USS Constitution Museum

USS Constitution Museum The Museum preserves and shares the stories of "Old Ironsides" and those who shaped her history with exhibits and programs for all ages. The USS Constitution Museum preserves and shares the stories of "Old Ironsides" and those who shaped her history with exhibits and programs for all ages.
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The USS Constitution Museum and the USS Constitution (the Ship) are operated by different organizations. See the Ship's website (http://www.navy.mil/local/constitution/) for the most up-to-date information about the Ship's public visitation hours.

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USS Constitution inspires poets of all ages! 📝 These poems and drawings by Boston Public Schools students from Samuel Ad...
04/14/2021

USS Constitution inspires poets of all ages! 📝 These poems and drawings by Boston Public Schools students from Samuel Adams Elementary after a field trip to the Charlestown Navy Yard would make Oliver Wendell Holmes proud. #NationalPoetryMonth

We are honored to be in the running for one of USA Today's @10Best Readers' Choice travel awards! Voting is open through...
04/13/2021

We are honored to be in the running for one of USA Today's @10Best Readers' Choice travel awards! Voting is open through May 10. Thanks for your support! Vote now at bit.ly/3wNteXv.

Over the course of USS Constitution’s 200+ years, through wartime and peace, many have lyricized the ship’s history thro...
04/13/2021
Poems for a Nation's Ship - USS Constitution Museum

Over the course of USS Constitution’s 200+ years, through wartime and peace, many have lyricized the ship’s history through poetry and song. Visit our blog to enjoy a selection of old and new poems written in honor of America’s Ship of State: bit.ly/2OFJ31a #NationalPoetryMonth

USS Constitution is living history, captured in drawings, paintings, and photographs. The legacy of “Old Ironsides’” and its sailors are chronicled in countless annals. Over. . .

This poem “Old Ironsides,” originally written by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1830, was a rallying cry to save the aging war...
04/12/2021

This poem “Old Ironsides,” originally written by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1830, was a rallying cry to save the aging warship from the scrap heap. The poet's words were published widely and sparked a public outcry that eventually convinced the U.S. Navy to preserve USS Constitution. #NationalPoetryMonth

04/11/2021
A Voyage Through History: Founding the U.S. Navy

When the Continental Navy was dismantled at the end of the American Revolution, the decision to establish a permanent standing military was not without controversy. In this video, Public Historian Carl Herzog breaks down the process that eventually led to the founding of the early U.S. Navy ⚓️ bit.ly/3mxpzs2

USS Constitution Museum Public Historian Carl Herzog takes viewers on a voyage through the founding of the United States Navy, from the dismantling of the Co...

Soar into spring with the USS Constitution Museum this school vacation week! We have a variety of eagle-themed activitie...
04/10/2021
Soar into Spring - USS Constitution Museum

Soar into spring with the USS Constitution Museum this school vacation week! We have a variety of eagle-themed activities and will be open to the public daily from April 17-25. Join us in person or virtually from home. There is fun for all ages! 🦅 🌷 Find more info at bit.ly/3d4qXzm

Make like an eagle and soar into USS Constitution Museum this spring break. We have a variety of eagle-themed activities, like a virtual live encounter with a bald eagle, a windsock craft, bird scavenger hunt, and special Ship tour. Whether you visit us in person or join in virtually from home, ther...

Thankfully we didn't have to holystone the Museum to reopen! Experience life as a sailor and try your hand at this commo...
04/09/2021

Thankfully we didn't have to holystone the Museum to reopen! Experience life as a sailor and try your hand at this common sailor chore online or in our galleries. Play online at bit.ly/3d1SJwp

We celebrated our 45th anniversary and reopened today! Thanks to our friends USS Constitution for joining the festivitie...
04/08/2021

We celebrated our 45th anniversary and reopened today! Thanks to our friends USS Constitution for joining the festivities. Huzzah!

USS Constitution Museum's cover photo
04/08/2021

USS Constitution Museum's cover photo

We are open! 🎉 Come visit us Thursday-Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm. We can't wait to see you back at the Museum. Plan your...
04/08/2021

We are open! 🎉 Come visit us Thursday-Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm. We can't wait to see you back at the Museum. Plan your visit today: bit.ly/2PMxd5R

Join us tomorrow at 8am ET as we celebrate the Museum's 45th birthday! 🎉 🎈We'll fire USS Constitution's morning cannon, ...
04/07/2021

Join us tomorrow at 8am ET as we celebrate the Museum's 45th birthday! 🎉 🎈We'll fire USS Constitution's morning cannon, share memories of the Museum, & mark our reopening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Tune into the virtual celebration on Facebook Live: bit.ly/3wCpPKT

Tomorrow, April 8, we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the USS Constitution Museum's opening in Building 22 of the Char...
04/07/2021
An Engine House Becomes a Museum: Part II - USS Constitution Museum

Tomorrow, April 8, we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the USS Constitution Museum's opening in Building 22 of the Charlestown Navy Yard! 🎉 Since 1976, the Museum has told the stories of “Old Ironsides” through immersive hands-on, minds-on exhibits. Learn more about the Museum's journey from 1976 to today on our blog: bit.ly/31HLweg

Part I of “An Engine House Becomes a Museum” discusses the original use of Building 22 as the engine house, or pump house, for the. . .

Building 22 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, the red brick and Quincy granite building formerly called the engine house or ...
04/05/2021
An Engine House becomes a Museum: Part I - USS Constitution Museum

Building 22 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, the red brick and Quincy granite building formerly called the engine house or the pump house, was completed in 1833 to contain the steam engines, boiler room, pumps, and wells used to discharge water from the Navy Yard’s first naval dry dock. Today, this building houses the USS Constitution Museum! Learn about its transformation from engine house to museum on our blog: bit.ly/3cHzwzP

Building 22 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, the red brick and Quincy granite building formerly called the engine house or the pump house, contained the. . .

We've swabbed our decks and have the galleries in ship-shape for your return! The Museum reopens Thursday - Sunday from ...
04/04/2021

We've swabbed our decks and have the galleries in ship-shape for your return! The Museum reopens Thursday - Sunday from 10:00am - 5:00pm beginning this Thursday, April 8. 🎉 Plan your visit today: bit.ly/3cHNwtA

Play our award-winning online game, "A Sailor's Life for Me," and see if you've got what it takes to be a sailor on USS ...
04/03/2021

Play our award-winning online game, "A Sailor's Life for Me," and see if you've got what it takes to be a sailor on USS Constitution in 1812! aslfm.org
Illustration by Stephen Biesty © 2010

Beginning April 8, we'll be open Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Plan your visit today! bit.ly/3sMWqvt
04/02/2021

Beginning April 8, we'll be open Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Plan your visit today! bit.ly/3sMWqvt

Sailors are known for spinning yarns (telling tall tales) about dramatic adventures they’ve had out at sea. Continue the...
04/02/2021

Sailors are known for spinning yarns (telling tall tales) about dramatic adventures they’ve had out at sea. Continue the fun from April Fools' Day by telling your own tall tale with these nautically inspired mad libs – the more outrageous the story, the better! bit.ly/3wiBfmV

Breaking news: Iron hull original to “Old Ironsides’” design. Learn more in the article below and enjoy the start of Apr...
04/01/2021

Breaking news: Iron hull original to “Old Ironsides’” design. Learn more in the article below and enjoy the start of April with a fun new discovery!

03/31/2021
Rad Women of USS Constitution

Tune in for this virtual conversation with some of USS Constitution’s female leaders, past and present. If you have questions for our speakers, ask in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer during the program.

Join us TODAY at 4:00pm ET for our free virtual conversation with some of USS Constitution's inspiring female crew, past...
03/31/2021

Join us TODAY at 4:00pm ET for our free virtual conversation with some of USS Constitution's inspiring female crew, past and present. Don't miss this interesting and insightful program. Register now! bit.ly/3m6HUft

Did you know the Vice Presidential desk in Vice President Kamala Harris’s West Wing office is made of wood, copper, and ...
03/30/2021

Did you know the Vice Presidential desk in Vice President Kamala Harris’s West Wing office is made of wood, copper, and nails removed from USS Constitution? The desk was built in part by BU1 Hilary Lemelin, a Seabee assigned to Constitution! 🛠

For all you history buffs: the desk in my West Wing office was constructed by the @USNavy out of reclaimed materials from the USS Constitution warship. On this day in 1794, President George Washington signed the Naval Act which authorized construction of the USS Constitution.

Does your family have a history of military service? The Wylie family does! Captain Elizabeth G. Wylie was the first wom...
03/29/2021

Does your family have a history of military service? The Wylie family does! Captain Elizabeth G. Wylie was the first woman to serve in the Vietnam War. She arrived in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) in June 1967 and was assigned to the Command Information Center, Naval Forces Command. Her father, Admiral J.C. Wylie, served in the Navy for 44 years and became the first chairman of the USS Constitution Museum Foundation upon his retirement.

03/28/2021
1-Minute Artifact Video: Portrait of Abigail Chew

Abigail Hortense Hallam married Purser Thomas Chew in September 1812, shortly after Thomas returned from duty aboard USS Constitution. In this video, Manager of Curatorial Affairs Kate Monea introduces you to a portrait of Abigail Chew from the Museum's collection.

Visit our online Museum Store to purchase great books written by women! "The Town That Fooled The British: A War Of 1812...
03/27/2021
The Town that Fooled the British: A War of 1812 Story

Visit our online Museum Store to purchase great books written by women! "The Town That Fooled The British: A War Of 1812 Story" by author Lisa Papp, is a children's book about St. Michaels, Maryland and its role in the War of 1812.

https://store.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/catalog/product/view/id/46847/s/the-town-that-fooled-the-british-a-war-of-1812-story/category/1029/

The Town that Fooled the British: A War of 1812 Story St. Michaels, Maryland, is a town of shipbuilders whose reputation for crafting powerful schooners carries far beyond the shores of young America. And once the War of 1812 starts, that's not necessari

Long-time friend of the Museum and USS Constitution, Capt. Mary Jo Majors served a trailblazing 43 year career in the Na...
03/26/2021

Long-time friend of the Museum and USS Constitution, Capt. Mary Jo Majors served a trailblazing 43 year career in the Navy Nurse Corps and Naval Reserve. She continues to volunteer with military organizations and has been an invaluable mentor and role model for young women throughout their Navy careers. Thank you for your service, Mary Jo! 🇺🇸 #WomensHistoryMonth
📸: Greg Cooper

This National #MedalofHonorDay we remember and honor the brave men and women who went above and beyond the call of duty ...
03/25/2021

This National #MedalofHonorDay we remember and honor the brave men and women who went above and beyond the call of duty to serve our nation. There are currently over 3,500 #MedalofHonor recipients. Learn about four that received this military decoration while serving aboard “Old Ironsides.” bit.ly/3eTKXWD

U.S. Navy Photo by Oscar Sosa.

This week, USS Constitution honored the trailblazing first female Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, Loretta Perfectu...
03/24/2021

This week, USS Constitution honored the trailblazing first female Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, Loretta Perfectus Walsh, by naming a 24-pound long gun "Perfectus." Her legacy continues with the women serving in the Navy today. Next Wednesday, hear from some of these women who currently serve on "Old Ironsides"! Register for Rad Women of USS Constitution today: bit.ly/3cV7y2A

Today we honor the first women to enlist in the Navy, Loretta Perfectus Walsh, by naming one of our 24 pound long guns after her! If you missed the live tour, it is available on our page! Huzzah!

Happy #WhyILoveMuseums Day! The Museum's longest-serving employee and current President & CEO, Anne Grimes Rand, says "I...
03/24/2021
Anne Grimes Rand at the Helm - USS Constitution Museum

Happy #WhyILoveMuseums Day! The Museum's longest-serving employee and current President & CEO, Anne Grimes Rand, says "I love museums because they spark curiosity in visitors who sample our hands-on exhibits and contemplate life at sea. We share stories of innovation, teamwork, service and sacrifice, both past and present. We encourage life-long learning and inspire the next generation of citizens and leaders. What could be more exciting than that?" 💫

On April 8, the USS Constitution Museum will reopen to the public in celebration of its 45th anniversary! 🎉 Anne will be there with a wide smile under her mask to welcome back visitors.

Discover more about what inspires Anne on our blog: bit.ly/398AC5C

On April 8, 2021, after a temporary closure amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the USS Constitution Museum will reopen to the public in celebration of its. . .

“To her mast we shall tack the patriotism of our young Americans, around her let us gather the aspirations and ambitions...
03/23/2021
Julia Kochevar: A Young Voice for USS Constitution - USS Constitution Museum

“To her mast we shall tack the patriotism of our young Americans, around her let us gather the aspirations and ambitions of our youth.” So wrote 13-year-old Julia Kochevar in an impassioned essay about USS Constitution in 1925. At Julia’s school in Grand Junction, Colorado, and at more than 800 other schools across the United States, schoolchildren wrote essays and collected pennies to help pay for the restoration of a ship few of them had ever seen. Learn more about Julia and her award-winning essay on our blog: bit.ly/3jyKRUp

Grand Junction, Colorado is about as far away from any ocean as you can get in the United States. Located high up in the Rocky. . .

Capt. Sunita Williams' achievements are literally out of this world! She is a NASA astronaut, former commander of the IS...
03/22/2021

Capt. Sunita Williams' achievements are literally out of this world! She is a NASA astronaut, former commander of the ISS, and retired naval aviator who has spent 322 days in space—2nd all-time for a female astronaut. Sunita retired from the Navy aboard USS Constitution in June 2017 after 30 years of active-duty service. She is currently training for her third long-duration mission on the ISS. 👩‍🚀🌎 #WomensHistoryMonth
📸: NASA

Today is #RosietheRiveter Day! 💪 The legacy of women workers is celebrated daily in the Charlestown Navy Yard, where tho...
03/21/2021

Today is #RosietheRiveter Day! 💪 The legacy of women workers is celebrated daily in the Charlestown Navy Yard, where thousands of women fulfilled roles as riveters, painters, welders, and more during WWII. Learn more about these incredible women on the Boston National Historical Park website: bit.ly/3lvDvCg

03/20/2021
Why I Joined the Navy - Cesilia Aleman Hernandez

Every sailor has a story to tell. In this video, Seaman Cesilia Aleman Hernadez shares why she joined the Navy. Hear from other USS Constitution sailors on our YouTube Channel: bit.ly/38L0Mex #WorldStorytellingDay

Celebrate #NationalCraftMonth by creating a range of nautical crafts with step-by-step directions from the USS Constitut...
03/19/2021

Celebrate #NationalCraftMonth by creating a range of nautical crafts with step-by-step directions from the USS Constitution Museum! From a paper telescope to carving scrimshaw to baking a ship’s biscuit, there is something for crafters of all ages on our new Pinterest page. Explore today! bit.ly/38W7f6n

Join the USS Constitution Museum and USS Constitution on March 31 for an insightful conversation about leadership and th...
03/18/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Rad Women of USS Constitution. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join the USS Constitution Museum and USS Constitution on March 31 for an insightful conversation about leadership and the role women play in shaping today’s Navy. Register today! bit.ly/3vgF1wK

Meet some of the rad women of USS Constitution! Join the USS Constitution Museum and USS Constitution for an insightful discussion about leadership and the role women play in shaping today’s Navy. From exploring the depths of the sea aboard a submarine to serving on the oldest commissioned warship...

Irish-born sailors played significant roles on USS Constitution, from Marine private to surgeon, during the War of 1812....
03/17/2021
Irish on "Old Ironsides" - USS Constitution Museum

Irish-born sailors played significant roles on USS Constitution, from Marine private to surgeon, during the War of 1812. ☘️ This #StPatricksDay, learn about some of the Irish sailors who served aboard "Old Ironsides” on our blog! bit.ly/2IVtNqB

In the early years of the U.S. Navy, foreign nationals who retained their citizenship were often recruited for service. Immigrants to the United States, coming from. . .

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10 minute walk from North Station On the MBTA Water Shuttle and Bus Route #93 Near Sullivan Square station

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Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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At the USS Constitution Museum we are dedicated to engaging all ages in the story of “Old Ironsides” to spark excitement about maritime heritage, naval service, and the American experience. We ensure 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. We provide an environment where inter-generational groups seeking an enjoyable and educational experience can have fun while learning and exploring history together. Located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, the USS Constitution Museum is a proud partner the National Parks of Boston, Naval History & Heritage Command, and USS Constitution.

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You ought to do a video on the embroidery that the Constitution and other sailors did in their spare time.
Once again, we remember a horrific time in our country's history when people, globally, faced annihilation. Ordinary men and women, our fathers and mothers, grandfathers, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, heard the bell and answered the call--- and rose to greatness. "....we few...we happy few...we band of brothers". They are in their late 90's and they will not be forgotten. Thank you. Thank you for your service. USS CONSTITUTION . SONNET DECEMBER 7, 1941 Look toward the east and watch the rising sun. Beware the iron fist hid in the glove. And there's a third whose powers long begun. The Axis hawks pretending to be doves. Mark well the course. The years of peace now gone. The bugles called to arms. The ship bells peal. A harbor scorched one bloody Sunday morn. A President's resolved forged out of steel. And once again she filled a nation's need, Commissioned 'fore another day would last. The frigate that the Navy asked to lead A county's future sailed from out the past. A ship will live when people know her worth. And so she lives because of noble birth.
It is difficult to believe that sixty years have passed since President John F. Kennedy spoke of passing the torch to a new generation. Forty years earlier Lieut-Col. John McCrae, a Canadian soldier, who wrote of that torch. After four years of service on the western front fighting the dark forces of evil that had spread through Europe, he died in France, January, 1918. We are so grateful for all the men and women in our armed forces who are carrying the torch today. And we are forever thankful for all those who led the way. We thank you for service. USS CONSTITUTION . SONNET 1919. VETERANS' DAY A President wrote of the war. Do not Forget the sacrifices dearly made By your country's sons, for all those who fought, Those who are with us---and those who are dead. In years of peace to come, you might not know Their names or faces----or resting places. Think of their valor in fighting the foe. Think of the Furies---and blessed Graces. The poet wrote of singing larks and guns And failing hands that throw the torch to you. And breaking faith with them. Take heed, O sons. In Flanders Fields he told you what to do. A ship will live when people know her worth. And so she lives because of noble birt
While working as an electrician at the Boston Naval Shipyard, my husband was honored to have worked on the USS Constitution replacing and upgrading her wiring. He just passed away two weeks ago and our family was so proud to have her sailors serve as honor guards at his graveside ceremony. God bless, and Happy Birthday Old Ironsides!
Edward G Durivage giving a tour May 1963
USS Constitution at 1:1250 sscale Heinz-Peter Weiss (Germany) makes limited edition miniature paper models of historic ship at the scale of 1:250 ( See also Society of Miniature Ship Collectorshttp://smsc-home.org/index.html )
USS Constitution at 1:1250 sscale Heinz-Peter Weiss (Germany) makes limited edition miniature paper models of historic ship at the scale of 1:250 ( See also Society of Miniature Ship Collectorshttp://smsc-home.org/index.html )
Great program. Hope I can find it to show mt grandboys later.
USS CONSTITUTION Sonnet JULY 4 I never claimed a noble birth nor spoke Of those who dressed in suits with velvet bands, But learned the ways of copper, pine and oak And iron forged by master craftsman's hands. This ship is built in keeping with the past, Is hailed in celebration of the day, Is sailed, crew ready 'fore the mast. GOD speed---His grace bestowed along the way. Events occurred. They're writ in history. They tell of men who lived and died each year In wars fought to defend our liberty. Full measure given. Ay. The cost was dear. The questions circled 'round and 'round for men Would hesitate to let this frigate die. You know her story. Think on it, and then Teach others so they'll know the reasons why. KEEP HER FIT. FLY HER FLAG ON HIGH. UNFURL HER CANVAS. LET HER CANNONS ROAR. A ship will live when people now her worth. And so she lives because of noble birth.
First Memorial Day USS CONSTITUTION SONNET 1868 If you would close your eyes and breathe in deep, If you would pause and let your mind be free, Let not Hypnos's poppies trick you to sleep, Let visions ebb and flow...then you will see The ones thought lost to you have not gone far, The ones who lived and loved in every way Are part of the great cosmos like the stars, Are still as dear and near to you every day. And Heaven holds the ones you did not know, And heaven blessed because they paid the price. Be of good cheer, your memories keep the glow Between your place on earth and Paradise. A ship will live when people know her worth. And so she lives because of noble birth.
I really enjoy this site. Good info and articles. I grew up in Cambridge and my father was a rigger at the Navy Yard - he worked on the Constitution during her refits at the Yard. Great ship - been aboard many times - now live in SC so don't get there often now - but your site keeps me in contact. Thanks.
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