But as the partial US government shutdown enters its eighth day, the museum located in the National Park Service-run Charlestown Navy Yard has been behind a locked gate.
And because the museum receives no federal funding, the week-plus lock out has had a devastating impact on the museum.
"We are losing approximately $7,000 per day in donations and store sales during a time when we usually see over thousand people every day," said Lauren McCormack, the museum's manager of Bicentennial Programs.
But thanks to a local eatery, residents have the opportunity to support a community asset and preserve the legacy of “Old Ironsides” with a good meal and some drinks tonight.
This afternoon and evening, Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Navy Yard Bistro and Wine Bar will donate 20 percent of each bill to the USS Constitution Museum.
The award-winning bistro is located on 6th Street at 1st Avenue and can be reached at 617-242-0036. The restaurant accepts reservations for parties of eight and more.
For those with other plans tonight, people can donate to the museum at https://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/support/donate/