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Hours:Open 10am - 4pm Friday - Sunday
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:$ see below
Other Ideas: Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH); Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA); Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art; Old Sturbridge Village

boston tea party ship  museum for kids and adults photoThe Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum is a re-creation of the famous protest in a full scale replica of the ship, also museum exhibits.

Come relive that historic night in the Boston Harbor on December 16th, 1773, when American Colonists took matters into their own hands to oppose British rule. Sense the emotion and determination of our forefathers who fought for our freedom and independence.

An entirely new kind of museum, where you’ll not only view artifacts of historical importance, you’ll also have a highly interactive, multi-sensory experience. Visitors are also allowed to toss 'boxes of tea' off the ship and into the harbor.

Embark on incredible journey back in time as you take part in the famous event that forever changed the course of American History!

Located on the Congress Street Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts, this floating Boston Museum is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Live actors, high-tech, interactive exhibits, authentically restored tea ships and the stirring, multi-sensory documentary “Let it Begin Here,” are just a taste of what you’ll see, hear and feel.

Meet the colonists, explore the ships and dump tea overboard just as the Sons of Liberty did on that fateful night of December 16, 1773.

Stop in at Abigail’s Tea Room for teatime and visit the Gift Shop for special souvenirs. It’s educational, entertaining and enlightening — an experience not to be missed by adults and children of all ages.

About Your Tour
Your tour of the Museum will last approximately one hour and will take you through a variety of virtual exhibits, authentically restored tea ships as well as traditional Boston Museum Exhibits that are all interconnected.

The tour is designed to give you the opportunity to participate, explore and learn about the people, events and consequences that led up to the American Revolution in the order in which they actually occurred more than 230 years ago .

How it Started
It was a series of events, not just the arrival of the tea ships, that caused the uproarious action on that night over two centuries ago. The colonists, who considered themselves to be British subjects, were incensed by the imposition of monopolies and taxes of the people of the American colonies.

The Catalyst to the American Revolution
Faced with the realization that they had no say in these matters and that no amount of negotiating would change their situation, the patriots felt they had to do something.

The events that took place before and during The Boston Tea Party are recognized as the catalyst to the American Revolution, and the turning point in the history of the country that led to their position as an independent nation.

Recount these events as they really happened! Now, people of all ages can get a first-hand look at this turbulent period and how it impacted the world we live in today at this new Boston museum.

Special Event:
Reenactments of the Historic Boston Tea Party are held annually in December at the The Old South Meetinghouse at 310 Washington Street, Boston.

Other attraction 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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Adults - $25 (purchase online)
Kids - $15 (purchase online)
Coupons available online



Congress Street Bridge, Boston, MA map
Phone: (617) 338-1773

The Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum is located at Congress Street Bridge on Harbor Walk.


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