The Charlestown Navy Yard has proudly served the nation for nearly two hundred years. Here, naval personnel and thousands of civilian workers built, repaired, and supplied warships from the majestic vessels of the nineteenth century to the powerful steel navy that sailed from Boston to defend freedom. Home to USS Constitution since 1897, the Navy Yard now welcomes nearly a million visitors each year.
Today, the Navy Yard is poised to serve a vital community function: as a connector to our heritage and a contributor to contemporary life and learning. The Visitor Experience Plan unveils a forward-looking vision for the Navy Yard. The result of a thorough and consensus-driven process, it is part plan and part provocation. It sees the Navy Yard for the amazing resource that it is and for what it might become. The Visitor Experience Plan strives to project the boundless optimism, ambition, and innovation that has defined the Navy Yard; the home of America’s Ship of State. Join us in transforming the Navy Yard!
The Navy Yard’s layered landscape reflects centuries of naval heritage – buildings, machinery, shipyard infrastructure, and landscape features. The preservation and enhancement of these resources is critical to the CNY experience.