Whether you're a Boston history buff or a tourist just passing through, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum should be on your list of attractions to see. This floating museum teaches visitors about one of the most crucial events in history that led to the American Revolution. On December 16th, 1773, a group of colonists dubbed “The Sons of Liberty” rallied together and dumped shiploads of tea into the Boston Harbor in response to Britain's tax policy. The slogan “No taxation without representation” ignited a fire within the hearts of America's colonists- they wanted a government of their own.
This unique museum provides interactive exhibits, multi-sensory films, authentically restored tea ships, and enthusiastic reenactors to bring the Boston Tea Party back to life. A one-hour tour is provided every fifteen minutes, through a series of interconnected exhibits that lead up to the American Revolution. Every visitor in the tour is assigned a “role” to play in the Tea Party; kids will love reenacting the throwing of tea chests off the ships and pulling them back out via connected ropes. Experience what it was like to live aboard an 18th century vessel by boarding one of three restored ships: the Eleanor, the Beaver, or the Dartmouth. At some point in the tour, you will get to see an actual tea chest from the Boston Tea Party. Another highlight in the tour is when the tour guide gives a passionate speech before being interrupted by two talking paintings. After the tour, visit Abigail's Tea Room to taste what all the fuss was about and then pick up a souvenir at the Gift Shop.
The museum is a guided tour only and available seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children; however, if you purchase an Old Town Trolley ticket, your admission to the museum is free. Admission is also free on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. For more information on this one-of-a-kind museum, please visit the official website of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum at www.bostonteapartyship.com.
Additional Note: As of 2013, the Dartmouth is still under construction.