USS Constitution Museum
USS Constitution Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 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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  • 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 24 July 2023
  • OrlandoMouse
    St. Augustine, Florida2,343 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 25 October 2023
  • ybqueen
    Centreville, Virginia121 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 1 November 2023
  • jtkoehler2
    281 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 9 November 2023
  • Evil_E207
    405 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 3 January 2024
  • Alireza123
    Tehran, Iran1,354 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Different experience
    This museum is about the oldest warship still afloat.you can go both in the ship and the museum building beside it. As I have seen lots of movies which is happened in a warship, it was very interesting and informative for me. I could imagine everything. It is a free museum and you can pay as much as you want. It takes about one hour to see every thing.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 May 2024
  • James H
    Camp Hill, Pennsylvania73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Museum
    Visited here for the first time while on vacation and was not disappointed! The curators have done an amazing job detailing the history of how the USS Constitution came to be and the sailors' lives aboard the ship through fun, engaging, and interactive exhibits. Admission is by suggested donation (for two adults, we gave twenty dollars). The museum (and the separate USS Constitution ship) is a stop on Boston's Freedom Trail. Highly recommend to anyone visiting the area.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2024
  • Monica A
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unexpected treasure
    Do not let the initial glance at this museum cause you to underestimate it. We had three teenagers in our group. They were very engaged. As were many younger kids we encountered along the way. The adults had a great time too. One of the best hands on museums we have encountered. We loved it!!!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 June 2024
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,098 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More here than expected
    I did not expect a museum about one warship to have this much in it. There’s an overview video and a hallway with hands-on exhibits about ship design and construction and large models (one made of Legos) about the Constitution. I especially liked one where you design a warship and sail it into battle against other ships. Another exhibit area discusses the military and long post-active service of the ship. Another floor features a full exhibit on the lives of different crew members aboard the ship, from enlistment to battle. It’s a museum that warrants at least an hour before visiting the Constitution itself, which is docked a stone’s throw away.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 July 2024
  • Patrice A
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Required to visit the USS Constitution.
    The film is a must see, and does a nice review of the naval yard and currently military ship. The naval yard is still run by active naval officers, so you will see them around the yard. The museum itself is rather sparse. It is really a short visit on your way to the USS Constitution.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 July 2024
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Patrice A
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
The film is a must see, and does a nice review of the naval yard and currently military ship. The naval yard is still run by active naval officers, so you will see them around the yard. The museum itself is rather sparse. It is really a short visit on your way to the USS Constitution.
Written 12 July 2024
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA2,098 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
I did not expect a museum about one warship to have this much in it. There’s an overview video and a hallway with hands-on exhibits about ship design and construction and large models (one made of Legos) about the Constitution. I especially liked one where you design a warship and sail it into battle against other ships. Another exhibit area discusses the military and long post-active service of the ship. Another floor features a full exhibit on the lives of different crew members aboard the ship, from enlistment to battle. It’s a museum that warrants at least an hour before visiting the Constitution itself, which is docked a stone’s throw away.
Written 5 July 2024
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Monica A
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Do not let the initial glance at this museum cause you to underestimate it. We had three teenagers in our group. They were very engaged. As were many younger kids we encountered along the way. The adults had a great time too. One of the best hands on museums we have encountered. We loved it!!!
Written 14 June 2024
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GoPlaces04113360677
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Ship was awesome. It is a difficult hike from the Old North Church. However, the security workers, one in particular, were the rudest security I have ever experienced. I’ve been through screenings in DC, Philly, customs in foreign countries, and this young man took the cake. He found it sport to rudely ask each person why they were doing things like opening their bags, holding items in certain ways, etc. I opened my backpack to put my visor that was hooked onto it inside and he asked sarcastically why was doing that. I responded because every other security checkpoint requires this and he said well we do not. There was no line. It didn’t hurt anything. He was on a weird power trip. He was rude to the people in front of us kind of making fun of them while commanding them what to do. I told him he was not very kind and he tried to explain that he was just trying to help. Right. Apparently the navy employs this security and not the National Park/Landmark service. What a fail! I hope they are doing a better job training naval officers than they are with this security team. If not, we are all in trouble.
Written 5 June 2024
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James H
Camp Hill, PA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Visited here for the first time while on vacation and was not disappointed! The curators have done an amazing job detailing the history of how the USS Constitution came to be and the sailors' lives aboard the ship through fun, engaging, and interactive exhibits. Admission is by suggested donation (for two adults, we gave twenty dollars). The museum (and the separate USS Constitution ship) is a stop on Boston's Freedom Trail. Highly recommend to anyone visiting the area.
Written 19 May 2024
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jerrys01
Bel Air, MD621 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
During our recent trip to Boston, my wife and I visited the USS Constitution Museum. While there are plenty of exhibits, they are designed for children, not adults. While we were there, we saw multiple school groups going through the exhibition rooms. I do appreciate that the museum asked for donations instead of charging a fixed price, so at $20 for the two of us, our visit cost was reasonable.
Written 18 May 2024
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Alireza123
Tehran, Iran1,354 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This museum is about the oldest warship still afloat.you can go both in the ship and the museum building beside it.
As I have seen lots of movies which is happened in a warship, it was very interesting and informative for me. I could imagine everything.
It is a free museum and you can pay as much as you want.
It takes about one hour to see every thing.
Written 11 May 2024
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.

DKMommy
Elkton, MD290 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 17 February 2024
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Evil_E207
Savannah405 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 3 January 2024
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jtkoehler2
crawfordsville281 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 9 November 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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