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Address: Bldg 22 Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Boston, MA 02129
Phone Number: 617-426-1812
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: At the USS Constitution Museum you don't just learn about history, you...
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.
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A welcome respite...and fun for the kids too!

If it's too hot out, the museum is air conditioned. If it's cold and wet, the museum is heated. If you just need a bottle of water or a toilet, they have both (and the toilets are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

If it's too hot out, the museum is air conditioned. If it's cold and wet, the museum is heated. If you just need a bottle of water or a toilet, they have both (and the toilets are free). If you've got kiddies with you, the museum is definitely worth a wander. Lots of interactive exhibits that are great for kids.... More 

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Paducah, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We didn't go on the boat, but did visit the museum and it was quite informative. If military history is your thing, then this is a must visit!

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raleigh nc
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

well designed museum with informative displays. the ship was closed during our Tuesday visit in March so we were happy to have the museum experience to familiarize ourselves w/ Old Ironsides. there was a model ship exhibit ongoing as well with very fun and enthusiastic guild members there to share their shipbuilding tales. fun time for our small group on... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

The Museum does a great job of making history interesting using all sorts of interactive exhibits for the kids. And if the kids are interested, their parents can actually pay attention too! Pretty cool.

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USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We were very excited to be able to finally walk the decks of this fabulous icon of the sea. The ship itself is amazing but we were also impressed with the enthusiastic and cordial crew members we met. It has to be a great honor to serve on this vessel and these folks were obviously enjoying their assignments. Be sure... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Old Ironsides is a "must see" when visiting Boston. This tall sailing ship is so well restored and preserved it looks new (OK almost new). Being able to walk around the upper deck and gun deck was amazing. I could only imagine what the sailors must have felt while in the grip of battle during the fight for American independence.... More 

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Warwick, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We really enjoyed seeing Old Ironsides. We took the water taxi over from the Boston waterfront - great trip over. The guides really knew their history of the ship and answered every question. It was really fun going onboard and seeing everything up close and in person.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The oldest active duty ship in the US Navy, we were able to board and explore it. Wow! I am glad I wasn't in the navy then! It is really small inside. We needed to go through a security check point (active duty ship) but that wasn't a big deal. I am really glad that we stopped here to visit... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

The USS Constitution is a great place to go and is on the Freedom Trail. The museum is not is interesting as the boat itself. On the boat you can check out a lot of different stories from the deck to the hammocks.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

There isn't anything like this ship anywhere in the US. We moved here from California and whenever we have guests who have never been to Boston, this is always one of our first tourist stops. The fact that it's kept seaworthy at all times is probably one of the most interesting things about this floating time capsule. The lines can... More 

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