Boston Public Library - Charlestown Branch 179 Main St, Charlestown, MA02129 While the exterior of the Charlestown library seems cold with its concrete structure, inside it's bright, charmingly…More crowded and busy. The library boasts an extensive collection of books on local history as well as a children and young adult area that has played host to many activities, including a performance by the band Harry and The Potters. The library also hosts a monthly book discussion group and talks by authors. Librarian Maureen Marx has worked there for more than 30 years.
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.