USS Constitution

VISITOR INFORMATION


Public Visitation & Holiday Hours | Dry Dock/Restoration Information | Directions and Parking | Safety, Security & Accessibility Info


USS Constitution in dry dock

USS CONSTITUTION, the WORLD'S OLDEST COMMISSIONED WARSHIP AFLOAT and AMERICA'S SHIP OF STATE, promotes the United States Navy and America's naval heritage through educational outreach, public access and historic demonstrations both in port and underway in Boston Harbor.

Located inside Boston National Historical Park as part of the Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown, Massachusetts and part of Boston's Freedom Trail, USS CONSTITUTION is open for public visitation, FREE OF CHARGE, throughout the year.

NOTE: 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' are able to ask questions and speak with active duty U.S. Navy Sailors assigned as members of USS CONSTITUTION's crew, who are stationed at the ship as interpretative historians to help bring CONSTITUTION's storied past to life! For the complete CONSTITUTION experience, visitors are also highly encouraged to explore the USS CONSTITUTION Museum, also located in Charlestown Navy Yard - just steps away from 'Old Ironsides' herself! Other nearby Charlestown attractions include the USS Cassin Young and the Bunker Hill Monument and Museum!


PUBLIC VISITATION HOURS

USS CONSTITUTION is OPEN for public visitation, verbal presentations will be given on the ship and will kick off every 15 minutes:

MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY - CLOSED

​WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY - OPEN from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM, located next to USS CONSTITUTION,
is OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Holiday Schedule

USS CONSTITUTION is OPEN to the public on the following holidays:
Washington's Birthday (Presidents Day) | Patriots' Day | Memorial Day | Independence Day | Labor Day | Columbus Day | Veterans Day

USS CONSTITUTION is CLOSED to the public on the following holidays:
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday | Thanksgiving Day | Christmas Day | New Year's Day

*IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION*

- Visitors wishing to board USS Constitution are welcome to come out to the Boston National Historical Park, Charlestown Navy Yard.

​-Tours of Constitution are self-paced and the top three decks are open to the public.

​- USS Constitution crew members will be on hand to answer questions about the ship's storied past and give oral presentations about the ship's storied past.

- Visitors will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can not be made in advance for public tours.

- USS CONSTITUTION tours are free of charge.

- Public visitation dates and hours are subject to change.


DIRECTIONS & PARKING INFORMATION


Walking & Public Transportation Directions | Driving Directions | Parking Information


USS Constitution Overhead Photo

USS CONSTITUTION is located inside Boston National Historical Park, part of Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
*NOTE: Due to restricted vehicle access and limited parking availability inside Boston National Historical Park, visitors are NOT allowed to park directly next to USS CONSTITUTION. Scroll down for further parking information.


WALKING & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DIRECTIONS

The GPS address for USS CONSTITUTION is:
1 Constitution Road
Charlestown, MA 02129

From the MBTA Green Line: The closest Green Line stop to us is North Station. Once out on Causeway St, walk perpendicular to and across the Zakim Bridge toward the North End. At the five way intersection, cross to the far side and proceed over the Charlestown Bridge, picking up the painted red stripe of the Freedom Trail. At the far end of the bridge continue to follow the Freedom Trail as it returns to red brick with a right turn onto Chelsea St. At the next intersection take a right onto Warren St. then take a left on Constitution Rd. Proceed up the street all the way to the end and you will see the USS CONSTITUTION up on your right. The entrance to the National Park will be ahead of you. Walk into the park and go the end of the building to your right, turn right and you will have arrived.

From the MBTA Orange Line: Take the Orange Line to Bunker Hill Community College. Come out of the stop and proceed down the rest of the bridge toward Charlestown. Go past Foodmaster Center on left and go to intersection. Turn right onto Warren St. Go all the way to Henley St, turn left onto that. Go to stop sign and proceed right/straight up to intersection of Chelsea and Warrens Streets. Go across street to Constitution Rd. Follow that around and to the end, where you will see the entrance to the Navy Yard with the Ship on your right.


DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The GPS address for USS CONSTITUTION is:
1 Constitution Road
Charlestown, MA 02129

From Points North: Follow I-93S to exit 28 (Sullivan Square). Follow signs to Charlestown/Sullivan Square. At light at end of ramp, enter traffic circle and take first right onto Rutherford Ave. Move into left lane on Rutherford Ave. At the City Square intersection, just before the bridge, turn left onto Chelsea St. Once on Chelsea, take a right at the 3rd light (5th st.). You will see the security gate for the National Park/ Navy Yard on your right. Vehicle access is only for authorized personnel, please refer to the parking information listed below.

From Points South: Follow I-93N to exit 23 (Government Center/North End). Follow the signs for Route 1/ Charlestown, proceeding along Joe Tecce Way until you get to the five way intersection of Causeway St, North Washington St, and Joe Tecce Way. Proceed over the Charlestown Bridge and merge right onto Chelsea St. Once on Chelsea, take a right at the 3rd light (5th st.). You will see the security gate for the National Park/ Navy Yard on your right. Vehicle access is only for authorized personnel, please refer to parking information listed below.

From the New England Aquarium: Follow Atlantic Ave. to North Washington St. and turn right onto the Charlestown Bridge. Go over the bridge to the next light. At that light, turn right onto Chelsea St. Once on Chelsea, take a right at the 3rd light (5th st.). You will see the security gate for the National Park/ Navy yard on your right. Vehicle access is only for authorized personnel, please refer to parking information listed below.


PARKING INFORMATION

NOTE: Due to USS CONSTITUTION's location inside Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston National Historical Park, vehicle access to Pier One is restricted. Parking is available at the following locations:

Nautica Parking Garage - Phone: (617) 723-1488
Location: Constitution Road, opposite the Navy Yard Visitor Center. (Validated parking is available at the USS CONSTITUTION Museum.)

One Constitution Center (a.k.a. Constitution Marina) - Phone: (617) 242-1965
Location: Constitution Road, next to Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf.

Flagship Wharf - Phone: (617) 241-7640
Location: In front of Ship Yard Park in the Charlestown Navy Yard.


SAFETY, SECURITY & ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION


Banned & Restricted Items | Ship Accessibility | Service Animals


USS Constitution at night

To ensure the safety of all visitors to USS CONSTITUTION, additional measures have been implemented to the ship's security procedures.

NOTE: VISITORS AGE 18 AND OLDER WISHING TO BOARD USS CONSTITUTION MUST SHOW A VALID FEDERAL OR STATE-ISSUED PHOTO I.D. OR PASSPORT AT THE SHIP'S SECURITY ENTRANCE. Examples include: driver's license, passport, etc. Additionally, all bags will be screened at the security entrance. Visitors under the age of 18 wishing to embark do not require an approved ID; however, all visitors, except infants, will receive a hand stamp from the security guards, so Sailors can verify they have been cleared to embark the ship.

Due to the status of USS CONSTITUTION as a commissioned ship in the United States Navy, it is required that all visitors pass through a security screening (similar to that of an airport) prior to boarding the ship. Visitors will be asked to remove any bulky articles of clothing such as jackets, all jewelry, watches, belts, electronic devices including personal music players, PDA's, smartphones and cell phones, camera equipment, and all bags, luggage, or backpacks so that the items may be examined.


BANNED & RESTRICTED ITEMS

Please note any contraband will be confiscated and National Park Service Rangers will be notified. Weapons are NOT ALLOWED within both Boston National Historical Park and Pier One. Blades of less than two inches may be declared to security and will be returned if deemed safe.

Once visitors have completed a security screening, they may bring personal shopping bags, backpacks, suitcases, etc. aboard the ship, however they MUST keep all personal belongings with them AT ALL TIMES while touring the ship. STROLLERS are NOTallowed aboard USS CONSTITUTION, and must be left on the pier while touring the ship.

No chewing gum or open food or beverage containers are allowed aboard USS CONSTITUTION unless they can be sealed (i.e. water bottles with caps). Smoking is NOT ALLOWED anywhere aboard USS CONSTITUTION or inside the ship's Navy Yard perimeter. Violators of these rules will be asked to depart Charlestown Navy Yard.


SHIP ACCESSIBILITY

Because USS CONSTITUTION is a National Historic Site that is maintained in its 1812-era configuration, the ship is NOT in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Access to the ship will be limited to visitors who can safely walk aboard the ship unassisted (wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, etc. will NOT be allowed on board).


SERVICE ANIMALS

Visitors with service animals are authorized access to the navy yard and the top (spar) deck of the ship. Though not required by law, proof of the service animal's status as a verified service animal makes the security screening procedure more efficient. Please be aware that due to the nature of the screening process and for the safety of all visitors, if at any time a service animal does not appear to be under a visitor's full control, that visitor will be asked to depart the navy yard. Non-service animals and pets are NOT allowed on board the ship.