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.
Unlike the well-known furry variety, USS Constitution‘s many mouses are lumps of line and canvas built up on the outside of the diagonal stays that run between the masts. The mouse prevents the stay, which is loopedRead more
Since the summer of 2015, Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston ship restorers and riggers have been working off and on with the rebuilding of USS Constitution‘s cutwater. The cutwater is a structure made up ofRead more
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
Although USS Constitution underwent several periods of repair and rebuilding in her long career, her first true restoration took place in 1906 when a very modest sum of $100,000 was allocated by the U.S. Congress in thatRead 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