Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Wins #1 ‘Best Patriotic Attraction’

BOSTON, July 2, 2016

Just in time for Independence Day, America’s most patriotic holiday, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, which tells the story of “the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution,” has been awarded #1 ‘Best Patriotic Attraction’ in 10Best Readers’ Choice 2016 travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY.

Readers were asked to vote for their favorite patriotic attractions from a pool of 20 nominees, including the Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Boston’s Freedom Trail, etc. over a four week period of voting. Nominees for all categories were chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. Rules allowed the public the right to vote online for one nominee per category, per day. Voting closed on June 28, 2016. The winners are listed here:

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, which opened in June 2012 and is owned and operated by Historic Tours of America, is situated over the same body of water where the Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773. The museum tells the story of the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party and immediate aftermath that led to the start of the American Revolution. The museum provides a unique immersion experience in history by representing key events in from 1773 to 1775, through live actors, tea [crate] throwing off authentically resorted tea ships, high-tech interactive exhibits, and an award-winning multisensory film, Let it Begin Here. On display at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is the Robinson Half Chest, one of only two known surviving tea chests from the original Boston Tea Party (the second is owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington DC).

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is open 7 days/week from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (summer/spring) and from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (fall/winter). Tours run every 30 minutes in the fall/winter and every 15 minutes in the spring/summer and last 1 hr.

“We are humbled and honored to be awarded ‘Best Patriotic Attraction’ among such an esteemed group of nominees,” says Shawn P. Ford, Executive Director of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. “Every day, the entire team at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is passionate about telling and teaching the story The Boston Tea Party, celebrating and recognizing its significance in American History. We could not be more proud to have received this recognition and thank everyone who voted for us. ”

Coming up in December 2016, The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and the Old South Meeting House team-up to host the annual Boston Tea Party Reenactment which takes places every December 16 with hundreds of reenactors. This year will mark the 243rd anniversary of The Boston Tea Party.

This annual reenactment, one of the largest moving theatrical reenactment performances in the United States, is an opportunity for the public to experience one of America’s most iconic public protests, live, where reenactors bring to life the story of The Boston Tea Party and theatrically recreate the evening of Dec., 16, 1773. It begins with a fiery tea tax debate at Old South Meeting House, the actual historic hall where the colonists gathered to protest taxation without representation. Then, the public joins a lively procession to the waterfront, and watch as the Sons of Liberty destroy hundreds of pounds of actual [expired] tea direct from London’s East India Company into Boston’s historic harbor at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.