Boston History: Maritime Museum at Fairmont Battery Wharf

Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum at Fairmont Battery Wharf brings together more than 350 years of history of the Massachusetts Bay, featuring the U.S. Coast Guard and Battery Wharf from colonial times to present.

This 1,000-square-foot "pocket museum" retells history of the wharf with interpretive signs and video. One of the most prominent features is a large live-oak timber, which was preserved over the years at the Charlestown Navy Yard for use in repairing wooden-hulled warships like the USS Constitution, which was built in a shipyard near Battery Wharf.  The museum's floor itself was crafted from Battery Wharfs old oak pilings, which were replaced by concrete pilings during construction of the property.

Outside of the museum, enjoy Boston's historic Harbor Walk which surrounds the entire property. Every several feet, stop and take in the views with telescopes and interpretive signage that shares history of the wharf. For an elevated view, access the 24-hour observation deck directly above the museum for breathtaking views of the Boston Harbor.

The Maritime Museum, 24-hour observation deck, and restrooms are free and open to the public.


Click here to view a behind the scenes look at our on-site museum!


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