The Museum has several entertaining spots for families to gather and discuss the history and meaning of USS Constitution. Please note: Non-flash photography is encouraged within the Museum.
Ready? Aim. Fire!
Can you fire a cannon? The USS Constitution carried between fifty-two and fifty-five cannons during the War of 1812. Follow the five simple steps and attempt to hit the enemy ship!
Try your hand at constructing a miniature Constitution by fitting the ribs, adding the planking, laying the deck, and positioning the masts. If you have two or more people, see who can build their ship the quickest.
Hauling Billie Goat
Constitution often sailed with livestock on board – gather your strength and try hauling Billie goat onto the ship!
Can We Make a Sailor Out of You?
Enter the House of Rendezvous where sailors were recruited. Take the recruiting quiz to see how you would have fared as a sailor on board Constitution!
Every morning, sailors on Constitution took off their shoes, rolled up their pants, and got down on their hands and knees to holystone (scrub) the deck. You can leave your shoes on and keep your pants unrolled, but make sure you get down on those hands and knees – and put some elbow grease into it!
Dress Like a Sailor
Have you ever wondered what sailors wore while they were out at sea? Head into the All Hands On Deck exhibit and try on sailors’ clothes for yourself!
Furl a Sail
Step onto the line and help adjust (or “furl”) the sails on Constitution. Work as a team as you try to stay on the line (without falling overboard), and tie the perfect square knot!
Swing in a Hammock
Take a brief rest in one of the hammocks on the berth deck. Could you imagine sleeping for only four hours every night in a cold, dark, and crowded room?
Stir Up a Meal
Head into the berth deck and help the Ship’s cook, William Long, put together the day’s meals in the camboose (stove). Would you be willing to eat a biscuit that is as hard as a brick?
Photos by Greg Cooper
USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM | Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown, MA 02129 | 6174261812