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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 207 attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Beautifully maintained ships, what a wonderful experience to be able to board and look around. Museum is interesting as well.

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Amherst, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is a must... do the ship, but make sure to tour the museum. There is no "set fee", but contributions are accepted, and certainly worth it. An interactive museum for little ones, and enjoyable for teenagers. Very impressed!

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Very kid friendly. Make time for them to play interactive games. My kids loved the role playing on the second floor. Find out what a young man experienced as he became a sailor. There is also a gift shop, which we didn't have time to explore. Even toddlers will enjoy running around.

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Noida, India
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88 reviews 88 reviews
44 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We went there in April 2014. Enjoyed the ride on USS Constitution first and then went to this museum which is 2 mins walking distance away from it. Spent more than 2 hours at this museum and came to know about more than 200 years of history behind it. You can get the best views of Boston Harbour from here.

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cheshire
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Got here via harbour cruise which was fun Enjoyed Second World War destroyer more than old Ironsides Found the whole security thing to access the USS Constitution quite bizarre have been through less to board a flight! Kids enjoyed it all

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Boston harbour cruise was fascinating, then an interesting visit to the USS Constitution, well worth the visit.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Last time I was in Boston I had the opportunity to watch the lowering of the flag and then the firing of a cannon from a sunset Harbor cruise. It was wonderful to witness, but I didn't get the chance to go on board. this time my friend and I prioritized that we were going to go and take the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

As a teacher of American literature for over forty years, I had to visit this ship. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., the Harvard Medical School professor and member of the "Fireside Poets," wrote an indignant poem "Old Ironsides" when he heard of the government's plans to dismantle this ship. It is generally thought that the public's reaction to this widely-published poem... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Superb, excellent historical overview of an important part of US history. The park rangers/docents are fabulous and this is hands down the most interesting thing to do in Boston. Go.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We tend to miss these great attractions in our back yards but this amazing little piece of history is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Pleasant location on the waterfront and the amazing ship will give you insights of what the battles were like in it's day. Take the time to walk around the dock area and... More

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