Located directly across the street from the impressive 112-foot granite Bunker Hill Monument is the Bunker Hill Museum. Formerly the Charlestown Public Library, the Museum includes over 4,000 square feet of exhibit space where visitors learn about the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill – one of the first major battles between the British and Revolutionary War Patriot forces where both sides saw wounded and casualties, but where the highly trained and better equipped British, 3,000 in total, won out. Visitors at the museum will also learn about the adjacent Monument dedicated to the battle, and information on the history of Charlestown.
What’s in the Museum? The first floor of the Museum includes displays and artifacts on the construction and history of the Monument, as well as exhibits on the history and cultural heritage of Charlestown. This floor also includes a gift shop where you are bound to find a souvenir or two. On the Museum’s second floor, you will find informative and captivating displays that include an audio- and light-enhanced scale model of the battle. And above the displays you can’t help but marvel at the impressive cyclorama (reproduction of a 19th century painting-in-the round) where the battle can be observed from just about every angle. Many artifacts from the battle include a British drum, cannon balls, swords, and much more.
The Bunker Hill Museum is included on the Freedom Trail. It is open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and admission is free.
Battle of Bunker Hill Museum
43 Monument Square