USS Constitution Museum

USS Constitution Museum, Boston: Hours, Address, USS Constitution Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

USS Constitution Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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. Located across from the ship in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard. The Museum is private non-profit Museum and is operated separately from USS Constitution (the Ship).
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The area
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Neighborhood: 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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greglinmon
Las Cruces, NM586 contributions
Great history
May 2021 • Family
One of our favorite stops on the freedom trail. Lots to see in area. Kids ages 11 and 12 loved it. Mostly inside so nice on rainy day.
Written May 30, 2021
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Bailey G
Orlando, FL11 contributions
Excellent Compliment to Experiencing the USS Constitution
Oct 2020
Before I begin, please note that the USS Constitution Museum is DIFFERENT than the USS Constitution tour.

The ship tour itself is free and ran by the National Park Service / Active Military Personnel ( I believe). The Museum is on property, however seems to be privately owned and requires a separate admission fee to get in.

Now that that's been established, let me dive in!

In my review of the ship tour itself, I stated that this is a dream come true for me. As a lover of all thing historical and nautical, it has been on my bucket list to see the ship live and in person. I took the tour and, while I certainly was not disappointed, you don't quite get the full in depth history that lots of us desire.

The museum certainly picks up the slack on that issue! Admission is pretty cheap and military discounts are available. The museum itself has a fantastic collection of artifacts and does a supreme job of taking you through the genesis of this ship through modern times. It has some videos, it has a second story geared for more hands on learning for the children.

While we weren't able to take in the museum to its fullest extent (given we had a train to catch), it is certainly worth taking the time to visit while you're there anyways.

Overall I highly recommend to those who are lovers of history. Whether that's American, nautical or military history, you will certainly come out learning a lot more about something that has been an integral part of our country. I would say this is also really good for families, given the children experiences incorporated into the museum, however with any type of museum that is meant for more mentally mature individuals, this many not be right for everyone.

My wife just happened to be fairly taxed physically that day, as well as mentally from all of the other historical sites we visited leading up to this day, so she had a hard time fully enjoying it. I spent about 2 hours, could've spent a little more again if we weren't on a time crunch, fully taking in everything it had to offer.
Written January 17, 2021
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Jacqueline I
2 contributions
Informative and Fun!
Sep 2020 • Friends
Josh is the best tour guide! Very knowledgeable and I laughed at his jokes. I learned some new facts I can't wait to tell my family and friends.
Written September 23, 2020
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Sue C
Auckland, New Zealand26 contributions
Great boat
Sep 2019
All the history of this area on show. Lovely to see this old sailing boat, still in the commissioned navy.
Written June 18, 2020
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Maximilian S
Miami, FL146 contributions
A+ for American Heritage
Mar 2020 • Business
Joshua and Justin gave us an excellent tour of the USS Constitution. A+ to them both.

A beautifully preserved piece of American history displayed at the Charlestown Navy Yard. It’s a quick walk from West End and if you’re walking along the Freedom Trail you’ll come across it.

The tour lasted 20 min and you are free to roam around the 3 decks. You’ll learn a bit is history and see the sleeping quarters and canons all while imagining a crew of 400+ on board. Proudly displayed and beautifully preserved, it’s a must stop when in Boston.
Written March 15, 2020
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gcruicks
Wirral150 contributions
A must if in Boston
Oct 2019
This was a great part of our trip, my husband would definitely have stayed longer but we didn't have much time in Boston.
Written March 9, 2020
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TarJa
Salt Lake City, UT238 contributions
Fun
Sep 2019
While we were in the area (Freedom Trail), we decided to check out the museum. I'm glad we did. It was quick and fun. The boat isn't very big, but it was interesting to walk around the boat and go below deck.
Written March 3, 2020
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295jessicab
Portsmouth, NH106 contributions
Great stop
Mar 2020 • Family
Stopped here along our freedom trail visit. One of the only stops that doesnt require payment. They ask for donations. Great info. Nicely kept. I have boys 10 and 8 years that loved it.
Written March 1, 2020
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tarakkachouri
Dubai, United Arab Emirates18 contributions
Very nice museum
Feb 2020 • Family
It is a very instructive museum and kids as well as adults will learn something from the visit. The personnel and the volunteers are extremely friendly helpful. I liked the display.
Written February 25, 2020
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Jeff H
carmel, United States14 contributions
Great choice
Sep 2019
Always wanted to visit, have read numerous articles about the history of this great ship and only recently had the opportunity to see it first hand. Amazing display of a warship from another era, in pristine condition, great crew to provide the history and super view from the upper deck.
Written February 11, 2020
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