Massachusetts has one of America’s top 5 history museums, according to USA Today readers


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It honors the oldest commissioned warship in the world still afloat.

Visitors can take hands-on history lessons at the USS Constitution Museum. Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

A hands-on Massachusetts museum honoring “Old Ironsides” is among the top five history museums in the United States, according to USA Today readers.

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The USS Constitution Museum, located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, was ranked 5th in publication’s Top 10 History Museums in America, as part of its Top 10 Readers’ Choice Awards in 2021. The Museum story # 1 was the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center in Columbus, Georgia.

“We are honored and delighted with this award, especially in the company of so many prestigious history museums,” Anne Grimes Rand, president and CEO of the USS Constitution Museum, said in a statement. “Our sincere thanks to all who voted for us and to our partners who supported our efforts to ‘bring out the vote’ and achieve this wonderful honor. The USS Constitution Museum looks forward to wowing our guests with great hands-on experiences as we share the stories of “Old Ironsides” and its dedicated crew, past and present.

Here’s what USA Today wrote about the museum:

The USS Constitution Museum chronicles the 200-year history of the USS Constitution, which was first launched in the late 18th century and is now recognized as the oldest commissioned warship in the world. During her years at sea, the Constitution experienced conflict with pirates and even had heralded victories during the War of 1812. You can tour the ship itself in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

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The USS Constitution Museum reopened on April 8 after closing its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. The museum, which has been open on weekends, begins daily hours on Thursday. The USS Constitution, which is owned by the United States Navy and is operated separately from the museum, reopened to the public on Friday.

For Readers’ Top 10 Prize lists, USA Today travel experts select 20 nominees in fields ranging from food to accommodations, destinations to things to do. Next, the post asks readers to vote to determine the top 10.

Check out the full list of the best history museums.


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