Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is dedicated to telling the story of December 16, 1773. http://www.bostonteapartyship.com/ Join Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty as we take part in the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution!

Throw tea overboard from one of two fully-restored 18th century sailing vessels. See the Robinson Half Chest, one of only two known surviving tea chests from the Boston Tea Party of 1773. Be inspired by the award-winning film "Let it Begin Here". Come relive the famous night that forever changed the course of American History! Follow us on our other social media channels to stay up to date with al

Throw tea overboard from one of two fully-restored 18th century sailing vessels. See the Robinson Half Chest, one of only two known surviving tea chests from the Boston Tea Party of 1773. Be inspired by the award-winning film "Let it Begin Here". Come relive the famous night that forever changed the course of American History! Follow us on our other social media channels to stay up to date with al

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Happy 310th Birthday, Thomas Hutchinson! Hutchinson served as Royal Governor of  Massachusetts Bay Colony during the tim...
09/09/2021

Happy 310th Birthday, Thomas Hutchinson! Hutchinson served as Royal Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony during the time of the Boston Tea Party. A successful merchant, prominent politician, and one of the most important loyalists in the colony prior to the American Revolution. His relationship with Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty over the years was contentious at best. In response to the Stamp Act in 1765, rioters ransacked and destroyed Hutchinson’s home. During the tea crisis in Boston, to add insult to injury, two of his sons served as consignees for the East India Company tea. He departed in disgrace for London in 1774 never to return. For more on Governor Hutchinson, please visit https://bit.ly/3mEHGhQ

Happy 310th Birthday, Thomas Hutchinson! Hutchinson served as Royal Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony during the time of the Boston Tea Party. A successful merchant, prominent politician, and one of the most important loyalists in the colony prior to the American Revolution. His relationship with Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty over the years was contentious at best. In response to the Stamp Act in 1765, rioters ransacked and destroyed Hutchinson’s home. During the tea crisis in Boston, to add insult to injury, two of his sons served as consignees for the East India Company tea. He departed in disgrace for London in 1774 never to return. For more on Governor Hutchinson, please visit https://bit.ly/3mEHGhQ

In recognition of "National Be Late for Something" day, we highlight tea ship owner Francis Rotch. On December 16th, 177...
09/05/2021

In recognition of "National Be Late for Something" day, we highlight tea ship owner Francis Rotch. On December 16th, 1773, the day of the Boston Tea Party, over 5000 inhabitants of Boston and the surrounding communities anxiously waited for the return of Mr. Rotch to the final meeting of the “Body of the People” at Old South Meeting House. Mr. Rotch was sent to Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson to seek a pass for his vessel Dartmouth to leave Boston harbor with the tea onboard. Fifteen minutes before the meeting was set to expire (after a one hour extension had already been granted) Francis Rotch returned with the inevitable news: the Governor could not grant the pass. The Boston Tea Party would commence at Griffin’s Wharf within the hour.

In recognition of "National Be Late for Something" day, we highlight tea ship owner Francis Rotch. On December 16th, 1773, the day of the Boston Tea Party, over 5000 inhabitants of Boston and the surrounding communities anxiously waited for the return of Mr. Rotch to the final meeting of the “Body of the People” at Old South Meeting House. Mr. Rotch was sent to Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson to seek a pass for his vessel Dartmouth to leave Boston harbor with the tea onboard. Fifteen minutes before the meeting was set to expire (after a one hour extension had already been granted) Francis Rotch returned with the inevitable news: the Governor could not grant the pass. The Boston Tea Party would commence at Griffin’s Wharf within the hour.

Rediscover history aboard our 18th-century sailing vessel! ⚓️
09/01/2021

Rediscover history aboard our 18th-century sailing vessel! ⚓️

Rediscover history aboard our 18th-century sailing vessel! ⚓️

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) has once again awarded The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum ...
08/31/2021

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) has once again awarded The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for its 2020-2021 virtual programming! Huzzah!!! Each year the CILC’s Pinnacle Award recognizes various museums, zoos, aquariums, national parks, research and science centers for their “Programs of Distinction”. This last year the BTPSM provided interactive virtual content and programming to over 4000 students in over 30 states across the US. Experience these award-winning programs for yourself by booking a virtual experience for your school today! https://www.bostonteapartyship.com/virtual-field-trips

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, founded in 1994, and is the nation’s leading clearinghouse for interactive, virtual programs for students and Lifelong Learners.

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) has once again awarded The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for its 2020-2021 virtual programming! Huzzah!!! Each year the CILC’s Pinnacle Award recognizes various museums, zoos, aquariums, national parks, research and science centers for their “Programs of Distinction”. This last year the BTPSM provided interactive virtual content and programming to over 4000 students in over 30 states across the US. Experience these award-winning programs for yourself by booking a virtual experience for your school today! https://www.bostonteapartyship.com/virtual-field-trips

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, founded in 1994, and is the nation’s leading clearinghouse for interactive, virtual programs for students and Lifelong Learners.

124 years ago today, Solomon Shaffstall dictated this letter to his granddaughter Mary Lurana Cade Ford, which he signed...
08/25/2021

124 years ago today, Solomon Shaffstall dictated this letter to his granddaughter Mary Lurana Cade Ford, which he signed briefly describing the history of the Robinson Tea Chest- the only known surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party. This letter accompanies the Robinson Tea Chest on display at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Want to hear more about the history of the Robinson Tea Chest? https://bit.ly/383T2nb

124 years ago today, Solomon Shaffstall dictated this letter to his granddaughter Mary Lurana Cade Ford, which he signed briefly describing the history of the Robinson Tea Chest- the only known surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party. This letter accompanies the Robinson Tea Chest on display at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Want to hear more about the history of the Robinson Tea Chest? https://bit.ly/383T2nb

The citizens of Boston had many perspectives on the events of December 16, 1773. Visit our museum and hear their stories...
08/23/2021

The citizens of Boston had many perspectives on the events of December 16, 1773. Visit our museum and hear their stories! https://bit.ly/2WzSCCv #huzzah #bostonteaparty #livinghistory #bostonhistory

The citizens of Boston had many perspectives on the events of December 16, 1773. Visit our museum and hear their stories! https://bit.ly/2WzSCCv #huzzah #bostonteaparty #livinghistory #bostonhistory

On this date in 1740, British Admiral Edward Vernon, nicknamed 'Old Grog' (due to his grogram cloth coat) issued an orde...
08/21/2021

On this date in 1740, British Admiral Edward Vernon, nicknamed 'Old Grog' (due to his grogram cloth coat) issued an order that a daily ration of ½ pint of rum be mixed with 1 quart of water (4:1 ration water to rum) be given to the crew. Half of which was consumed before noon and the remainder after everything was ship-shape at day’s end. 16 years later this unofficial practice became an official Royal Navy regulation and continued until July of 1970.
Enjoy our recipe of this historic beverage!
– 2 oz dark rum
– Fresh squeeze of lime juice
– 1 teaspoon brown sugar
– 4 oz water
– Garnish with a slice of orange, lemon, or lime wedge, and/or a cinnamon stick.

On this date in 1740, British Admiral Edward Vernon, nicknamed 'Old Grog' (due to his grogram cloth coat) issued an order that a daily ration of ½ pint of rum be mixed with 1 quart of water (4:1 ration water to rum) be given to the crew. Half of which was consumed before noon and the remainder after everything was ship-shape at day’s end. 16 years later this unofficial practice became an official Royal Navy regulation and continued until July of 1970.
Enjoy our recipe of this historic beverage!
– 2 oz dark rum
– Fresh squeeze of lime juice
– 1 teaspoon brown sugar
– 4 oz water
– Garnish with a slice of orange, lemon, or lime wedge, and/or a cinnamon stick.

The BTPSM will be CLOSED on Sunday, 8/22, due to Tropical Storm Henri. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forwa...
08/21/2021

The BTPSM will be CLOSED on Sunday, 8/22, due to Tropical Storm Henri. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you soon! Stay safe!

The BTPSM will be CLOSED on Sunday, 8/22, due to Tropical Storm Henri. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you soon! Stay safe!

TEA TALKS return on Wed, Sept 29, 2021! Tea Master Bruce Richardson of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas will lead us in a webinar e...
08/20/2021

TEA TALKS return on Wed, Sept 29, 2021! Tea Master Bruce Richardson of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas will lead us in a webinar entitled "Tea Made Simple" and take the guess work out of making a perfect cup of tea. Tickets and information at https://bit.ly/3sajAMP

TEA TALKS return on Wed, Sept 29, 2021! Tea Master Bruce Richardson of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas will lead us in a webinar entitled "Tea Made Simple" and take the guess work out of making a perfect cup of tea. Tickets and information at https://bit.ly/3sajAMP

Protected and preserved for more than two centuries, the Robinson Tea Chest is the only known surviving tea chest from t...
08/18/2021

Protected and preserved for more than two centuries, the Robinson Tea Chest is the only known surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party of 1773. Read more about this fascinating relic here ▶️ https://bit.ly/3C0qrgm

Protected and preserved for more than two centuries, the Robinson Tea Chest is the only known surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party of 1773. Read more about this fascinating relic here ▶️ https://bit.ly/3C0qrgm

Calling all book lovers!!! When "Dying to Know Day" AND "National Book Lovers Day" merge, we say expand your knowledge o...
08/09/2021

Calling all book lovers!!! When "Dying to Know Day" AND "National Book Lovers Day" merge, we say expand your knowledge of the 18th Century! Learn how the tea party started a revolution! Witness the love between John and Abigail Adams! Discover an artist's success and struggle! Explore the world of tea! Visit our museum gift shop or Online Store today! https://bit.ly/2WWlvJa

Calling all book lovers!!! When "Dying to Know Day" AND "National Book Lovers Day" merge, we say expand your knowledge of the 18th Century! Learn how the tea party started a revolution! Witness the love between John and Abigail Adams! Discover an artist's success and struggle! Explore the world of tea! Visit our museum gift shop or Online Store today! https://bit.ly/2WWlvJa

Abigail Adams once counseled her “dearest friend” and husband John by saying “Remember the Ladies, and be more generous ...
08/09/2021

Abigail Adams once counseled her “dearest friend” and husband John by saying “Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors.” Download our TEA TALK on the Ladies of the American Revolution at https://bit.ly/33YpXXU and discover the contributions and sacrifices made by Daughters of Liberty during America’s struggle for independence.
#nationalwomensday

Abigail Adams once counseled her “dearest friend” and husband John by saying “Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors.” Download our TEA TALK on the Ladies of the American Revolution at https://bit.ly/33YpXXU and discover the contributions and sacrifices made by Daughters of Liberty during America’s struggle for independence.
#nationalwomensday

As of Saturday, August 7th, and in alignment with the other museums in Boston, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will ...
08/07/2021

As of Saturday, August 7th, and in alignment with the other museums in Boston, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will require face coverings for all museum guests ages 5 years and older for the duration of their visit. This is in accordance with recent CDC recommendations that fully vaccinated people wear face coverings in public indoor settings in areas of “substantial” or “high” transmission. Suffolk County, Massachusetts is currently designated as “substantial” transmission.
Thank you for your cooperation. Be safe and courteous. We look forward to seeing you!

As of Saturday, August 7th, and in alignment with the other museums in Boston, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will require face coverings for all museum guests ages 5 years and older for the duration of their visit. This is in accordance with recent CDC recommendations that fully vaccinated people wear face coverings in public indoor settings in areas of “substantial” or “high” transmission. Suffolk County, Massachusetts is currently designated as “substantial” transmission.
Thank you for your cooperation. Be safe and courteous. We look forward to seeing you!

As of Saturday, August 7th, and in alignment with the other museums in Boston, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will ...
08/06/2021

As of Saturday, August 7th, and in alignment with the other museums in Boston, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will require face coverings for all museum guests ages 5 years and older for the duration of their visit. This is in accordance with recent CDC recommendations that fully vaccinated people wear face coverings in public indoor settings in areas of “substantial” or “high” transmission. Suffolk County, Massachusetts is currently designated as “substantial” transmission.
Thank you for your cooperation. Be safe and courteous. We look forward to seeing you!

As of Saturday, August 7th, and in alignment with the other museums in Boston, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will require face coverings for all museum guests ages 5 years and older for the duration of their visit. This is in accordance with recent CDC recommendations that fully vaccinated people wear face coverings in public indoor settings in areas of “substantial” or “high” transmission. Suffolk County, Massachusetts is currently designated as “substantial” transmission.
Thank you for your cooperation. Be safe and courteous. We look forward to seeing you!

Join us for our interactive and immersive experience as you take part in the "single most important event leading up to ...
08/06/2021

Join us for our interactive and immersive experience as you take part in the "single most important event leading up to the American Revolution" - the Boston Tea Party! https://bit.ly/3iaLMvD

Join us for our interactive and immersive experience as you take part in the "single most important event leading up to the American Revolution" - the Boston Tea Party! https://bit.ly/3iaLMvD

Play your role in history and join our revolutionary team! View our available jobs: https://bit.ly/2KsEKjM
08/05/2021

Play your role in history and join our revolutionary team! View our available jobs: https://bit.ly/2KsEKjM

Play your role in history and join our revolutionary team! View our available jobs: https://bit.ly/2KsEKjM

The preservation of many artifacts of our nation's history starts at home. The Goodman family of Texas played an integra...
08/01/2021

The preservation of many artifacts of our nation's history starts at home. The Goodman family of Texas played an integral role in the safeguarding of the Robinson Tea Chest, the only known surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party. Discover the story of this incredible artifact at https://bit.ly/3zlehMS or see it in person at the BTPSM! #nationalsistersday

The preservation of many artifacts of our nation's history starts at home. The Goodman family of Texas played an integral role in the safeguarding of the Robinson Tea Chest, the only known surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party. Discover the story of this incredible artifact at https://bit.ly/3zlehMS or see it in person at the BTPSM! #nationalsistersday

Joining us tomorrow? Be sure to visit our gift shop and take home these sweet treats from America's oldest candy company...
07/28/2021

Joining us tomorrow? Be sure to visit our gift shop and take home these sweet treats from America's oldest candy company - Ye Olde Pepper Companie of Salem, MA! Chocolate was always taken as a drink in the 18th century; it was not until the 19th century that it was made into a sweetened bar which could be eaten as a food, but no matter how it has been enjoyed it has always been associated with luxury and indulgence. #NationalMilkChocolateDay

Joining us tomorrow? Be sure to visit our gift shop and take home these sweet treats from America's oldest candy company - Ye Olde Pepper Companie of Salem, MA! Chocolate was always taken as a drink in the 18th century; it was not until the 19th century that it was made into a sweetened bar which could be eaten as a food, but no matter how it has been enjoyed it has always been associated with luxury and indulgence. #NationalMilkChocolateDay

Did you know that all of our clothing, from headwear to the buckled shoes for our costumed interpreters, is handmade her...
07/25/2021

Did you know that all of our clothing, from headwear to the buckled shoes for our costumed interpreters, is handmade here at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and through various trusted vendors and craftspeople? #NationalThreadingtheNeedleDay

Did you know that all of our clothing, from headwear to the buckled shoes for our costumed interpreters, is handmade here at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and through various trusted vendors and craftspeople? #NationalThreadingtheNeedleDay

Celebrate Christmas in July!!! Although it may be too early to put up the tree, it’s never too early to buy a holiday or...
07/25/2021

Celebrate Christmas in July!!! Although it may be too early to put up the tree, it’s never too early to buy a holiday ornament! Check out our exclusive museum selections in our Online Store! https://bit.ly/31sPbOo

Celebrate Christmas in July!!! Although it may be too early to put up the tree, it’s never too early to buy a holiday ornament! Check out our exclusive museum selections in our Online Store! https://bit.ly/31sPbOo

Happy National Cousins Day!  Samuel and John Adams certainly made their mark on the pre-revolutionary landscape of 18th ...
07/24/2021

Happy National Cousins Day! Samuel and John Adams certainly made their mark on the pre-revolutionary landscape of 18th Century America. Second cousins through their great-grandfather, each exhibited their drive for justice and the common cause of liberty in the tumultuous years leading to the Declaration of Independence. Both figures served as delegates to the Continental Congress. Samuel Adams would ultimately serve as Massachusetts State Governor from 1784-1797. Cousin John would serve his newly formed United States Government as Vice president under George Washington before serving as President.

Happy National Cousins Day! Samuel and John Adams certainly made their mark on the pre-revolutionary landscape of 18th Century America. Second cousins through their great-grandfather, each exhibited their drive for justice and the common cause of liberty in the tumultuous years leading to the Declaration of Independence. Both figures served as delegates to the Continental Congress. Samuel Adams would ultimately serve as Massachusetts State Governor from 1784-1797. Cousin John would serve his newly formed United States Government as Vice president under George Washington before serving as President.

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My dream is to be a historian and I am always inspired by them when I come to Boston and see all the wonderful historians here. I know I could spend every day in 1773 and still love it and never want to leave. The Boston Tea Party is my favorite! I could not visit Boston with out visiting my favorite place! Thank you to the wonderful historians for the tour this past week. You guys are amazing and I was so excited to see everyone. I greatly appreciate the tour and all you have to do every day to make the tours run, that we see and do not see and during all the weather to make all the history for us. The historians are what make the trips for me and there would be no trip without any of the people we come in contact with. I always say you should be kind to them, thank them and treat them with the most respect. They work so hard and deserve nothing but the best. Visiting the museum was phenomenal as always and I was so incredibly happy to see so many wonderful historians. Thank you all for everything and all you do!! You guys are phenomenal, are inspiring, so very much appreciated and so loved. You all made my day and trip!! All the love and hugs to all!! 🖤💜💙
i thought you might enjoy my poem . . . Though it may not be as literary as Longfellow's, it is more literally correct. (-:)>
Bernie stays Warm during the Tea Party Reenactment on Boston Harbor!
folks this was my experience at the tea party museum
Our fourth grade class in Joplin, Missouri, had our own tea party (with a twist):
We need your help. Make any size donation to our fall fundraiser and help keep the Esplanade a green space for all. Make a small donation and download our packet with a coupon for free ice cream with our thanks!
Many people have been citing the current riots and looting as the same acts of the Boston Tea Party. I am just wondering how the museum feels about this analogy?
Release of The Noble Train The story of a twenty five year old Boston bookseller who dragged 60 tons of cannons to George Washington and saved the American Revolution https://www.amazon.com/Henry-Knoxs-Noble-Train-Booksellers/dp/163388614X
The History at Home series is excellent. It makes e want to return to the ship as soon as the cover-19 is over.
Destination Boston: Fascinating History, Interesting Tours On Land and Water https://www.justluxe.com/travel/boston-news__1969813.php
This little building here in Rotherham Yorkshire England is called Boston Castle. It was built to commemorate the Boston Tea Party. The man who paid for it was Rotherham’s solider and politician Thomas Howard Earl of Effingham. Thomas refused to go and fight the colonists. He is remembered today in the names of two cities in the USA and two counties called Effingham. The US Navy has had three ships named Effingham. Another local monument is the Victory Arch built at Parlington Hall near Leeds in 1783 to celebrate American freedom. The Patriot movement started as a branch of the British Whig Party in 1725. They were opposed by the ruling Tory Party. The story of the British Patriots needs to be told, along with that of American Tories.
I keep forgetting to share this photo with you folks, from that very foggy afternoon a couple weeks back. It's like a ghost ship :)