This hands-on, minds-on exhibit allows visitors to explore President George Washington’s decision to create a navy to protect our growing American merchant fleet. A complement to USS Constitution’s current restoration in dry dock, the exhibit follows the story from the forest in which “Old Ironsides’” timbers grew to her launch as a fully formed frigate.
Through engaging displays and rare artifacts visitors will meet those who dreamed, designed, and built USS Constitution as they explore why she was built and how her superior design and sturdy construction made her the most fabled ship in American history.
In All Hands On Deck you can explore the harsh realities of life at sea and join USS Constitution just as the War of 1812 is declared. Discover the unique world afloat and the men and women that made history alongside USS Constitution. Hands on activities, fascinating personal stories and the birth of a national icon make All Hands On Deck entertaining for visitors from 2 to 92.
Ironsides in War and Peace chronicles the Ship’s first 200 years; how and why she was built, how she earned her fame in the War of 1812, and why the US Navy still preserves the 216-year old wooden frigate as a commissioned warship.
What was the War of 1812 all about? What were the causes and consequences of this forgotten war? The Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center addresses these questions through games and other interactive exhibits.