The museum occupies a small space across the street from the Bunker Hill Monument in what used to be the Charlestown…More Public Library, but a lot of rich, local history is packed into its two floors of exhibits. Visitors can learn more about the Battle of Bunker Hill, but also quite a bit about the history of Charlestown. One exhibit provides an interesting time line on Charlestown's evolution from a robust center of the Massachusetts colony to a key naval institution in the 19th century and the unique neighborhood of Boston that it is today.
The museum also provides a glimpse into the evolution of the Bunker Hill Monument itself, including sketches of alternate designs.
This 221-foot granite obelisk was built to commemorate one of the first major conflicts of the Revolutionary War. It…More sits on what is actually Breed's Hill, where most of the fighting took place in the misnamed Battle of Bunker Hill. Visitors can climb the 294 steps to the top of the monument for striking views of the harbor and downtown Boston. But be warned: the climb is physically challenging and on a winding and narrow staircase.
At the base of the monument, there is an exhibit lodge that includes a detailed map of the battle as well as a statue of Joseph Warren, a fallen Bunker Hill hero. Outside, another statue pays tribute to Col. William Prescott, who helped lead the fight.
When the weather is fair, the lush grounds surrounding the monument are full of local residents and tourists alike, enjoying the views of Charlestown, sunning themselves or sitting under the shade of a tree.
The monument is a site along the Freedom Trail and is part of Boston's National Historic Parks.
*Special note: The monument is under reconstruction until Fall 2010. Although the exhibit lodge and surrounding park will remain open, there will be no climbing permitted in the monument.
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