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.
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