USS Constitution Museum
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).
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • EssexBetty64
    Essex, United Kingdom505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum
    We visited this museum while on the Freedom Tour. Recommended contribution $5-10 each. A excellent museum and certainly worth a visit especially if you have children with you (we didn’t). It’s very hands on and has a brilliant Lego room where you can build models.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Jaskel08
    California260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great compliment to the actual USS Constitution itself
    We came with two kids, ages 13 and 7. What we love about museums is if they have modalities of sharing, educating, and informing us. This museum embodied it. There were lots of unique interactive hand-on exhibits that even kept my 7 year old girl entertained. The museum gives great insight into the Constitution, and how worships functioned at the time that the actual ship couldn’t. What impressed me the most was the staff. One of the volunteers, was peppered with questions, from myself, over 15 minutes in regards to how cannons and cannon warfare about ships worked. What impressed me the most about him….. is his passion and love for knowing and sharing his knowledge.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • TN_Dave_00
    Annapolis, Maryland80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great museum to complement Old Ironsides
    This museum is a well run museum that gives a lot of perspective on how Naval architects designed and built ships like USS Constitution. The entry is by donation. It’s well worth your time to go see it after you tour the ship. You’ll learn some interesting things. The gift shop also sells some items made of reclaimed wood and copper, preserved from restoration work on the ship.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • OrlandoMouse
    St. Augustine, Florida2,239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit the Museum, the USS Constitution, USS Cassin Young
    If you are walking the red brick Freedom Trail north, you will eventually arrive at the USS Constitution Museum as well as the home of “Old Ironsides”. All of these are free admission. The museum is self-guided. It is an excellent place to learn the importance of rope manufacturing and the key role it plays in ships and shipping. Outdoors of the museum you can explore the USS Constitution ship. There are three deck levels you can explore but beware you will climb narrow stairs with rope handles. Also watch your head as our ancestors on ships must be much shorter than today. It is a beautiful ship. You can appreciate the handiwork it took to create a wood ship back in the day. Also, while there walk a little further and visit the USS Cassin Young, a destroyer from WWII. While there take a look at the torpedoes and depth charger models.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • ybqueen
    Centreville, Virginia43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ship Shape
    This is a small compact, but very comprehensive museum. It’s reasonable to enter, and the donations are suggested. Military both retired and active duty are free. There’s also an excellent gift shop with many appealing souvenirs as well as a library of books to purchase. There are interactive films to watch. The personnel are friendly and helpful. There is also a nice restroom.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • jtkoehler2
    271 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Done miss this gem
    Great info, great history info. Very good hands on for the kids, that will get them off their screens. I’ve done the ship, but I like the museum better. $10 suggested donation. We were there about an hour and half. Also there is war ship on the sight.. well worth a visit. Use Uber to get there and head back out.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 9, 2023
  • Evil_E207
    417 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Amazing Museum!
    While not the biggest of museums, it does exactly what it was designed to do - and could not be any better. The displays and the way the information was presented was more than perfect - couldn't ask for a more complimentary museum to the ship! A definite must for anyone interested in the USS Constitution and our navy's history!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written January 3, 2024
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DKMommy
Elkton, MD299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A great museum. Well laid out. Lots of interactive displays. You can design your own battleship. Fun for kids and grownups.
Written February 17, 2024
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Evil_E207
Savannah417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
While not the biggest of museums, it does exactly what it was designed to do - and could not be any better. The displays and the way the information was presented was more than perfect - couldn't ask for a more complimentary museum to the ship! A definite must for anyone interested in the USS Constitution and our navy's history!
Written January 3, 2024
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jtkoehler2
crawfordsville271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great info, great history info. Very good hands on for the kids, that will get them off their screens. I’ve done the ship, but I like the museum better. $10 suggested donation. We were there about an hour and half. Also there is war ship on the sight.. well worth a visit. Use Uber to get there and head back out.
Written November 9, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ybqueen
Centreville, VA43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a small compact, but very comprehensive museum. It’s reasonable to enter, and the donations are suggested. Military both retired and active duty are free. There’s also an excellent gift shop with many appealing souvenirs as well as a library of books to purchase. There are interactive films to watch. The personnel are friendly and helpful. There is also a nice restroom.
Written November 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

OrlandoMouse
St. Augustine, FL2,239 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
If you are walking the red brick Freedom Trail north, you will eventually arrive at the USS Constitution Museum as well as the home of “Old Ironsides”. All of these are free admission. The museum is self-guided. It is an excellent place to learn the importance of rope manufacturing and the key role it plays in ships and shipping. Outdoors of the museum you can explore the USS Constitution ship. There are three deck levels you can explore but beware you will climb narrow stairs with rope handles. Also watch your head as our ancestors on ships must be much shorter than today. It is a beautiful ship. You can appreciate the handiwork it took to create a wood ship back in the day. Also, while there walk a little further and visit the USS Cassin Young, a destroyer from WWII. While there take a look at the torpedoes and depth charger models.
Written October 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rashae Williams
Yardley, PA41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Came here with our 8 month old and also toured the ship. Totally worth it! The museum was great for all ages honestly, we loved it as adults but it was super interactive and would be fun with kids too. Lots of information and learning and really valuable experience.
They recommend $10-15 per adult as a donation fee but require no payment to explore everything. We parked at Nautica garage close by, which was pretty pricey but close to walk, that was nice.
Written October 21, 2023
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LAC
85 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This museum is interesting, but not as interesting as the ship itself right outside. If you have the time and inclination to pay the entrance fee, then it's worthwhile seeing. Otherwise, skip and focus on the ship itself.
Written August 28, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TN_Dave_00
Annapolis, MD80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This museum is a well run museum that gives a lot of perspective on how Naval architects designed and built ships like USS Constitution. The entry is by donation. It’s well worth your time to go see it after you tour the ship. You’ll learn some interesting things. The gift shop also sells some items made of reclaimed wood and copper, preserved from restoration work on the ship.
Written July 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jaskel08
California260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We came with two kids, ages 13 and 7. What we love about museums is if they have modalities of sharing, educating, and informing us. This museum embodied it. There were lots of unique interactive hand-on exhibits that even kept my 7 year old girl entertained. The museum gives great insight into the Constitution, and how worships functioned at the time that the actual ship couldn’t.

What impressed me the most was the staff. One of the volunteers, was peppered with questions, from myself, over 15 minutes in regards to how cannons and cannon warfare about ships worked. What impressed me the most about him….. is his passion and love for knowing and sharing his knowledge.
Written July 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

EssexBetty64
Essex, UK505 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We visited this museum while on the Freedom Tour. Recommended contribution $5-10 each. A excellent museum and certainly worth a visit especially if you have children with you (we didn’t). It’s very hands on and has a brilliant Lego room where you can build models.
Written May 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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