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USS Constitution Museum

Bldg 22 Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Boston, MA 02129
+1 617-426-1812
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Bldg 22 Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Boston, MA 02129
Charlestown
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+1 617-426-1812
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Everything you want to know about America’s oldest active naval warship can be found at this museum. The staff and exhibits are beyond expectations. Learn how the ship was built, her exploits and triumphs, crew, history, etc. The adventure will instill a sense of pride...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The museum is staffed with navy personnel who can give details of naval battles and how the ship was rigged for battle. Hearing the bell makes you ready to snap to for details. Inside hull shows how cramped the areas were.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was there as a kid so I took my kids As far as i can remember You could tour the ship from top to bottom'

Thank david a
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little museum. Learned how to tie some knots and walk through what it was like living on a ship. There is no fee to enter, they take donations. Ship was outside to see, liked the time lapse of when it was in dry dock....More

Thank Pauline P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small museum with free admission. The exhibits and film do a great job though giving an overview of the ship and its history. Great place to stop before touring the ship.

Thank rm0463
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I had a great time visiting the USS Constitution and the Museum. I highly recommend stopping by!

Thank ChristinaHH84
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

History buff or not, this was a great place to see. Going below deck and seeing how the sailors and soldiers lived was eye opening.

Thank Brent F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this museum mostly displays the freedom struggles of USA from foreign rulers. it has nice interactive rooms for naval related items. it clearly describes the USA freedom history , ship building at those times and also has a audio visual hall to show related films....More

Thank sanjaya58
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even my teenagers found this engaging. They loved exploring this piece of living history. The docents on board had great stories and made the experience come alive.

Thank TamB77
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've visited this museum a few times now, and it's always interesting. The exhibits change frequently enough that you learn more each time. There are hands-on sections where you can get a real feel for what sailors experienced centuries ago. And the collections are fascinating...More

Thank GraceMarieGMC
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ronao769
11 July 2017|
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Response from kcs2699 | Reviewed this property |
You can easily follow the trail (just follow the red trailed marked on the sidewalks). But you might want to consider an inexpensive tour guide who will provide lots of interesting information about what you are seeing. Our... More
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stdur12
9 July 2017|
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Response from somereader | Reviewed this property |
When we were there in May, we could not go aboard the USS Constitution. We could walk around the outside and take photos, and visit the museum. Perhaps it will be the same then.
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drewtalk01
24 April 2017|
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Response from hrs314 | Reviewed this property |
I would go early in the morning. The museum can be done in 30 minutes or several hours depending on your level of interest. Talk to the crew on the ship. They tell the story best!
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