The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS CONSTITUTION, by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of "Old Ironsides" and the people associated with her. We seek to create a positive, memorable experience for both children and adults by inspiring within them a love for the freedom that CONSTITUTION symbolizes. We will share CONSTITUTION's contributions with a global audience, and we will strive to be the best museum possible based on scholarship and innovative ways of sharing CONSTITUTION's stories.
May 18, 2016 marked the one year anniversary of USS Constitution entering Dry Dock 1 of the Charlestown Navy Yard for restoration. “Old Ironsides” was the first ship to enter this historic dry dock onRead more
Happy New Year! Constitution‘s 217th year marked her 8th visit to Dry Dock 1 in the Charlestown Navy Yard. “Old Ironsides” entered the dock on May 18th to start her two-year restoration. Ongoing work on Constitution in 2015 included: cleaning the ship’s hull prior toRead more
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On June 9, 2015, CDR Sean D. Kearns, the 73rd Commanding Officer of USS Constitution, and USS Constitution Museum President Anne Grimes Rand, ceremoniously removed the first sheet of copper from the ship’s hull. ThisRead more
Almost exactly 182 years ago, in 1833, USS Constitution entered Dry Dock 1 for the first time under the command of Commodore Isaac Hull, hero of the War of 1812. Although she was the first shipRead more