The USS Constitution Museum was incorporated in 1972 as a non-profit educational organization to meet the “need for the fuller display and interpretation of the ship and her meaning to the United States.” The Museum temporarily opened in a building directly adjacent to the ship (Building 10, which houses the Shipyard Galley today). With the leadership and financial support of many prominent and public-spirited citizens, the Museum was able to open its doors to the public in April 1976.
RADM Joseph C. Wylie, USN (Ret.), President
James H. Ballou, Vice President
Peter B. Seamans, Treasurer
Ralph H. Doering, Jr. Assistant Treasurer
Leon F. Kaufman, Secretary
Jason A. Aisner, Esq.
Robert P. Greaves
Andrew A. Hunter
CAPT J. Richard Lamere, USNR
Mrs. Richard T. Lyman
W. James McDonald, Esq.
Founding Honorary Trustees
Charles Francis Adams
The Honorable John W. McCormack
RADM Samuel Eliot Morison, USNR (Ret.)
The Honorable Leverett Saltonstall