For a play-by-play of the USS Constitution's various battles, as well as her current role as the flagship of the US Navy, head indoors to the museum. Most interesting is the exhibit on the Barbary War, which explains the birth of the US Navy during this relatively unknown conflict – America’s first war at sea. Upstairs, kids can experience what it was like to be a sailor on the USS Constitution in 1812.

On the ground floor of the museum, the Model Shipwright Guild operates a workshop, where visitors can see volunteer modelers working on fantastically detailed miniatures of the USS Constitution and other ships.