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USS Constitution Museum

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Address: Bldg 22 Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Boston, MA 02129
Phone Number: 16174261812
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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. 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 and is operated separately from USS Constitution (the Ship).

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All about the USS Constitution and ship building back in the day!

Went in on free entrance weekend (100th NPS anniversary) but this place is admission by donations anyway. They had great exhibits on shipbuilding, including an interactive game... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went in on free entrance weekend (100th NPS anniversary) but this place is admission by donations anyway. They had great exhibits on shipbuilding, including an interactive game where you can build a ship and customize its length, width and number of guns and proceed to battle others. Very informative, engaging and fun material. The USS Constitution also happened to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Excellent visitor centre with "hands on" exhibitions which taught us a lot. A great way to spend an hour or two whilst on the Freedom Trail.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An interesting museum for anyone interested in naval history. Entry is free, with a suggested donation of $5 Per adult and $3 Per child. Inside there are toilets and the building is air conditioned. There are many exhibits and models and some interactive sites mainly connected to US naval history. For anyone interested in this sort of thing, it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To be perfectly honest we went in here because it had air conditioning, a bathroom and was by donation. We decided to take a look around and ended up spending a couple of hours here. It is geared towards kids with lots of hands on activities. My kids (7 and 9) really enjoyed it and actually may have learned something.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Even the ship was dry docked, we couldn't tour it that days we were there because of the types of repairs they were working on. We were only able to view it from afar. It's still and amazing ship and worth the stop. It's near Bunker Hill so follow the Freedom Trail down.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Currently in drydock while they refit her hull, she's a hell of a sight to see. Free to the public, you can walk along her main deck, and gun deck. Amazing to be on such a historical ship. Word to the wise, the ladder's down to the gun deck are steep. Little ones and older guests should keep that in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ok to spend time relaxing - more for the younger kids to try things than teenagers who like trying out the hammocks

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Seeing all the navy and nautical history was really interesting. They made everything interactive and easy to grasp. Saw a lot of kids and they were actually learning and having fun!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Second time been there. Kids liked it. Lot of outdoor activities in place. Relive the history and Engineering marvel

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While the exhibits in the museum are interesting, the demonstrations are the best part. To learn the ships implements, and how they dealt with water-proofing was by far more interesting and educational, to us. I really enjoyed that they let us do the steps ourselves, after explaining how it should be done.

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Staying in Charlestown

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Charlestown’s hilly roads, narrow streets and gaslight lamps, make it an enticing neighborhood to visit. Follow the Freedom Trail over the Washington St bridge from the North End or take the scenic water locks to Paul Revere Park. Walk through City Square and stroll down cute Main street, wandering up the windy residential streets to Monument Square, where you can learn about the city’s history along with a great view of Boston at the Bunker Hill Monument. While it’s not a huge area, there are some excellent restaurants. Find your way to the Charlestown Navy Yard, which is a developing area with lots of condos and an additional site for Massachusetts General Hospital research centers. Here you will also find the USS Constitution Museum. After you’re done, hop on an MBTA ferry at the dock on Baxter street and zip on over to Long Wharf and the New England Aquarium.