A new exhibit at the USS Constitution Museum offers visitors the chance to furl a sail or holystone a deck.
Interested in doing more than just reading about life in the U.S. Navy's first six frigates? A new exhibit at the USS Constitution Museum, located at Boston Harbor in Charlestown, Massachusetts, gives visitors the chance to experience what it was like to serve on board "Old Ironsides." All Hands on Deck: A Sailor's Life in 1812 is a hands-on, minds-on exhibit in which families can scrub the deck, swing in a hammock, fire a cannon, and furl a sail. The culmination of eight years of research into the lives and experiences of the men who served in the Constitution during the time she earned her famous nickname, the exhibit is a national model of family learning techniques at a history museum.