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“History Made Fun” 4 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 218 Attractions in Boston
Type: History Museums, Ships
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.
Cape Cod, MA
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“History Made Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

On an exceedingly hot day, we visited the museum and were able to take advantage of a BOGO deal for Boston residents. There was quite a bit of history relayed, but in a fun/modern way. Some history purists many bemoan the Disneyfication, but I believe you have to meet the visitor where they are. The members of the group seemed delighted with the technology used to tell the Tea Party story, as was I. I thought the interpreters were very good (our main guide was Sarah Fulton) - their deliveries were fresh and funny. The movie at the end was particularly well done. It was all too easy to imagine how it must have felt to face the might of the British Army. I got a little teary-eyed. The museum had many books in case one wants to learn further in addition to many cute trinkets and finer items. I think it is a very good family museum, especially as the Children's Museum is so close by.

Visited July 2013
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“A must do in Boston”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Wasn't sure at first as there is not much to see from the street. My son said yes, so off we went. Characters walk you through the history, with some audience participation. Not any that will embarrass you. Holographic action and historical movie. Couldn't have been done better by Disney. My son won't forget his history either. All museums should be this fun.

Visited July 2013
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“Highly recommend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Best Boston tourist site. I highly recommend. I'll be bringing all my out of town guests here. And there is an awesome gift shop for those Boston souvenirs.

Visited March 2013
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant visit wekll worthwhile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We had a wonderful time - the tour was well organised and contained a wealth of well planned and presented information. The tea room was a great way to end a fantastically educational visit

Visited June 2013

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Wilmington, Delaware
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“Exceeded my expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

I must admit that upon entering the main door that brought us into the gift store made me wonder how well the Museum would be presented. Well It was on par with Museums I've visited in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. The people were in period costumes and had the tour groups participate in their performance of the "Boston Tea party" I'm the typical wise guy that tried to throw them a cuve but they didn't miss a beat. That was a fun concept to the tour. The displays were excellent and the talking portraits were a surprise. The life sized "holographic" theater amazed my wife. She thought they were actual performers until they disappeared. The size of the ships made everyone wonder how people would actually travel across an ocean. There was a display set up with an actual Tea Crate from that historic act. The cafe was well appointed for tea and crumpets. Restrooms were clean and welll maintained. I think people of all ages that want to know about an important part of our history will come away with a least one "I didn't know that..." comment.

Visited May 2013

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