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Charlestown Navy Yard

USS CONSTITUTION, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, promotes the United States Navy and America’s naval heritage through educational outreach, public access and historic demonstrations both in port and underway. Located in Charlestown Navy Yard and part of Boston's Freedom Trail, the ship is open for FREE PUBLIC GUIDED TOURS throughout the year. ALL PERSONS AGE 18 AND OLDER MUST PRESENT A VALID FEDERAL OR STATE-ISSUED PHOTO I.D. OR PASSPORT TO BOARD THE SHIP.

Visitors to Old Ironsides will have the opportunity to tour the ship's top three decks (spar, gun, and berth). Each deck will be manned by one of Constitution's active duty U.S. Navy Sailors, who will be on-hand to answer visitors' questions in addition to giving brief guided tours to illustrate Constitution's storied past.

* Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow time for a mandatory airport-style security screening, which is required for all visitors (civilian & military, even in uniform).

** Tour times and formats are subject to change due to factors including weather conditions, tidal conditions and tour group sizes.

 

Public Tour Hours

Ship in summerShip in winter

SHIP TOURS ARE FREE OF CHARGE - ALL PERSONS AGE 18 AND OLDER MUST PRESENT A VALID FEDERAL OR STATE-ISSUED PHOTO I.D. OR PASSPORT TO BOARD THE SHIP.

October 20, 2014 - March 2015:
OPEN Thursday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
CLOSED Monday - Wednesday

SHIP TOURS ARE FREE OF CHARGE - ALL PERSONS AGE 18 AND OLDER MUST PRESENT A VALID FEDERAL OR STATE-ISSUED PHOTO I.D. OR PASSPORT TO BOARD THE SHIP.

 

2015 - 2018 Dry Dock Restoration Information

USS CONSTITUTION is scheduled to re-locate from Pier 1 to Dry Dock 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard in March 2015 for a three-year planned restoration period. This fall/winter will be your last chance to fully tour Old Ironsides at her pier until 2018!

Below is a summary of the restoration work planned for USS Constitution from 2015-2018:

Fall/Winter 2014 - CONSTITUTION PREPARES FOR DRY DOCK
Spring 2015 - CONSTITUTION ENTERS DRY DOCK

* Remove CONSTITUTION's upper mast sections, yards and bowsprit
* Remove all guns, ballast & rudder
* CONSTITUTION enters dry dock 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard
* Install staging, then remove copper from hull below the waterline

2015 - 2017 - ONGOING INSPECTION AND REPAIRS
* Inspect hull and replace hull planks as needed
* Inspect rigging and replace as needed
* Inspect and preserve fighting tops for all three masts

2016-2017 - ONGOING PRESERVATION PROJECTS
* Preserve all masts and yards
* Preserve ship's wheel & headboards
* Preserve gun carriages
* Preserve ship's boats

2016 - FOCUS ON BOW (front of Ship)
* Replace planking in bow
* Inspect and repair trail-boards at bow

2017 - FOCUS ON STERN (back of Ship)
* Remove, inspect, replace and repair ship's stern ornamentation
* Repairs to Captain's Cabin

2017 - CONSTITUTION RETURNS TO THE WATER
* Replace planking on gun deck and berth deck (lower decks)
* Install rudder
* Re-copper ship's hull beneath the waterline
* Reef out and re-caulk spar deck (top deck)
* Refloat ship
* Re-rig ship once afloat and return guns and furniture

Spring/Summer 2018 - CONSTITUTION RETURNS TO PIER 1, CHARLESTOWN NAVY YARD

*Note: All dates subject to change as the actual conditions of USS Constitution are inspected and discovered.

Please stand-by for further information on USS CONSTITUTION's dry dock availability, which will be posted to this website as it becomes available - thank you!


USS CONSTITUTION is OPEN for the following Federal holidays:

Memorial Day | Patriots' Day | Independence Day | Labor Day | Columbus Day | Veterans Day

 

USS CONSTITUTION is CLOSED for the following holidays:

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday | Presidents Day | Thanksgiving Day | Christmas Day | New Year's Day

 

Click the links below for more Charlestown Navy Yard attractions!

USS Constitution Museum
National Park Service Boston
USS Cassin Young