USS Constitution ('Old Ironsides')
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USS CONSTITUTION has relocated from her berth at Pier 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard to Dry Dock 1, also located in Charlestown Navy Yard (next to the USS CONSTITUTION Museum), for a 2+ year planned restoration period. 'Old Ironsides' enters dry dock roughly every 15-20 years, providing visitors a most rare experience of viewing CONSTITUTION's exposed hull out of the water!
**While the ship is in dry dock for restoration, visitors will get the opportunity to board 'Old Ironsides' and explore her top (spar) deck and take photos by the ship's wheel and bell. The ship's lower decks will be off limits to visitors due to the extensive restoration work being conducted down below**.
As always, visitors will have the opportunity to interact with CONSTITUTION's crew of active duty U.S. Navy Sailors who will be available on board the ship, as well as dockside and inside the nearby USS CONSTITUTION Museum. These Sailors will explain and answer questions about the ship's history, talk about the ongoing restoration work, and share how CONSTITUTION has been restored in the past!
About Old Ironsides
Old Ironsides is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. A tour of this 200-year-old ship may give your little landlubber a chance to get his sea legs for the first time.
Experience 19th-century sleeping quarters at sea when your guided tour takes you to the previously-unavailable Berth Deck. From 4:00pm - 6:00pm, visitors are invited to conduct self-guided tours of USS Constitution's top deck.
The USS Constitution staff recommends the 'Speed Line' for their littlest visitors (no strollers on deck, as they tend to roll with the waves). The full 40-minute tour includes climbing up and down stairs and ladders and is not recommended for little children.
Nonetheless, you'll get a view of the harbor atop this beautiful sailing vessel and the chance to meet a real U.S. Navy Sailor.
Other attractions that are between 7-15 minutes away include Quincy Market, Old North Church, Boston Children's Museum, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, The USS Constitution, Boston Public Garden,The Boston State House, The Museum of Fine Arts, and Fenway Park.
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April 1 to October 31*
Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm Guided tours start at 10 am and continue every eight minutes.
November 1 to March 31
Thursday - Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm. Guided tours start at 10:30 am and continue every half hour. The last guided tour of the day starts at 3:30 pm.
Ship admission free; call to confirm
Museum admission is by donation. The Museum is handicapped accessible.
Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA map
There is no parking on Pier One. Additional parking is available at the following locations:
Phone: (617) 723-1488
Location: Constitution Rd., opposite the Navy Yard visitor's center. Validated parking is available at the Bunker Hill visitor center.
Phone: (617) 241-7640
Location: In front of Ship Yard park in the Navy Yard.
Phone: (617) 242-8716
Location: Constitution Rd., next to the Navy Yard visitor's center
Phone: (617) 242-9377
Location: 13th Street, opposite the Massachusetts General Hospital Research Facility in the Navy Yard.
All locations are within five to ten minutes walking distance of Pier One.
- It is a good idea to arrive at least a half-hour early to allow time to get through security, which is required for all visitors.
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