USS Constitution Museum

Photograph: Elan Fleisher
Free

Built in 1797, this legendary old frigate became one of the most celebrated warships of its era, taking part in over 30 battles and engagements. Ottoman polacres, French brigs and British privateers all felt the force of her guns. Today, "Old Ironsides" is the oldest commissioned warship in the world. Children can explore the inside of the ship, ask questions of the guides decked out in period garb, then learn about the vessel's stormy history in the adjacent museum—where they can also try out sailors' hammocks for size. Located in a converted pumphouse in the Yard, the museum has exhibitions that relate both to the Constitution itself and to more general naval history. Interactive displays offer a simulated hands-on seafaring experience: the thrill of battle on deck and handling the ship's massive sails.

Venue name: USS Constitution Museum
Contact:
Address: Building 22
Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston

Cross street: at Baxter Road
Opening hours: Museum mid Apr-mid Oct 9am-6pm daily. Mid Oct-mid Apr 10am-5pm daily. Ship Apr-Sept 10am-6pm Tue-Sun. Oct-Mar 10am-3.50pm Thur-Sun.
Transport: Orange line to North Station then 15min walk, or to Haymarket then bus 92, 93
Price: Admission free (donation suggested).

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