Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is a history lesson you won’t forget. Relive the event that started the American Revolution with historical interpreters, interactive exhibits, and full-scale replicas of 18th-century sailing vessels. Join a town meeting, hang out with talking portraits, and take part in the tradition of tossing tea into the harbor. Then, enjoy a spot of afternoon tea in Abigail’s Tea Room or visit the gift shop for some souvenirs. Entry to the museum is on a first come, first-served basis, so join the line early. – Tripadvisor
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  • Richard S
    Angmering, United Kingdom773 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Probably one of the best museum experiences in the world
    Wow, what an experience an interactive journey, not only about the Boston Tea Party but the history leading upto the battle of Lexington. The tour guides, in character were amazing, with group participation really made it real, finishing off with Hollywood quality films explaining the march of the British and the minutemen of Lexington. It was emotional, thought provoking and a museum experience like no other. An absolute must for Boston.
    Wow, that is a great review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience. We love reading about our guests' experiences and sharing them with our CAST. We hope you'll come back and visit us again.
    Written 11 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • taraoneil
    Boise, Idaho94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entertaining History
    It was entertaining history. Kids 11,8,5,3. 3 year old struggled but the rest did well and enjoyed it. There is a lot of standing so be prepared for that. A couple things that could be improved: they started talking before everyone was in the room, it felt a little rushed. Also, you didn’t get to look around very much always being scooted to the next room. I had a seat for the last movie but most of the group didn’t, I was glad I did. It was expensive which is frustrating. We did all love it though and glad we did it.
    Greetings Tara, We're so happy to hear that you had such a great time! Thank you for sharing your experience here. Come and visit us again!
    Written 20 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 October 2023
  • Mohamed7ElNaggar
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Live the moment of December 1773
    Live the moment of December 1773. An amazing visit with an amazing show the tells the story of the first revolution steps in Boston and the whole USA. Starting from the protest against the tea taxes till Boston massacre. Staff members are very helpful and informativess
    Greetings Mohamed, Wow, we're so glad you had a great time! We hope to see you back.
    Written 25 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 2023
  • The World is My Oyster
    Orlando, Florida21,610 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Tour!
    We took a group of 135 students and chaperones there today and had a wonderful experience! The staff there is truly dedicated to each and every tour. Our sales manager, Scott Harris, truly went above and beyond to ensure that our group had dedicated tour times and accommodated our large party with great customer service. The place itself is really cool, as it makes you step back in time to Colonial Days. The reenactments are very good, and "throwing" tea in the harbor is a great tradition. The gift shop had many great items, including all sorts of teas. The upstairs restaurant/cafeteria also has a good food option and multiple tea you can sample! Great overall experience, thanks to Scott and his dedicated team!
    Greetings Steve, We're glad to hear that you enjoyed Scott Harris and had a great time! We hope you'll come back for more next time you're in one of our other destinations. You’ll also find our tours in Savannah, Nashville, Saint Augustine, Key West, Boston, San Diego, and Washington DC.
    Written 6 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Anne D
    Sugar Land, Texas31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly Fantastic
    When we approached the venue we were skeptical. However, the tour was one of our top three experiences in Boston. Our tour guide “Peter” was phenomenal. She stayed in character before, during and after the tour. You are made to feel as if you are part of that night by handing out cards with individuals names of participants of the Boston Tea Party. Highly recommended.
    These are all things we love to hear. Thank you so much for your comments! Our guides and storytellers take pride in what they do. Come visit us again in one of our other destinations!
    Written 8 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 November 2023
  • LBCdovs
    New Jersey288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Had a really nice experience. Actors do a phenomenal job and are very humorous. The company in general does an excellent job covering the historical importance of this event and we’re able to squeeze in more than I had expected. Came here with my 6 year old which I had mixed feelings about, but we made it through and he was happy to get on the boat, explore it and throw the bag in. Would definitely recommend this for pretty much anyone.
    Wow, that is a great review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience. We love reading about our guests' experiences and sharing them with our CAST. We hope you'll come back and visit us again.
    Written 15 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 November 2023
  • Debest2
    Des Plaines, Illinois75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun way to learn a bit of our history.
    I wish history was taught like this when I was in school. It is interactive and really captures what I think the feelings of the Colonists were at that time. Factual and fun. I would recommend for families and for anyone wanting to know what happened at that time, to help us become independent.
    Wow, thank you for that wonderful review! We're glad to know we made it worthwhile. Our guides work hard to make their presentations interesting, and we love sharing these comments with them. We hope to see you again!
    Written 11 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 June 2024
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Jimwillett
Plainfield, IL82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
This was an informative tour. I would say that it was a little pricey and they put a lot of people into each group that goes through. They let you recreate throwing tea into the harbor but with large groups you are lucky to have enough time to do it and get a picture. Also, they let you tour the ship that it occurred on but even that seemed rushed. The tour is not cheap and it would have been nice to spend a little more time being able to look and explore more
Written 25 July 2021
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Brandon B
Baton Rouge, LA73 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We pre-purchased tickets in a package in the morning and arrived around 2pm to be told that they weren't selling any more tickets for the day and we wouldn't be able to enter even though we had already paid for our tickets. There were several other families there at the same time having the same problem. The company we bought the tickets through is supposed to issue a refund but that doesn't help the fact that we wasted over an hour dealing with this on our one day in Boston when we could have spent the time elsewhere. In my opinion you shouldn't sell tickets through 3rd parties if you aren't able to manage the number of tickets sold and turn people away who have spent time and money to see the museum. Very disappointed in how this was handled.
Written 11 October 2020
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We are sorry the tour was sold out when you arrived. We have a satisfaction guarantee located on the customer service page of our website.
Written 13 October 2020
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alan b
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Except that I was there, and thoroughly enjoyed this look into our nation's history. The "tour guides" stayed perfectly in character (even when chastising phone usage, which is permitted everywhere except for the museum area), and the interactive portions of the tour were like the best parts of a school field trip, but experienced as an adult. One drawback is the seats for the introduction and for the short film were incredibly uncomfortable, but I'll chalk that up to trying to remain authentic to the time.

I'll also point out the irony of the post tour tea room serving the original tea blends from the Boston Tea Party, but charging tax on them (and more than the 3% that led to the Sons of Liberty throwing the crates overboard), but the pastries were good and the experience was educational and entertaining.
Written 3 November 2022
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Kathy K
Bridgeville, DE13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
My husband and I recently participated in this tour. I would recommend purchasing tickets online and showing up early in the day for best tour times. Cast members were educational and humorous. We would highly recommend this for children as well as adults.
Written 4 November 2021
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This is an attraction only if you're with 8-12 years old kids, who are history freaks at the same time.
On the other hand it's an excellent showcase for adults, how to make money from a famous history event. Few era dressed third grade actors, short movie, some "historic items" in the "museum" and a cup of tea = 30$ here we go.
A classic tourist trap to squeeze your money, so don't bother. If you're for ships go to the USS Constitution - it's free, original and authentic piece of history.
Written 31 May 2022
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Hello, We were sorry to read you did not enjoy your time at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum Revolutionary Experience. We offer a satisfaction guarantee located on the menu page of our website, trolley tours dot com, under the heading, tours the item is "our guarantee". By way of explanation, our museum is a multi-sensory experience that includes live actors, interactive exhibits and full-scale replica 18th-century sailing vessels. Our actors bring guests into the heart of history by immersing them in the town meeting that was the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution. Guests experience life at sea aboard an 18th-century sailing vessel as they join a Son of Liberty and take part in the “Destruction of the Tea”! Finishing with our Award-Winning Documentary “Let It Begin Here”. This multi-sensory film will dramatically depict the events of April 19,1775 as no other documentary can provide.
Written 3 June 2022
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World Traveler
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Take a tour into history. Wow I was impressed by the hosts as they played characters of past American revolutions. You'll be sure to be educated and entertained. Best part was you'll get to throw the tea into the bay!
Written 4 January 2020
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BackPacker84936
159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
My 16 year old daughter & I had an absolute blast!! This is interactive history at its best!! The tour guides/historical actors really embraced their roles and made learning more about the Boston tea party a fun experience. Everyone in our group got into the act. The structure of the tour is very well done. This is a must see in our book!!! The tea house was great too!!
Written 30 January 2020
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greglinmon
Las Cruces, NM1,033 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021 • Family
We spent about 90 minutes here. The actors were appropriately loud so we could hear and fun and some cool facts as they told the story. Two eleven year old boys were kept engaged (that tells you something), we kept moving. I highly suggest the am before too hot. Some great artifacts on display. My children now have perspective of this pivotal point in history. They understand details and had fun learning. Life long learning took place. And yes, throwing replica cases of tea overboard was thoroughly enjoyed by the boys.
Written 7 June 2021
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Thank you for sharing your experience. We are delighted to hear the whole family had a fun time at our experience.
Written 10 June 2021
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pgrenfell
Frederick, MD46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
This museum is an interactive experience where you are given a role as a son or daughter of liberty. The guides do a great job of staying in character and playing off the group’s energy. Overall a fun experience and nothing quite like chucking a box of “tea” into the harbor. The museum is a mix of movies and artifacts that are deftly woven into the act. Lastly, you can get yourself a cup of tea in the tea shop.
Written 1 March 2020
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Mark Barnes
Indianapolis, IN572 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
We loved coming here. First you do get to learn about history. Second during the reenactment my son loved that he could be loud and yell with the crowd. The staff were so good with us and even dad enjoyed throwing the tea in the harbor. I highly recommend
Written 6 April 2021
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We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We love to share guests comments with our employees. Thank you!
Written 9 April 2021
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