USS Constitution In Boston - The Oldest Warship
Enjoy an interactive experience and take a fascinating journey back to key colonial conflicts, when you tour the U.S.S. Constitution in Boston. First launched in 1797, the U.S.S. Constitution is a three-masted, wooden-hulled heavy frigate that played a central role in important maritime battles. Dubbed "Old Ironsides," the ship gained much of its fame after defeating five British warships and capturing merchant ships during the War of 1812. Located in on Boston's Freedom Trail, in the Charleston Navy Yard, the U.S.S. Constitution offers two historic ships, interactive exhibits, and hands-on programs that spark the imagination. Explore maritime heritage on the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.
Plan Your Visit
- Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm.
- The USS Constution Museum, located next to the USS Constitution is open daily, 10 am - 5 pm; Please check their website for admission pricing.
- Tours are free of charge. Please note, all persons age 18 and older must present a valid federal or state-issued photo ID or passport to board the ship.
- Ship Model Show
- On the Harbor: July 4th Underway Cruise Spectacular
- Below Deck Tour
- Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing
- School Programs
- Daily Programs
- Museum Store
According to the Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment Boston, today's U.S.S. Constitution maintains about 10 to 15 percent of its original wood, including the lower futtocks, keel and the deadwood at the stem and stern.
The U.S.S. Constitution Museum provides an "All Hands on Deck: A Sailor's Life in 1812" exhibit that provides insight into what life was like aboard the U.S.S. Constitution. Located a few yards from the ship, the museum features exhibits and artifacts that highlight Old Ironsides' more than 200-year history, including the ship's origins, role in the early republic, and the stories of the people who shaped her history.