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Hands-On History Program

For over 200 years, USS Constitution has "sailed" through American history. Let your group experience a piece of the history with our museum educator and then enjoy self-guided exploration of our award-winning, hands-on exhibits. Choose from four different themes to customize the experience to your group's interests.


Time 60 minutes
(20-25 minutes with our educator followed by self-guided exploration)
Group Size 10-50 people
Cost $100


Hands-On History Themes:

  • A Sailor's Life for Me?: Discover details about the life at sea for new recruits aboard USS Constitution in the early years of the US Navy - the good and the bad. At the end of the program, ask yourself, "Is a sailor's life for me?" Reserve Now!
  • Constructing "Old Ironsides": USS Constitution earned the nickname “Old Ironsides,” but do you know what gives her that incredible strength? Find out how a unique design, American materials, and hundreds of craftsmen built a national symbol. Reserve Now!
  • Unfurl the Past:  Have you  ever wondered what it would be like to be a detective? With the help of a museum educator, your group will use primary sources to uncover the story of Constitution's greatest battles during the War of 1812. After unlocking these stories, explore more artifacts and stories in our galleries. Reserve Now!