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The final site on The Freedom Trail, this historical ship was crucial to the US’s success in naval battles for almost a century. The Constitution and the museum dedicated to it ensure that Americans will never forget the service of the vessel and its countless crew members.

Be sure to stop by next time in Boston and learn more with these interesting facts:

The Ship

The USS Constitution, or “Old Ironsides,” as it has come to be known, was one of the original six frigates constructed in the formative years of the US Navy. It earned its nickname during the War of 1812 in combat with the British frigate Guerriere. Though the British frigate fired round after round at the Constitution, the majority of them bounced harmlessly off the strong oak sides as if they were made of iron.

The Museum

The USS Constitution Museum, located in Charlestown Navy Yard, is a fantastic way to learn about the history of the ship and those who fought for America’s freedom aboard it. Current interactive exhibits allow visitors to simulate the life of a sailor by performing duties like scrubbing the deck and furling a sail in gale force winds. The exhibit “Old Ironsides in War and Peace” includes artifacts like a spike made by Paul Revere’s shop, while “Constitution vs HMS Java” features the wooden leg of a Constitution crewmember, 200-year-old fragments of sailors’ bones, Captain Henry Lambert’s dress sword, and much more.

Museum Hours

Open Daily | 9 AM – 6 PM

Admission

A suggested donation of $5-$10 for adults, $3-$5 for children, and $20-$25 for families, but visitors pay what they would like to.

Visiting in Dry Dock

At almost 220 years old, Old Ironsides’ countless expeditions have taken a toll on the legendary ship. It’s been located at Dry Dock 1 since last May at Charlestown Navy Yard for a three-year restoration process. Despite repairs, visitors are still able to climb aboard and get a first-hand view of a historical icon. Guests can even make their own mark by signing their names on a sheet of copper that will be placed on Constitution’s hull during the restoration.

Constitution Hours

Open Tuesday-Friday | 2:30 – 6:00

Open Saturday & Sunday | 10:00 – 6:00

Address

24 5th Street Boston, MA 02129