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“Sons of Liberty, Unite!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Congress Street Bridge, Boston, MA 02210
617-338-1773
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Ranked #12 of 220 Attractions in Boston
Type: History Museums, Ships, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts, Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: At the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, you can be a part of the famous event that forever changed the course of American History! It’s more than a stroll through historic artifacts – it’s an adventure! Located on the Congress Street Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts, this floating museum is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Live actors, high-tech, interactive exhibits, authentically restored tea ships and the stirring, multi-sensory documentary “Let it Begin Here,” are just a taste of what you’ll see, hear and feel. Meet the colonists, explore the ships and dump tea overboard just as the Sons of Liberty did on that fateful night of December 16, 1773. Stop in at Abigail’s Tea Room for teatime and visit the Gift Shop for special souvenirs. It’s educational, entertaining and enlightening — an experience not to be missed by adults and children of all ages. Your tour of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will last approximately one hour and will take you through a variety of displays that are interconnected. The tour is designed to give you the opportunity to participate, explore and learn about the people, events and consequences that led up to the American Revolution in the order in which they actually occurred more than 230 years ago.
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“Sons of Liberty, Unite!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

What a fun museum this is. There are costumed guides and they really get into their part. You start out in a “Meeting House” where you are transported back to the time of the Boston Tea Party just before the Revolutionary War. The re-enactors get you all revved up to throw the tea overboard. You then proceed onto a replica of one of the ships, The Eleanor, where you get to throw the tea overboard. I felt like I was a kid at Disneyland throwing over the tea. You are then led into the museum where it appears that you are back in time on the streets of Boston in 1773. Two women come out to speak and when they finish, you are amazed to find they were not real but a 3D hologram. You then proceed to another room with a small display, but what a display. There is an original tea chest from the Boston Tea Party on view that revolves in an enclosed glass case. It is unbelievable to think that it still exists. On the wall of this room are portraits of prominent people from that time: Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, John Adams, King George. All of a sudden, the pictures of John Adams and the King come to life and they exchange views. Very interesting and very cleaver. Lastly, you are led into a theatre where there is a short film about the beginning of the Revolutionary War and Paul Revere’s ride. The film is made in such a way that you feel you are right there with the Patriots. At the end of the film, there is an emotional singing of “My Country Tis Of Thee” where everyone joins in.

There is a lovely gift shop that we browsed through. Abigail’s Tea Room would have been nice to grab a spot of tea but unfortunately, they were closed.

My one complaint is that the museum doesn’t have their own parking lot. You have to park about 2 blocks away (we schlepped in the rain) in a parking structure and it is $12-14 dollars in addition to the entrance fee. But, all in all, it is a wonderful museum and shouldn’t be missed.

Visited September 2012
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“Boston Tea Party Ship”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

It was fun to take a tour of the Boston Tea Party ship and to listen to the historical stories from the tour guide. The ship looks rather reconstructed and not as authentic as I would expect it to be. But it is great fun for families to share the history with their children.

Visited December 2011
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CEOHistoricTours, Owner at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Dear Mr. Tim M.

Thank you for your comments on Trip Advisor about the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. It is only when we hear from our guests we are able to improve for future visitors.

I was quite surprised at your comments, however, because the ships are something of which we are extraordinarily proud and went to great lengths to make them authentic. Our shipwright, Leon Poindexter, is the foremost authority of heavy timber marine construction in the United States. He was the shipwright who built the HMS Surprise for the film “Master And Commander” and has also worked on the Bounty, USS Constitution and several other period ships of note.

While no one knows exactly what the ships looked like from 1773, Mr. Poindexter researched a very similar vessel to the Beaver which was built in 1772 at approximately the same time for which plans still exist. These plans were used to build the Beaver which was, as you probably know, not only a cargo vessel but was also built for whaling. The Eleanor, on the other hand, was a constant trader and was a bit more fancy as it was owned by John Rowe who competed with John Hancock to have the nicest fleet in the harbor.

The boats themselves were built in Gloucester at the Gloucester Marine Railway, the oldest continuously operating railway in the country and worked on by shipwrights from all over New England. The rigging was quite precise and done by riggers brought up from New Bedford. In short, no expense was spared in making these as authentic as we possibly could. I hope you will have an opportunity to come again and perhaps meet with Mr. Poindexter to have him show you some of the more important details.

Again, thank you for your comments.

Sincerely,

Chris Belland
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“Boston Tea Party & Ships Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Overall a good experience. The character players were great and the museum experience well worth the visit. The tour only visited one ship: the Eleanor; it would have been nice to allowed visitation to the 2nd ship also.

Visited November 2012
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“Sensational!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

By far the best thing we did in Boston was visit this museum. The costumed interpreters were outstanding, the events are interactive, and the museum itself is extraordinary; a great mix of 21st century technology celebrating an 18th century event. We greatly enjoyed our tour and participated eagerly in the singing, throwing of tea in the harbor, and speeches. Our children, ages 11 and 14, also thought it was great. Afterwards, we had a pot of tea in the tearoom, and were joined by a very charming costumed interpreter who stayed in character and shared fascinating insights into colonial history with my girls. I highly recommend this for families; it was fabulous and worth every penny!

Visited November 2012
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“Hosted by some talented "actors"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The experience a this museum is interactive, fun with just the right balance of education. I loved every minute of the hour it took to do the tour. Some very impressive technology too.

Visited November 2012
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