BOSTON (AP) — The U.S.S. Constitution, and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum in Boston plan to reopen to the public later this week after being closed for several months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Both attractions are scheduled to reopen on Friday, according to a statement.
Guests on board the ship known as “Old Ironsides” as well as in the museum will be required to wear a face coverings. Guest capacity will be limited and the museum will require timed tickets.
Both the ship and the museum will undergo more frequent cleanings.
We are proud to reopen to the public this Friday (Aug 7) from 10am-6pm. All guests will be required to wear #facemasks. Visits will last approximately 30 minutes, and the crew will clean and sanitize surfaces and handrails between groups. More info: https://t.co/dH0RrXtB5M pic.twitter.com/8Gej9Cpxmb
— USS CONSTITUTION (@USSConstitution) August 5, 2020
The U.S.S Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 until 1855. The ship was undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 enemy vessels.
It earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812 when British cannonballs were seen bouncing off its wooden hull.
The museum collects, preserves, and interprets the stories of the ship and its crew.
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