Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in Boston, MA

Historic Tours of America306 Congress StreetBoston, MA 02210
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Overview

Voted best family museum in Boston by TripAdvisor users, The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is an experience that everyone will enjoy! Onboard, there are interactive exhibits, astonishing centuries-old artifacts, and reenactments of the political protest that changed the course of U.S. history forever! After exploring the ships and museum, stop in at Abigail's Tea Room for a delicious meal!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Boston Travel Experts
  • Family-friendly.
  • Fully accessible.
  • Located on Congress Street Bridge.
  • The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is open 7 days a week.
  • Tours are led in groups by a guide, and guests must stay with their group.
  • Tours are available in other languages via a translation guide available to download as a PDF as a hard copy.
  • Parking is available at Farnsworth Street Garage and Stillings Street Garage. Parking fee discounts are available for visitors of the museum.

Description

from Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
What happened in December of 1773 in the Boston Harbor is known as one of the most important events in the history of the USA. It was on this night that a group of colonists became enraged, inspired and ultimately reacted to unfair taxation laws by throwing more than 300 crates of tea into the harbor.

The Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773—and now you can travel back in time to be a part of all the action.

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum sits on a floating barge on the Congress Street Bridge. It includes authentically restored replicas of the original tea ships and an array of fascinating exhibits that are fully interactive. While you’re visiting, you’ll have the opportunity to witness dramatic reenactments by professional historians and even throw tea overboard as they did on that unforgettable night. Tour the museum to gain an understanding of what happened, how and why—and get a feel for how the patriots felt when they began their opposition to win America’s freedom.

See an original tea chest that has been passed down for generations dating back 230 years, experience the multi-sensory film “Let it Begin Here”, a one-of-a-kind epic film that brings you into all the action and even stop in for a cup of tea in Abigail’s Tea Room. Bring the children for an educational and entertaining look at American History like never before.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
In Season (April – October): First tour: 10:00 AM, last tour: 5:00 PM.
Off Season (November – March): First tour: 10am, last tour: 4pm
Museum tours begin every 30 minutes.
Abigail’s Tea Room
Open Daily
(Additional Cost)
In Season (April – October): 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Off Season (November – March): 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Frequently Asked Questions about Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

What are the hours of operation?
In Season (April – October): First tour: 10:00 AM, last tour: 5:00 PM.
Off Season (November – March): First tour: 10:00 AM, last tour: 4:00 PM.

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 Garage Boston, MA 02210.

Where is it located? 
306 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210.

Is the museum open everyday? 
Yes, the museum is open 7 days a week.

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! We have 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 our Retail shop and Abigail’s Tea Room are fully accessible.

Mobility Issues: Our tours on our 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 we have 18th Century replica ships, going below deck is difficult for people with limited mobility but we 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 we also have wheelchairs on site that you can request to assist you during your tour.

Hearing impaired: Our tour experience is unique combination of live actors, interactive participation and technology. Some components of the experience require listening to a voice over a video and films. We have some scripted materials to guide you through our program. In addition, we are happy to provide ASL interpreters, however we require a two week advance notice to secure those from an outside agency. Please email or call us ahead of time.

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.