From the moment that you walk up to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, you will be transported back in time. Costumed docents welcomed our family to the museum and escorted us to the meeting room to wait for others to enter. We visited on a cold and snowy Christmas Eve day in Boston and the Tea Party Ships & Museum provided 2 hours of learning and fun for our family of 6 (kids ages: 12, 9, 6 and 4).
Tips for making the most out of your visit:
- Non tour visits are not allowed in this museum, but you’re allowed to visit the museum store and Abigail’s Tea room without museum admission. Both are worthwhile stops, as the museum store has one of the most extensive Boston area mementos that I’ve ever seen. Our family loves collecting a Christmas ornament from each vacation and the tea pot ornament purchased at this museum is a family favorite.
- Strollers are not allowed in the museum and stroller parking is available.
- The museum store has an amazing collection of tea sets and thus can be a bit nerve wracking with young children. It takes fragile to another level. If traveling with two adults, buy the kids a treat upstairs in the tea room and take turns having each adult check out the gift shop. Your won’t be sorry.
- Information regarding photography and videos: Pictures and video are allowed in the meeting room, ships and back deck but not in the museum.
- Warning for those with young children. The museum portion of the tour includes a film depicting scenes of war. Though not overly scary, it’s helpful to warn your children and even have them look away if you think that it could cause nightmares. All parents know that sleep is important. That’s really the only part of the tour that could cause fear in young children.
- Additional things to do with children near the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum.The museum is located near the Boston Children’s Museum, Faneuil Hall and the New England Aquarium. Thus, you will be near many child friendly Boston area attractions.
- It’s helpful to provide young visitors with a historical background prior to visiting the museum. Read a book or two about colonial and Revolutionary War era history to your children prior to the visit and familiarize them with the key players, names and references of the time. The museum’s education webpage offers many resources that can assist you in preparing your family for a visit.
- Though the tour is 1 hour long, we spent 2 hours there, as Abigail’s Tea Room has tables with era games which kept our family entertained for a good hour while we sipped tea and snacked on cookies.
- If you’re visiting the museum during the winter months, make sure to dress in layers, as your children will want to enjoy the process of yelling “huzzah” and dumping the tea into the harbor. Don’t rush the process, follow your kid’s lead and get into character. It is quite exhilarating.
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