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New Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center Opens

Boston National Historical Park

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Northeast Deputy Regional Director Michael Reynolds joined Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston National Historical Park Superintendent Terry Savage on July 3rd for a rope cutting ceremony to officially open a new visitor center in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

The new 8500-square-foot visitor center, located in Building 5 adjacent to the USS Constitution, features exhibits on the history of the Charlestown Navy Yard, which opened in 1800 as one of the first naval shipyards in the United States and was the birthplace, repair center, outfitting base and port of refuge for thousands of U.S. naval vessels. It has a new museum store, operated by Eastern National, a ranger desk where visitors can pick up maps of the Freedom Trail and brochures from area attractions, a new theater, and a new orientation film.

The $3.3-million handicapped-accessible facility will now serve as a formal entry point to the 30 acres of the Boston National Historical Park portion of the Charlestown Navy Yard, allowing National Park Service rangers and volunteers to provide better orientation to the more than one million visitors who tour the site each year. 

Entertainment for the rope cutting ceremony was provided by the American Belles, a trio of high energy performers who sing American standards and patriotic favorites from the 1940s in rich three part harmony.

On Friday, July 4th, Vice President Dick Cheney visited the Charlestown Navy Yard to participate in a Fourth of July military reenlistment ceremony aboard the USS Constitution.

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