A Salute to Maritime Heritage

Come celebrate craft and scholarship at the USS Constitution Museum’s Salute to Maritime Heritage and presentation of the Don Turner and Samuel Eliot Morison Awards on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Join us as our honorees discuss their vital contributions to nautical culture, followed by a reception with hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. The celebration will conclude as we observe evening colors pierside at 7:53pm. 

The 2018 recipient of the Don Turner Award:

PT-305 Restoration Team

National WWII Museum, New Orleans, LA

In the Yard: Coffee with a Ranger

Meet a Park Ranger over coffee or your favorite beverage! Ask questions and discuss some of the many exciting offerings and stories connected with the National Parks of Boston! These meetings take place every morning from 9:00 to 9:20 AM throughout July and August at Decca (Building 10) in the Charlestown Navy Yard. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/bost/index.htm

A Sailor's Life & Legacy

Celebrate and honor our nation’s veterans at the USS Constitution Museum by asking yourself, “Is a sailor’s life for you?” Learn about the daily struggles that crew members on board “Old Ironsides” faced during the War of 1812 and how their stories continue to inspire people today. Admission to the Museum is FREE throughout the weekend for all military members and their family.

Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Friday

Explore the USS Constitution Museum for FREE on August 31 thanks to the generous support of the Highland Street Foundation. The Free Fun Friday program increases access and opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple cultural venues open their doors for free. Learn more at http://highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays.

In the Yard: Boston Navy Yard in World War II

Civilian workers at the Boston Naval Shipyard built over 200 ships, including 14 Fletcher Class destroyers. Learn why their accomplishments were so important for laying the foundation for the Allied victory. This 60-minute walking tour begins at the large flagpole at the base of Pier 1 and concludes with a special visit aboard Cassin Young.


Ready, Aim, Fire!

Are you ready to have a blast? Step into the role of the courageous crew who manned USS Constitution’s cannons and learn the science and steps required to fire a 32-pound carronade in our Ready, Aim, Fire! family program all month long from 1:30-4:30.

While at the Museum, don’t forget to explore our All Hands On Deck exhibit. This hands-on exhibit explores the other daily tasks sailors performed during the War of 1812 – from furling a sail to scrubbing the decks.  

Built to Win

Are you ready for a challenge? President George Washington needs you to build one of the country’s 1st naval ships – USS Constitution. Design, build, and test your own mini model ship’s strength and speed in our Built to Win family program all month long from 1:30 – 4:30.

While at the Museum, don’t forget to explore our Forest to Frigate exhibit. This hands-on exhibit explores the creation of the United States Navy and the early history of USS Constitution.


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