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Three art installations

The community is invited to see three amazing art installations at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

This program, hosted by the National Parks of Boston and the USS Constitution Museum, features work from three Boston-based artists: a sculpture by Somerville resident Chris Frost, a sound installation by Boston-based composer Maria Finkelmeier, and a mixed-media installation by Yale School of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts graduate Marlon Forrester.

These installations are part of the National Park Service’s “Art on the Trails to Freedom,” a collaborative project that invites artists from New England to create public works of art that explore Boston’s historical themes and activate select locations on Boston’s Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail with new theme-based public programming and temporary public art installations.

They will be displayed through Oct. 1. “Assembly” and “Ironsounds” are located at the head of Dry Dock 1 and Gate 1 respectively. “B.O.A.T. (Crane 65) is on display in the Museum’s Education Center.

Visit www.ussconstitution.org for more details.

Public art exhibit

Massachusetts’ sculptor Dale Rogers’ whimsical art exhibit, “The Big Dog Show,” consisting of 20 eight-foot high steel sculptures, is on display now through Sept. 10 in Shipyard Park.

The big dog sculptures are installed throughout the Navy Yard in Shipyard Park, Boston National Historical Park, and along the Harbor Walk. Families can run, bike or boat to the Charlestown Navy Yard for a sculpture stroll along the two-mile route.

The Navy Yard Garden Association, the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Boston National Historical Park and the National Park Service are sponsoring this exhibit.

For more details, email info@navyyardgarden.org.

Muskets, men and liberty

Boston National Historical Parks will lead free guided tours “Of Muskets, Men and Liberty” at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 29, meeting at the Bunker Hill Monument.

Visitors will discover why three men from very different backgrounds were fighting for a common cause because of their shared desire for liberty.

For more information, call the visitors’ center at 617-242-5601 or go online to www.nps.gov/boston.

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 www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org or by calling 617-426-1812.

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 www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org 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 www.navy.mil/local/constitution 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 www.bostonmarinesociety.org or call 617-242-0522 for more information.