On the evening of December 16, 1773, well over a hundred people calling themselves the Sons of Liberty and disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded three ships (the Beaver, Dartmouth, and Eleanor) tied up to Griffin’s Wharf. The ships were from London carrying cargoes of British East India Company tea. The Sons of Liberty were protesting the tea act and in general Britain’s habit of imposing taxes on the Colonists without their input (“taxation without representation”).
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum recreates that night with authentically restored ships, live actors, and interactive exhibits. You will see the beautifully restored Beaver, Dartmouth, and Eleanor. On display is one of of the tea chests from the Boston Tea Party. There is an award winning film, “Let it Begin Here“. As part of your trip you even get to dump a tea chest into the harbor. At the end of your visit you can have a “spot of tea” in Abigail’s Tea Room.
The museum reopened to the public in June of 2012 after an 11 year hiatus while the ships were being restored and Museum rebuilt.
The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is a wonderful historical adventure for the entire family. Since it reopening the museum has been the recipient of rave reviews for its authenticity and realism.
A tour of the museum takes approximately an hour. Tours begin every 30 minutes throughout the day.
The museum is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the Congress Street booth.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
306 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
Discount parking is available at the Farnsworth Street Garage at 17 Farnsworth Street.
Picture credits: The pictures in this post are from the Press Room section of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum website. They are copyright the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.