Children's Wharf (until recently known as Museum Wharf) is a wharf on Congress Street in Boston, Massachusetts, on the Fort Point Channel with views of the Financial District and Boston Harbor. The wharf has sitting areas, patches of lawn, and several tourist attractions.
By way of the Congress Street Bridge, Children's Wharf is a short walk from South Station, one of Boston's principal transportation hubs. The wharf is one of the more easily accessible locations on the Harborwalk, a newly established walking tour akin to the Freedom Trail, intended to take advantage of the change in landscape brought about by the Big Dig.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
M R | Dec 24, 2017
Absolutely a great time! We went on a cold and freezing rain December day just before Christmas and still had a wonderful time. The museum is interesting if a bit sparse on actual historic items, but the active portraits and holographic actors make up for it. They do have the only remaining tea chest from the Tea Party. The period actors were thoroughly enjoyable and engaging. And Abigail's Tea Room was the perfect treat on a 33 degree day after being outside in the sleet. Spent 6 days in Boston and this was the highlight of the trip...much better than many other attractions in the city.
Nicole Sargent | Feb 15, 2018
I came here with my aunt and uncle who were visiting from New York. Part of the experience is inside and part of it is outside on the boat, so I'd recommend not going in the rain like we did. However the experience overall was really fun, the cast members were really authentic and it was a fun way to learn about the Boston Tea Party. The gift shop was also awesome, had tons of tea related items which as someone who really enjoys tea I appreciated. I think the entrance fee was about $25 but there's usually a Groupon for it.
Amanda McCall | Nov 27, 2017
Reenactment of the Boston Tea Party. Staff were friendly and beautifully dressed. They were charming and knowledgeable. We had a light lunch and bottomless tea. The scones were a little dry but they were tasty nevertheless. Thanksgiving sandwich was to die for. Really great. The bottomless tea meant you could try all five types of tea that were tipped into the harbor during the protest. Our server was very knowledgeable on the subject and gave us some great context of the teas, who would be drinking them and quality tasting notes. There were fun games on the table for people to play. So one could conceivably spend a couple of hours chilling out in the atmosphere. We didn't have time to do the whole tour, but we could hear it occasionally, and it sounded like fun. Recommended.
Valerio Romano | Feb 27, 2018
This place was great. The characters and the place itself made you feel like you were in an important part of history. My wife, myself, my 9 year old and my 7 year old all had a great time. This place is lots of fun.
Smittie Smith | Jan 27, 2018
This was a fun and informative experience. The guided tour cast takes the group through a re-enactment of the Boston tea as they explain the history of the event. The tour cast plays their parts well and do a good job of drawing those in the tour group into the experience. Especially good for children but I'm a middle aged male and I enjoyed it as well.
Abilene Smith | Apr 25, 2018
Best stop of the day! My kids (ages 8 & 10) had such a great time with the period costumes, reenactment, and tea tasting. The actors were fabulous while interacting with the kids. After the tour we stopped at Abigail’s tea room and played 1700’s table games, sampled 5 different teas and scones. Wonderful family day!
Andrew French | May 3, 2018
I can't say enough good things about this experience. The museum itself is very cool, and it has a very fun and interactive feel to it. They also have one of the only two tea chests recovered from the actual Boston Tea Party...so how cool is that? Plus, on some nights, they hold "Tavern Nights", where you can enjoy a meal (and drinks), games, and music in the company of famous historic figures (and some less famous ones, too.) Well worth doing.
Dan Plant | Apr 23, 2018
Absolutely fantastic interactive presentation. It takes you back to the meeting with characters and secret signals then on to the ship to dump the tea into the harbor. After that into a museum where holographic video projections bring characters to life. Even the paintings come to life to tell the story. Finished off with a chance to sample tea from the era for a reasonable price. Fun for the whole family.
char drews | Apr 30, 2018
This was a very well delivered show .. the actors were very good, funny, and held our attention. The ship prop was excellent .. we would suggest to do this dhow early in your visit because it gives a very informative overview of the history and geography of the area
Peter Nowak | Jun 5, 2018
It's a pretty small museum and most of it is a gift shop. That being said for how cheap it is it is a pretty fun place to visit for a one time thing. They have a boat tour where you get to go onto a boat like the original participants of the Boston Tea Party and though take crates of "tea" over the edge. Although I found that to be a bit cheesy. What I really liked was the tea lounge. For a couple $$ you can get all you can drink tea which is all in all pretty good. In addition they serve pastrys and have actors/actresses dressed up as people from the 1700s to talk about the tea and stuff like that. Would recommend for kids.
Roshan Thomas | May 27, 2018
I worked right next to this in the Atlantic Wharf for 6 months with a good view of the museum. However I first visited this after a long while after leaving Boston. This is a great learning place for people who love history and want to learn more about the resistance against imperial power during pre independence era. The tour they provide is what I would call a close to accurate re-enactment. The place is blessed with staff who enjoy explaining the whole history to tourists.
Anthony Porter | May 23, 2018
This is a very different review from the others, because it has nothing to do with the tour or the ships. Instead, I'll review it from the aspect of attending a wedding there, which I recently did. All I can say is that the place went out of their way to provide the guests with the best possible experience. When the weather made us move the wedding inside, they were flexible and made it work. In addition, the sound system was surprisingly good at handling the wedding music. I think the inside capacity is somewhat small (less than 100), but if that's the size of your party, I highly recommend the Boston Tea Party Museum.
Robert Kerner | Jun 25, 2018
This was an excellent guided history experience! Well worth the price they are charging considering the effort put into the experience, including role playing actors and some pretty damn cool technology that isn't readily apparent standing across from the boats at the dock. The tour starts with a town hall meeting where participants have an opportunity to become part of the tour. Then a trip to the ship to learn about the Tea Party and opportunity to throw "tea" into the water. The tour then moves indoors for a very well-produced audiovisual experience, very similar to the Disney Hall of Presidents. Entertaining and informative for children as well as adults.
John Davis | Jun 21, 2018
A fairly fun way to kill some time in downtown Boston. For what it is, it's not bad, but just know what you're getting on this tour. This isn't really a museum-- that is, not a place where you wander around and look at exhibits. It's a guided tour that aims to have you play the part of a patriot taking part in the events of the Boston Tea Party, with a few (very enthusiastic) actors to take you through it. The acting is kinda cheesy, but everyone plays their part with such a sense of fun that it's enjoyable. You do get some good information on the tour, and there are a couple of stand-out exhibits (the sole remaining tea-chest from the Tea Party was very interesting to see). However, the ticket price is pretty steep ($30 for a tour of an hour and fifteen minutes), and they don't make it clear what you're in for when they sell you the ticket-- I thought it was going to be a more traditional museum. Also, as I mentioned, it's pretty light on actual historical artifacts. Lastly, quite a lot of space is devoted to the gift shop-- packed with chintzy souvenirs. Not a bad experience, especially for kids, but if you're a history buff looking for something authentic, Boston has plenty of better options for you.
Paul Vogler | Jul 14, 2018
The staff and the content we're great but there were some issues with flow and hands on experience. We didn't even get the chance to throw the tea in the harbor, WHAT! The meeting at the beginning needs the most work. You spent a lot of $ on the technology and it was great. How much would another dozen boxes of tea cost? I have 30+ years of museum education experience and I would suggest a serious look at your program.
Robin Deacle | Jul 13, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed this recreation of the circumstances surrounding the Boston Tea Party. The actors help to engage the audience and bring history to life. I appreciated the exhibit that followed life in Boston after the tea party. I did not realize what a price these people paid. The best part of course was throwing tea over the side of a replica ship. Highly recommend for about two hours of your Boston visit.
Brian Johnson | Jun 26, 2018
Fantastic tour. The cast was great and the level of detail is awesome. Truly inspiring telling of the beginning of the American Revolution. Audience participation makes it so much better. Love that you get to throw the tea overboard. Getting to tour the ship was a highlight
Shannon Porcellini | Aug 17, 2018
This is an outstanding place, full of history and personal stories. The cast is talented, funny and friendly, but with a great sense of the story their telling. The ships are very cool to explore, and the museum is really worth going to. I would spoil the surprises but it's pretty cool what they've done here. My kids loved this stop. Abigail's Tea Room is really neat with historical baked goods and tea, as well as modern offerings. You can actually taste the same kind of tea that would have been thrown in Boston Harbour! It's really well done. There are historical games to play, like checkers and chess. The gift shop is one of the nicest and most complete in Boston. Of course there is tea, loose, bagged and blocks. But there's also books, reproduction documents, swords, tea sets, kids toys etc. It's lovely. This is a great place to start your exploration of revolutionary Boston, to get a good overview of places, people and timing. It's a 15 min walk to Boston Common or Faneuil Hall.
Am C | Jul 15, 2018
We thought this place would be cool to check out but wow, did we underestimate this place! We had such an awesome time through the tour. The staff/cast was well knowledgeable and so pleasant. The boats were beautiful, the few hands-on activities were fun, the inside museum was beautiful, and the short film made both of us tear up a little. Tea Shop had a really good selection of snacks/pastries, drinks (alcoholic too), and food. It was the favorite part of our day exploring Boston.
Jennifer Hagen | Aug 9, 2018
This was a great time! It was not at all what I expected. There was a period dress guide and actors who led the town meeting and the activity of boarding the ship and throwing the tea overboard. It's actually boxes on ropes you throw over and take a picture and then haul it back up again for the next person. That was kind of disappointing. I was expecting to thrown actual tea in the river. Then the tour continues with short movies and special effects to further explain the story. It ends in the tea room where you can use the restroom, our purchase cookies or scones, or a cup to taste samples of the 5 teas that were dumped in the harbor. While eating your snack and sipping your tea you can play period board games and interact further with the actors. In all, it was a great afternoon!
Judy Liesch | Jul 25, 2018
Love this place. You may think you know you know about the Boston tea party but unless you really deeply studied it in school I'll bet you'll learn a lot here. You go through with a host or hostess that can answer your questions. They even use modern imagery technology in some parts to bring history to life. The small on site restaurant was very good and fairly priced. There is also a small gift shop.
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