NU Bucket List #99: USS Constitution and Museum

Want to travel back in time? Head out to the Charlestown Navy Yard to tour the USS Constitution! Launched in 1797, the Constitution, AKA Old Ironsides, is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat. To learn more about the history of the USS Constitution and how to explore it, read on!

Named by George Washington himself, the USS Constitution was authorized for construction by The Naval Armament Act in Boston in 1794. The Constitution is most famous for its role in the War of 1812, but it was also used to sail around the world and to and from Europe on diplomatic missions. It has been on and off of exhibition in Boston since the late 1800s and now has its own museum!

Tours of the USS Constitution itself are free of charge to the public. Once you climb aboard, you can enjoy a presentation on the ship’s history every 15 minutes! You can also talk to the active duty U.S Navy Sailors stationed on the Constitution and ask them even more questions about the ship! If you’re older than 18, don’t forget to bring a government photo ID in order to get on the Constitution.The ship is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-6pm.

Located next to the ship itself, the USS Constitution Museum features over 2,000 artifacts and 10,000 rare books related to the history of Old Ironsides. You can find arms and armaments, artwork, logs and journals from the ship’s crews, and so many more tokens from the past 200 years of the USS Constitution’s existence. The museum is open daily from 9am-6pm and suggested admission is $5-10!

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