August 05, 2020
Charlestown Navy Yard Attractions Reopen on August 7
CHARLESTOWN, MA (August 5, 2020)—Boston National Historical Park attractions, USS Constitution, and the USS Constitution Museum will all reopen to the public on Friday, August 7.
National Parks of Boston Superintendent Michael Creasey, USS Constitution’s Commanding Officer John Benda, and USS Constitution Museum President & CEO Anne Grimes Rand selected a joint opening date to offer visitor access to all attractions and activities in the Charlestown Navy Yard. The date ensures all three organizations the time required to carefully plan and execute modified visitor experiences based on city and state requirements.
The joint opening offers guests to the Charlestown Navy Yard both indoor and outdoor attractions this summer and fall. Visitors can explore the two ships, America’s Ship of State USS Constitution and World War II destroyer USS Cassin Young, and experience the award-winning exhibits of the USS Constitution Museum.
Face coverings for staff and visitors are required onboard the USS Constitution, in the USS Constitution Museum, and highly recommended onboard USS Cassin Young and in the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center. The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing spaces open to the public has increased in all these locations.
These attractions will operate at reduced capacity. The USS Constitution Museum will require timed tickets. Tickets can be booked online at usscm.org/tickets.
Following the opening of all three, the attractions will be open on the following days and times:
- USS Constitution, Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- USS Constitution Museum, Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- USS Cassin Young, Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center, Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
These sites temporarily closed in March in response to the coronavirus public health emergency and to minimize spread of COVID-19.
About USS Constitution
USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855. The active-duty sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people a year as they support the Ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history, maritime heritage, and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence. USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 opponents. The Ship earned the nickname of “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812 when British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull.
About the USS Constitution Museum
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 those associated with her. This award-winning, educational non-profit provides an environment where inter-generational groups seeking an enjoyable and educational experience can have fun while learning and exploring history together. The Museum’s mission is to engage all ages in the story of Constitution to spark excitement about maritime heritage, naval service, and the American experience. For more information, visit usscm.org.
About the National Parks of Boston
The National Parks of Boston is a collection of three National Park Service sites – Boston National Historical Park, Boston African American National Historic Site, and Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. Established by individual legislation and for designated purposes, the three units have come together under a unified organizational umbrella to collaborate in ways that celebrate our cultural heritage, reconnect people to history and nature, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities on land and on the water. For more information, visit: www.nps.gov/bost, www.nps.gov/boaf and www.bostonharborislands.org.