Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- The Beaver and Dartmouth: Walk the same decks as the Sons of Liberty on the actual ships they raided. Grab a crate, heave it over the side, and keep an eye out for redcoats.
- Minutemen Theatre: All but smell the musket fire, watching Let It Begin Here on a giant wrap-around movie screen.
- Robinson Tea Chest: Found in the sand by a young colonist the next day, this is one of only two surviving tea chests of the 340 dumped in the harbor on December 16, 1773.
About this Boston, Massachusetts tour
"If war is what they want, let it begin here." So said Samuel Adams at the Old Meeting House, pounding his fist on the pulpit in anger over Britain's tea tax and inspiring a crowd of colonists to raid the cargo ships in the harbor. This tour lets you join the party.
The Beaver and Dartmouth look exactly as they did on that cold December day in 1773 – and you, reenacting the "Destruction of the Tea," will don a disguise, march down the same wharf, and sneak aboard. Cast members in three-cornered hats and whalebone corsets chant "Lift high the crate of tea!" And the party that launched a revolution starts all over again.
Some 46 tons of tea went overboard that day, enough to fill more than 18-million teabags. Similar protests followed throughout the colonies; it was bad for Britain's tea business, but good for the colonies' newspaper business, with sensational headlines keeping passions high until The Shot Heard Round The World in 1775.
Only one person got hurt during the Boston Tea Party: A patriot named John Crane who was knocked unconscious by a falling tea chest, mistaken for dead, and hidden by fellow partiers under a pile of woodchips in a harbor carpentry shop. Americans have favored coffee ever since, and some still don't end a party until someone passes out.
The sequel always disappoints
In March 1774, just three months after the "Destruction of the Tea" (nobody called it the Boston Tea Party until 1826), patriots once again caffeinated the harbor by sending 60 disguised men onto another tea-laden ship. They forced the crew below deck and began dumping tea overboard, but could only find 30 crates – a drop in the bucket compared to the original event.
Please make your way to 306 Congress Street (Congress St Bridge), Boston, Ma 02210
Museum open daily from November to March: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please allow 60 minutes to complete the museum experience. Museum Tours begin every 30 minutes. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day so you can have your own tea party.
A moderate amount of walking is required to explore the museum fully - but the pace and distance walked can be at your discretion, Wheelchair-friendly but not 100% wheelchair accessible.
Adventure, Family Friendly, Cultural
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Children four years of age and younger participate free of charge.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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