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Coffee with the rangers

The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host coffee with a National Park Ranger at 9 a.m. every morning throughout August at Decca, Building 19 in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Visitors can meet a ranger over coffee or favorite beverage, ask questions and discuss some of the many exciting offerings and stories connected with the National Parks of Boston.

For more information, visit or call 617-426-1812.

Constitution’s cannons

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program, “Ready, Aim, Fire!” from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily through Aug. 31.

Kids can step into the role of the courageous crew who manned the “Old Ironsides” cannon and learn the science and steps needed to fire a 32-pound carronade.

While at the museum, families should explore the hands-on Forest to Frigate exhibit that explores the creation of the United States Navy and the early history of USS Constitution.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-426-1812.

Yoga on ‘Old Ironsides’

Boston Harbor Now is hosting all-levels Vinyasa yoga from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays during August.

Participants can enjoy a Vinyasa flow while overlooking the spectacular views of the sun setting over the city aboard the USS Constitution.

A yoga instructor from Yoga Around Town will teach the 60-minute class. Participants should bring a mat or towel and meet at Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center on Pier 1. Each class will feature the firing of “Old Ironsides’” cannon and the lowering of her flag signaling the day’s end on a historic National Park while enjoying the beautiful Boston skyline view.

Each yogi will need to pass through security prior to boarding the ship.

All people, ages 18 and older, must present a valid federal or state-issued photo I.D. or passport to board the ship.

Registration is strongly recommended, although walk-ups are available on a limited basis.

For more information and to register, visit

Bunker Hill history

Boston National Historical Parks is leading free “Decisive Day” guided tours every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during August at Bunker Hill Monument.

Two months after the battles at Lexington and Concord, a battle raged on the Charlestown peninsula. Visitors will discover why this battle, a victory for the British and a loss for the colonists, was an important step in the colonists’ fight to drive the British army out of Boston.

For more information, call the visitors’ center at 617-242-5601 or go online to

Mutinous expedition

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program, “Mutinous Expedition: A Quest Based on Honest Truth,” now through Oct. 31.

Children can relive the story of Jack Tarr, an ordinary seaman aboard USS Constitution, and his struggle to decide whether to join a mutinous crew or stay loyal to Captain Bainbridge. They can explore the galleries to find hidden clues to help inform their decision.

Quest kits are available in the museum lobby.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-426-1812.

‘Old Ironsides’ summer hours

USS Constitution and its crew are on their summer hours of operation. The Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, will be open to the general public, free of charge on Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The ship is also open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Each tour, self-paced, takes visitors through the ship’s top two decks. Every 30 minutes, one of the active duty sailors who are stationed onboard “Old Ironsides,” will give a verbal reenactment of her storied past and answer questions about both the history of the Navy and present day Navy.

To board USS Constitution, all visitors, people ages 18 and older, must show a valid state or federal-issued photo I.D. or passport.

After the tour, visitors are encouraged to explore the USS Constitution Museum, located adjacent to Dry Dock 1, for more opportunities to interact with Constitution sailors, learn more of the ship’s history and experience several new restoration-themed exhibits. Entrance is free; donations are encouraged.

For more news and information, visit or call 617- 242-7511.

Marine museum

The Boston Marine Society at Building No. 32, Charlestown Navy Yard, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

The society hosts a large collection of art and artifacts depicting maritime history and life on the sea, as well as a research library, detailing the history of sailing and marine commerce and the history of one of the oldest and most important ports in the country.

Its website includes selected objects from its collection and the history of the organization. Visit or call 617-242-0522 for more information.