Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in Boston, MA

Historic Tours of America306 Congress StreetBoston, MA 02210
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Overview

Located on the same body of water where the Boston Tea Party took place centuries ago, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is an experience everyone will enjoy! Relive the event that started a revolution with live actors, interactive exhibits, centuries-old artifacts, and reenactments of the political protest that changed the course of U.S. history.

up to 1 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Boston Travel Experts
  • Relive the Boston Tea Party with live actors, interactive exhibits, and full-scale replica 18th-century sailing ships.
  • Tour lasts approximately one hour.
  • Fully guided tour by costumed interpreters.
  • Early check-in is recommended to reserve a tour time, available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Family-friendly and suitable for all ages.
  • Parking is available at Farnsworth Street Garage and Stillings Street Garage. Parking fee discounts are available for museum visitors.

Description

from Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
The Boston Tea Party was “the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution.” The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is dedicated to telling the story of that fateful night of December 16, 1773.

Explore Griffin’s Wharf and board BOTH of the ships, the Eleanor and the Beaver. Throw the fated tea into Boston Harbor alongside the costumed historical interpreters and hear the dramatic events surrounding the “single most important event leading up to the American Revolution”. View the Robinson Tea Chest, the only known surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party, and experience an amazing story. Huzzah for Griffin’s Wharf has been designed with social distancing in mind, and the majority of your visit will be spent outdoors.

As an added value, each guest can now enjoy a free cup of the exclusive "Abigail's Blend" tea offered at the counter in the Tea Room. Just show your Boston Tea Party ticket at the Tea Room Register.

In addition to the museum, visit the breathtaking Abigail’s Tea Room, where you can enjoy freshly baked goods and a spot of tea, and learn more about the types of tea thrown overboard in 1773. Learn about the proper brewing process. (Additional cost to enjoy Abigail's Tea Room Experience). And don’t miss the enchanting gift shop, chock full of gems to take back home!

Please note that due to safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will be operating at a significantly reduced capacity to allow for safe distancing, and some museum exhibits are currently not available for viewing.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

What are the hours of operation?

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is open Thursday through Monday. Operating hours vary by season.

In season (April – October). First tour: 10:00 AM. Last tour: 5:00 PM. Thursday through Monday.

Off season (November – March). First tour: 10:00 AM. Last tour: 4:00 PM. Thursday through Monday.

Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Is parking provided? 
No, however, parking is available at Farnsworth Street Garage and Stillings Street Garage. Parking fee discounts are available for visitors of the museum:
Farnsworth Street Garage: 17 Farnsworth, St Boston, MA 02210.
Stillings Street Garage: 11 Stillings Street, Boston, MA 02210.

Where is the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum located?
It is located at Congress Street Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts, on the same beautiful harbor where the Boston Tea Party occurred over two centuries ago. The address is 306 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210.

How long does a tour of the museum take?
In Season: 1 hour and 15 minutes Off Season: 1 hour.

Can guests tour the museum on their own? 
No, tours are lead in groups by a guide, and guests must stay with their group.

If I pay admission and take the tour, can I take it again on the same day without paying another admission fee?
No, each ticket is only good for one tour.

Is the tour available in other languages?
Yes. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum has a translation guide available to download as a PDF as a hard copy or on your mobile phone in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

Are pictures/video permitted on the tour? 
Pictures/video are only permitted in meeting rooms, on the ships and on the back deck.

Is the museum handicapped accessible?
Both the Retail shop and Abigail’s Tea Room are fully accessible.

Mobility Issues: Tours on the museum's East Side (typically the tours that start on the top and bottom of each hour), are a bit easier for people with limited mobility due to the gangway on that ship being a slight grade ramp. Since these are 18th Century replica ships, going below deck is difficult for people with limited mobility but they have a video on the top deck which people can watch that shows what is below. The rest of the tour experience on both the East and West sides are exactly the same. Depending on the tides, if one gangway looks a bit too steep for people with limited mobility, you can request to use the elevator to get down. Same goes at the end of the tour, you can request, from your tour host, use of the elevator from the theater to the main floor. The tour is extensive, one hour and much of it is walking to get from each aspect to the other, so they also have wheelchairs on site that you can request to assist you during your tour.

Hearing impaired: The tour experience is a unique combination of live actors, interactive participation and technology. Some components of the experience require listening to a voice over a video and films. They have some scripted materials to guide you through the program. In addition, museum staff are happy to provide ASL interpreters. However, they require a two-week advance notice to secure those from an outside agency.

What is the stroller & carriage policy?
Carriages aren’t allowed inside the museum due to the physical structure and nature of the site; gangways, stairways, narrow and confined spaces and graduated seating can all be found on the tour. Instead, we ask that you park your stroller or carriage in our dedicated carriage parking area. Neither The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum nor its employees assume responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, personal property.

What is the baggage policy?
For security reasons, we cannot hold or check any bags or baggage. For similar reasons, no unattended bags are allowed on site at any time. Purses and bags of standard carry-on size and below are permitted on tours provided that they are carried and attended by their owners at all times.