Bunker Hill Monument, Freedom Trail site in Charlestown, MA
New Bunker Hill Museum across the street from the Monument
Building next to Bunker Hill Monument
Diorama and other exhibits in Bunker Hill Museum
When I was little, my parents took me on the Freedom Trail. I remember going to Bunker Hill and going into a building or tent with a round room and they played a movie in the round 360* about the battle between the Patriots and the British. "Don't shoot till you see the whites of their eyes" is what I remember. Do they still show that movie there? We are coming Memorial Day Weekend.
Susan's reply: Hi Cheri - I am not sure that the building or tent that you remember is there any more. A new museum has opened across from the Bunker Hill Monument on Monument Square within the past couple of years.
I dropped by last May and have been meaning to put up some information about it on Boston Discovery Guide because it's filled with fascinating information, artifacts, and even a diorama at the ceiling level in a round exhibition level which you can see in one of the photos above (as you can see, it was a gorgeous day). I'm not sure that many people know about it yet because it's so new.
I'm not sure, though, if they still show the movie that you saw. There wasn't a movie showing the day that I was there, but that may have just been a timing issue.
The museum was actually much more interesting than I expected - when I stopped by, I expected to be there maybe 10 minutes max, but ended up staying for an hour. By the way, it is normally open 9-5, and I just check their website to see if the Bunker Hill Museum is open on Memorial Day itself, but didn't any information other than the hours. If that's the day when you're planning to go, you might want to call to confirm they're open - 617-242-5689.
There is a smaller building next to the monument, which you can also see in one of the above photos. I think it's primarily used for offices for the Park Rangers since the new museum opened.
Cheri, if you haven't been to Boston for awhile, another area that you MUST see is the new Rose Kennedy Greenway, a gorgeous park where the old elevated Central Artery used to be. For anyone who hasn't been to Boston for awhile, the transformation of this part of the city is simply mind-boggling. The whole Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall Marketplace area is transformed, and the waterfront itself - barely recognizeable!
Have a wonderful weekend in Boston - hope every moment is enjoyable!
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