The Friends of the Norwell Public Library are pleased to announce the availability of free passes to the USS Constitution Museum. The USS Constitution is our country’s oldest commissioned ship, and it is still part of the US Navy. The pier which holds the USS Constitution and the USS Constitution Museum is a national park. The museum itself is a not-for-profit, non-government organization which serves as the memory and educational voice of the ship.
The Library has been given two passes that each admits a group of up to 9 people for free to the USS Constitution Museum. Admission to the ship USS Constitution is always free. The ship and the museum are appropriate for all ages. Summer Hours are April 1 to Oct. 31 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The USS Constitution Museum collects, preserves, and interprets the stories of “Old Ironsides” and the people associated with her. The Museum offers a variety of engaging activities, exhibits, and programs, including an interactive family exhibit, All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812, where visitors can furl a sail, sleep in a hammock, and scrub the deck as they join Constitution’s crew as it was in 1812!
The USS Constitution Museum’s Pass Program is offered to public libraries in Massachusetts and the Northeast. The pass is picked up and returned to the Library. Parking is available at the Nautica Parking Garage located at 88 Constitution Road, in Charlestown, MA, which offers a reduced parking rate for visitors to the national park. You will also be within walking distance of the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. (You can see the monument behind the ship in the photo above.)
For more information about the Museum’s galleries, programs, and resources, visit www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org. To reserve a pass to the museum, visit the Norwell Public Library website at http://www.norwellpubliclibrary.org/ and click on Museum Passes along the top banner.
When you visit the USS Constitution Museum, you will be at the Charlestown Naval Shipyard which built and maintained US Navy vessels from 1800 until 1974. When the Charlestown Navy Yard closed, after nearly 175 years of service, 30 acres became part of the Boston National Historical Park. The National Park Service, in connection with the United States Navy, now maintains an important part of the old ship yard, the USS Constitution, and the USS Cassin Young, a Fletcher-class destroyer most active in WWII and Korea. Together these two vessels represent a 200-year-old tradition of building ships for the Navy. The USS Cassin Young is an example of the type of ship built, repaired, and modernized in the Charlestown Navy Yard.