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USS Constitution Museum

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Address: Bldg 22 Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Boston, MA 02129
Phone Number: +1 617-426-1812
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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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End of the Trail

Just keep walking it is worth it. The old dockyard is hardly recognisable but the museum and ship are great. At this time the ship is closed for MAJOR restoration, but as it is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just keep walking it is worth it. The old dockyard is hardly recognisable but the museum and ship are great. At this time the ship is closed for MAJOR restoration, but as it is in an old dry dock still good to see.

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking on the deck of the USS Constitution is an amazing historical experience. Even before you go below deck and explore this amazing ship, you'll be impressed with the majesty of this vessel. There were active duty service personnel ready to answer questions, and it was great to see the pride they took from being assigned to this ship. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really great place to see some of the maritime history of Boston, well worth visiting and learning more about the USS Constitution

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Redding, Connecticut
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on one of our bus tours. We were unable to go abord the ship as it was not open for viewing. The museum itself was dull. It seemed to be more for little kids. As I was traveling with my teen daughter, we spent more time in the gift shop, but even then, didn't find much of... More 

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Estero, FL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The ship was in dry dock so although we could walk around on it I wasn't able to get a good picture of the entire thing. Sigh... The kid friendly museum was actually pretty entertaining and being able to explore it a bit was fun. But unless you have kids or unlimited time in the city, I would probably wait... More 

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum did not charge entrance fee, but asked for donation at the door. we felt harassed to donate because the person at the desk mentioned a "suggested donation of $5 per person and that they accepted credit cards. Other than that, this was an enjoyable tour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the museum when I was doing the freedom trail. An interesting place for both adults and children. Definitely one of the stops on the trail that deserves time

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful aggregation of history surrounding the USS Constitution, the War of 1812, and 19th century sailing and military technology. The USS Constitution itself was under renovation and I look forward to seeing her in her glory with masts and rigging back in place. I was fascinated to see the disassembled ship and the kids enjoyed getting to... More 

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This tour is unique because the guides are actual active duty members of the Navy. Very knowledgeable about the ship and so cool to get to go below deck.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately we arrived late so could only stay a brief time, but the staff were welcoming and my 11 year old boys loved the hands on learning stations. They said they liked this even more than the science museum.

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Charlestown
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.
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