USS Constitution has reopened to free public visitation and is scheduled to continue to open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
To ensure the safety of guests and USS Constitution’s Sailors during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the crew is following the preventative guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of the Defense and Navy leadership.
All guests are required to wear a face covering, and groups are limited to 25 people or less to promote social distancing.
Visits last approximately 30 minutes, and the ship’s crew clean and sanitize surfaces and handrails between visitor groups.
In mid March, USS Constitution closed to public visitation to reduce exposure to COVID-19, and the crew began offering virtual tours, hosting more than 3 million virtual visitors.
Virtual tours will continue Monday to Thursday at 10 a.m. on the ship’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ussconstitutionofficial.
During each virtual tour, the ship’s active-duty Sailors take viewers through the ship, to include several areas normally closed to the public, and provide an opportunity for viewers to ask live questions.
At this time, no Sailors assigned to USS Constitution have tested positive for COVID-19.
USS 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 to 1855.
The active-duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people a year as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history, maritime heritage and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence.
USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 opponents.
The ship earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the war of 1812 when British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull.