he USS Constitution Museum is the winner in the “Historic Sites & Tours” category for Boston Parents’ Family Favorites. It is the fourth year in a row that the Museum has received this award from the readers of Boston Parents Paper.
The USS Constitution Museum is honored to receive this recognition in a field with so many other dynamic sites and tours including Fenway Park, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Plimoth Patuxet Museums, and Old Sturbridge Village.
All winners will be featured in Boston Parents Paper’s August 2021 issue.
Boston Parents’ Family Favorites gives readers in Greater Boston and throughout the Northeast a chance to voice their opinions on their personal family favorites in 100 categories. Voting is conducted in a two-round process: the first round gathers open write-in nominations and the second round asks voters to select their favorite from the top nominees in each category.
“We are thrilled to receive this award for the fourth year in a row,” said Anne Grimes Rand, USS Constitution Museum President & CEO. “The USS Constitution Museum educates and entertains families from Boston and beyond, sharing the stories of ‘Old Ironsides’ through hands-on exhibits and engaging experiences.”
The USS Constitution Museum was also recently ranked #5 in USA Today’s 2021 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards in the category of “Best History Museum.” In a highly competitive category of top museums from around the United States, online votes determined the winners from a group of 20 initial nominees. The Museum was the sole nominee and winner in this category from New England.
The USS Constitution Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Museum also continues to offer virtual content and engaging digital experiences to visitors at home. It recently launched the online exhibit Join the Crew, based on the award-winning in-person exhibit All Hands on Deck. Join the Crew is an immersive, research-based online experience that integrates humanities themes with dynamic interactive elements for a virtual audience. The exhibit uses artifact imagery, video shorts, games, quizzes, and at-home activities to explore the lives of real USS Constitution crew members and their families during the War of 1812. This online exhibit has been made possible by a National Endowment for the Humanities: CARES Act Grant.
The Museum also offers digital visitors A Sailor’s Life for Me, an award-winning dynamic game and educator resource that gives people of all ages a chance to step into the shoes of an 1812 sailor. Additional content, such as videos, blog posts, collection highlights, are available through the Virtual Museum’s social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and the website usscm.org.