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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 206 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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Easton, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Old Iron sides. The oldest commissioned warship in the Navy. Step on her decks and take a trip back in history. Neat stuff all around.

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62 reviews 62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were glad we went to see the USS Constitution while in Boston. The museum was small but interested for younger kids. The ship itself was beautiful Nd it was. Pleasure to see it. Inside and outside. The nay yard itself was neT with the huge docking area and other ships and battleship. The gift shop and visitors center had... More

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Hong Kong, China
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58 reviews 58 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited one sat afternoon , greeted by a bunch of miserable bored 'jobsworths' who were full of their own self importance . Insisted on photo Id and removing belts for security but not metallic objects . Security alarms continually going off but the dimwits lacked the intellect to know why . The actual ship was not worth seeing , 99%... More

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Des Moines, Washington, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

The ship is wonderful and the best part the attraction is FREE! There are folks on board to answer questions but we were in amazement at the prestige of the ship.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

My wife and I had originally booked for what seemed a cruise on this ship, but when I got there I was told that the ship was not leaving the port until July 4. So I came to the conclusion that I was misled about the whole cruise thing, but nevertheless it ended up being free and I got my... More

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mims florida
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171 attraction reviews
344 helpful votes 344 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Next year the USS Constitution will be in dry dock for major repairs so visit soon. I did not enter "Museum" but did find the time spent on board the old warship excellent. The Naval personnel on board were knowledgeable, helpful, and informative but also unintrusive so one can wonder around all the decks at will (if you mind your... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

The coolest thing about this is that they will sell you a flag, and you can put it up on the "flagpole", (I don't know the real name), and then you have a flag that flew over the USS Constitution!

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