Bunker Hill Monument (Restoration thru 2023)
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The Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill. It's been open to the public since 1842. Visitors will find a welcome center behind the base where park rangers share the story behind the monument.
NoteStarting July 31, 2023, the Monument will undergo work on its pyramidion, the equally-sided pyramid that tops the obelisk.
The National Parks of Boston plans to keep the Monument open as often as possible during this project, while also recognizing that construction and restoration work may cause the Monument to close without notice. If/when open, the view from the Monument observatory windows will also be obstructed due to scaffolding and scrim. Learn more
Take the challenge and climb the 294 steps to the top of the granite obelisk. The passage consists of one spiral staircase that goes all the way up to the top. There is only one way up, and one way down.
'Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!' This famous order, which legend attributes to Colonel William Prescott, has come to symbolize the determination of the ill-equipped colonists facing the powerful British Army during the famous battle fought on this site on June 17, 1775.
The battle is popularly known as 'The Battle of Bunker Hill' although most of the fighting actually took place on Breed's Hill, the site of the existing monument and exhibit lodge. Today, a 221-foot granite obelisk marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution.
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The monument is open to climb from 9:00am to 4:30pm daily. Visitor lodge and exhibits open daily, 9:00am - 5:00pm except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Monument Avenue, Charlestown, MA map
Phone: (617) 242-5641
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