house a museum and the ship itself. it is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Being from Europe, I visited a few other prestigious ships. I find the history of each of one so fascinating. The USS Constitution got beyond all expectations. Our marine guide was awesome and told us a lot about the ship's history. I recommend to take the blue line boat back to Long Wharf. Nice skyline views from Boston.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed the tour of the ship, the museum was also very interesting. Next year 2015, it will be in dry dock for 2 years for repairs, so go while you still can. You won't regret it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

PARKING - take ticket with you for validation from the U.S. Park Service, or pay up. User and kid-friendly displays, knowledgeable staff (sailors) helpful and polite. Beautiful historical ship, and in excellent condition. Museum, gift shop, large tents for shade, and you don't have to request permission to board! Short line for security check. Similar to airport, but leave shoes... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Beautiful ship and great history. Two teenagers were excited because it's a "pirate ship". However, they ended up taking it a bit more seriously once they were onboard. Beautiful views as well.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Apparently everybody that's not an American is a terrorist threat. I showed my EU driver's license and several other types of ID but I could not for the life of me get inside and see that ship. Normally I would have brought a beer and drunk my sorrows away, but apparently bars only recognize passports as valid ID :(

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Great thing to see and visit its American history and a must see thing part the free don trail so a must see

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This visit was made at the end of June 2014 on a boiling hot day in Boston having been informed by the Hop on/Hop off bus that it was just ahead of us. It was interesting to see that there was security just prior to entering the small museum with information about the ship. Once upon the ship you can... More

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