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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 #21 of 211 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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Banff, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I enjoy visiting the USS Constitution. We were able to board the ship. The Navy was on board talking and explaining the ship and stories. Some were in uniforms of the time period too. Well, worth the visit.

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Bellevue, Washington
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84 reviews 84 reviews
52 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We got there about half an hour before closing and they had already closed most of the interactive exhibits that I had gotten all excited about, such as firing cannons, furling sails and other things that sailors do. Still, we enjoyed walking around the decks of this huge wooden, admiring all of the intricate rigging and shiny brass fixings that... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Good, hands on museum with entry by donation. The boys liked it and I liked reading the personal stories of some of the sailors on the USS. Constitution. Get the ferry from Long wharf - it's a long walk from the MTR.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is free. The only thing is that everyone has to go through security as it's still a working ship. It's a beautiful ship and they have sailors in old uniform on board talking about what life was like and describing how the sailors of the time lived on board. A really interesting time. Very well done.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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79 reviews 79 reviews
40 attraction reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was pretty nice. I appreciate that it's free. There are two boats to look at and both are free so that's a pretty nice afternoon. The museum doesn't add much to the experience so save your money and go to the free exhibits.

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Ottawa Canada
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87 reviews 87 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I was surprised to find out that it was free to visit. There is a museum building, the USS constitution and a older (WW 2 I think) Navy Ship which we did not see as it closed earlier than the USS constitution. There were people waiting to go through security that did not know photo ID was required and were... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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202 reviews 202 reviews
48 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This museum peaked my interest with the manufacturing of chains that were produced for the world in this little part of the world. Amazing! Love the old pictures and enjoyed seeing how the chain link that ships use to anchor were produced. Usually this wouldn't interest me at all, but the museum did a great job with their exhibits. Word... More

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Chicago IL
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Engineering of the USS Constitution was amazing with at least three decks below. Found out there is 3 miles of rope holding up the rigging and the rope as made right there in the Naval Yard Rope Walk. 15 minute video gave a brief history of the yard and ship building history from wooden ships, steel haul ships, WW2 Destroyers,... More

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oakville
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Great to be able to tour the ship before it goes into dry dock soon. Had the added opportunity to see the Constitution the following day as it did its last tour of the bay before dry dock.

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Niceville, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

There were a few items of interest for adults, but mostly the museum seemed to be a hands-on activity center for the kids. Since I was there with my wife, I was a bit disappointed and left with the feeling that it was a forgettable experience. However, I loved seeing the actual ship and talking the the crew.

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