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At the USS Constitution Museum you don’t just learn about history you experience it!  Join us in participating in one or more of our many events. Questions?  Call 617.426.1812


The USS Constitution Museum is Proud to be part of the Blue Star Family. We offer FREE admission for active duty, National Guard and Reserve military and their families from Memorial Day - Labor Day.

 

 


June 20th - August 31st

Where on the Waterfront is Bustah the Crab and his family?


Calling all hands! Guerriere’s friend Bustah the Crab has hidden himself somewhere in the museum.  Keep your eyes peeled as you explore the galleries. If you find Bustah, take a photo with him and upload it to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using #SOTWbos, and you will be entered to win weekly prizes!

For a full list of all the locations Bustah & his family are hiding, visit Summer on the Waterfront.


Summer on the Waterfront

The USS Constitution Museum is a proud partner of Summer on the Waterfront, an endeavor by The Boston Harbor Assocaition and partner organizations to encourage all to enjoy in Boston's waterfront cultural institutions, parks, beaches, dining, and more!

Eat.Splash.Shop.Learn. Rediscover Boston's waterfront this summer

 

 


August 30 - September 1

Laboring the Day Away
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM


A sailor’s job was never done! This Labor Day, lend us a hand and try out the hard work a sailor had to do day in and day out. Visitors to the Museum will be able to balance on a footrope to furl a sail, scrub the deck with a holystone, practice their knot tying skills, and cook a (make-believe) meal. Try your hand at some specialized sailor jobs and learn to fire an Alka-Seltzer cannon or add waterproofing to the deck. After all of this exhausting work, don’t forget to take a nap in one of our hammocks! Are you ready to scrub the decks?

 


September 17

Lowell Program Series
"The U.S. Navy in the War of 1812" by George Daughan, Author and Historian
6:00 pm
 

The U.S. Navy's superb performance during the War of 1812 forced Great Britain, and indeed all of Europe, to take the fledgling United States more seriously, initiated a fundamental change in the British-American relationship, and enabled America to maintain a robust navy even in peacetime. Book signing to follow.
Wine and cheese reception begins at 5:30 pm.

 


September 21

Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Listen, learn, and lift your voices! Participate in your Maritime Heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum. These monthly gatherings, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, are family friendly and open to anyone who would like to participate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


September 27 and September 28

1812 Tea Party with Your American Girl™ Doll
2:00 PM
 

USS Constitution Museum Photo

Dress up, bring your dolls and enjoy an afternoon tea party hosted by the USS Constitution Museum. Steep yourself in American history and learn how American Girl™ Caroline Abbott exemplified heroism in the War of 1812. Stephen Krensky, author of the book Sisters of Scituate Light, will tell us the true tale of Rebecca and Abigail who saved the day for their town in 1814. A book signing will follow the tea.

Menu will include lemonade, tea, and light desserts. Enter our free drawing to win your very own Caroline Abbot American Girl™ Doll and book! A special thanks to the Charlestown Whole Foods Market for providing the sweet treats.

Tickets are $18 per person, $15 per ticket for members of the USS Constitution Museum. Space is limited – Reservations required.  Ticket can be purchased online.


October 2

Down the Hatch: An Evening of History and Beer

Down the Hatch: An Evening of Beer and History with Heavy Seas Beers and the USS Constitution Museum
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


What do loose cannons, powder monkeys, cutlasses, and peg legs have to do with the history of beer and USS Constitution? Come to the USS Constitution Museum’s second annual “History through Drinks” event and find out for yourself. Representatives from Heavy Seas Beers, a salty brewery in Baltimore, Maryland, will offer samples of four of their finest brews. Museum historians and educators will regale you with amusing anecdotes and offer a bevy of hands-on fun that will bring together beer, Constitution, and the lives of nineteenth-century sailors.

Light snacks provided.

All guests must be 21+ years old in order to attend.


Tickets are required and can be purchased online.  Tickets cost $15 for non-members or $12.50 for members of the USS Constitution Museum. To receive the member discount, please enter the promotional code "Hatch" during check out to obtain the member discount. Not a member?  Join today!

Generously sponsored by Heavy Seas Beers
 


October 19

Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Listen, learn, and lift your voices! Participate in your Maritime Heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum. These monthly gatherings, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, are family friendly and open to anyone who would like to participate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


October 23

Chairman's Dinner & Awards Ceremony
6:00 PM  - 9:00 PM
at the Westin Copley Place Hotel


Join us for a festive evening as the Museum honors several outstanding individuals including Thomas A. Kershaw, Chairman and CEO of Hampshire House Corporation, Dr. George C. Daughan, Historian and Author, Matthew P. Brenckle, Lauren M. McCormack, and Sarah H. Watkins, authors of Men of Iron: USS Constitution's War of 1812 Crew.  The evening will also include a silent auction and the opportunity to support future programming and activities at the Museum.  Funding from this event helps to keep our doors open to all, sharing the stories of USS Constitution and her crew to over 400,000 visitors each year.

Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased online through Friday, October 17, 2014.  After this date, please contact the Museum at (617) 426-1812 ext. 167 or rsvp@ussconstitutionmuseum.org.

If you have any questions about the Chairman's Dinner, please contact Jodie McMenamin at (617) 426-1812 ext. 124 or rsvp@ussconstitutionmuseum.org.

The USS Constitution Museum would like to thank Hampshire House Corporation, the Presenting Sponsor for the Chairman's Dinner & Awards Ceremony.

    


November 16

Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Listen, learn, and lift your voices! Participate in your Maritime Heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum. These monthly gatherings, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, are family friendly and open to anyone who would like to participate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


November 19

Lowell Program Series
"American Eagle: A New Look at the Life and Art of John Haley Bellamy" by James A. Craig, Author and Historian
6:00 pm


Widely considered to be America’s greatest woodcarver, John Haley Bellamy’s iconic sculptures––particularly his famed eagles––vie with such hallowed icons as the Statue of Liberty, the Great Seal of the United States, and Old Glory itself in representing the United States.  Immensely popular with collectors of folk art, today Bellamy’s iconic carvings can bring as much as $666,000+ at auction.  Yet while his work is well known across America his life’s story has lain obscured behind a host of ribald legends and erroneous myths… until now. Recounting more than six years of investigative findings, award-winning author & art historian James A. Craig answers these and other questions concerning the art and life of America’s greatest woodcarver.  Book signing to follow. Wine and cheese reception begins at 5:30 pm.

 


December 21

Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Listen, learn, and lift your voices! Participate in your Maritime Heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum. These monthly gatherings, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, are family friendly and open to anyone who would like to participate.