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The Event That Sparked the American Revolution

July 14, 2020

At the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, we tell the story of the “single most important event leading up to the American Revolution.”

As field trips may look different this fall, the museum has several virtual experiences that can be presented to a variety of grade levels. We offer an array of live, interactive, and educational experiences to bring this event and others to life for students through our History @ Home Plus and Virtual Experiences. Utilizing modern technology, we can transform your classroom—or living room—into Griffin’s Wharf, the Boston Massacre Trial, or an elegant lady’s parlor to discuss the roles of women in the 18th century.

As the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continues its phased reopening plan and travel resumes, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums offers a memorable experience for your students while visiting Boston. Those who visit the site not only learn about history, they become part of it as they’re transported back to a cold and rainy December 16, 1773.

As Sons and Daughters of Liberty, students join Samuel Adams at the Old South Meeting House to discuss the tea crisis in Boston. After deciding the fate of the tea, they will storm Griffin’s Wharf to one of our fully restored 18th-century sailing vessels to destroy the tea with the aid of their historical host. After they’ve successfully thrown the tea into Boston Harbor, their host will guide the students into the museum where 21st-century technology tells an 18th-century story utilizing a series of engaging and interactive exhibits—complete with a few surprises to show students the consequences of their actions.

The experience culminates with the award-winning film Let It Begin Here, a multisensory experience that connects the Boston Tea Party to the “shot heard ’round the world” at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. This is a one-of-a-kind immersive experience your students will never forget!

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is posting content on our social media channels—Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter—with the highlight being the History @ Home video series, where viewers gain insider knowledge of the Boston Tea Party and its participants.

For more information and a complete list of in-person and virtual opportunities for your students, please visit Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

Written by Kirsten Schuller, Group Sales Manager, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Courtesy of Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

Photo courtesy of Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.