Post Office Box 291812
Boston, MA 02129-0215
FAX (617) 242-0496
Anne Grimes Rand, President
Celebrating its 40th year, the USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and those associated with her. This award-winning, not-for-profit educational institution welcomes over 400,000 visitors each year and charges no admission fee. The Museum provides an interactive, hands-on environment with innovative exhibitions. It is perfect for families and school groups seeking an enjoyable, educational experience where they can have fun while learning and exploring history together.
Located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, across from “Old Ironsides,” the USS Constitution Museum is a must see for everyone visiting Boston. Hands-on, interactive galleries let families of all ages explore the legacy of USS Constitution, America’s Ship of State. Swing in a hammock, furl a sail, holystone the deck, and face the enemy in battle when visiting the exhibit All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812. Learn the causes and impact of the War of 1812 on our nation in the 1812 Discovery Center. Come explore the evidence and see how a young nation launched a legend in the Museum’s newest hands-on exhibit, Forest to Frigate. Enter the 1790’s to follow the story from the forest in which “Old Ironsides’” timbers grew to her launch as a fully formed frigate. Decide for yourself what kind of ship to build, meet men like Paul Revere who labored to bring her to life, and test your shipyard skills.
Mission: The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution, by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and the people associated with her. We seek to create a positive, memorable experience for both children and adults by inspiring within them a love for the freedom that Constitution symbolizes. We will share Constitution’s contributions with a global audience, and we will strive to be the best museum possible based on scholarship and innovative ways of sharing Constitution’s stories.
Vision: The USS Constitution Museum ensures that the stories of USS Constitution and those who shaped her history are never forgotten, always remain relevant, and inspire as many people as possible.
Strategy: The Museum will provide a hands-on, minds-on environment where inter-generational groups seeking an enjoyable, educational experience can have fun and learn as they explore history together.
Open: April 1 – October 31, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November 1 – March 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
http://www.asailorslifeforme.org (online game and educational resource)
http://www.engagefamilies.org (resources for museum professionals about family engagement)