The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts
museum and library are located on the 4th floor of historic
Faneuil Hall adjacent to Government Center in Boston,
Massachusetts. The museum is easily accessible by car and
numerous bus routes and the T rail. (Information
on directions, parking and public transportation).
We house some of the most significant historical artifacts
in the history of the Commonwealth and United States. We invite
you to come to historic Faneuil Hall and visit us on the top
floor (Level 4). The AHAC museum and armory is a leader in
Boston and the community. The museum, library and armory are
private, non-profit, military historical institution highly
recognized by historians. Once in the Museum you will discover
the stories of the Ancients and how they participated in all
of America's conflicts.
The armory and museum are fully accessible via an elevator
on the ground floor of Faneuil Hall. Hours of Operation: 9:00am
to 3:00pm EST
Monday - Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday and major holidays.
NOTE: Children younger than 16 years of age must be accompanied
by an adult at all times. Children must be kept under control.
No running or horseplay or loud boisterous behavior allowed.
Group visits should contact us in advance.
PLEASE NOTE!: VISITORS TO THE MUSEUM ARE NOT TO TOUCH
ANYTHING WITHOUT THE EXPRESS PERMISSION BY THE CURATOR!
SUBJECT TO CLOSE WITHOUT NOTICE!
NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR CAMCORDERS ALLOWED AT ANY TIME
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The company was chartered
in 1638 by the great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay
Colony. Its Headquarters and Armory have been here in Faneuil
Hall since 1746.
Facing you at the west end of the Armory is the Great Seal
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Commissioned in 1897,
it is made of one piece of wood and measures seven feet in
height and is five feet wide. The indian (Massasoit) has a
slightly different stance in the modern seal.
The portriats that go around the upper walls are Past
Commanders (PC) of the Ancient and Honorable. Starting on
the left end of the room they are in chronological order. Around
their neck is the gorget,
the symbol of the Commanding Officer. In the days of armor it
was the large collar that connected the breast plate to the
helmet. An exhibit of the gorget is to your right.
In 1899, the Armory was expanded from thirty feet to the
present forty eight feet. To celebrate this, the Ancients
commissioned five Boston artists to paint thirteen historical
paintings. All were painted between 1901 and 1903. The series
starts on your right. If you are to ask if the painting of
Washington Crossing the Delaware is original...the answer
is NO. The original is in the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
The painting on the west wall is called "The First Muster".
It depicts the Ancients on Boston Common in 1638. A Drum
Head Election of officers took place and has been repeated
every year. (It is held the first Monday in June...rain or shine!)
The stairway to the Commander's Quarters has thirteen steps.
The name plates are in the order of that State's ratification
of the Constitution. Delaware is first and Rhode Island last.
The stairway is called: The
Stairway of the Constitution.
The flags on the steps represent each state. The flags on the
walls are: on the right---the Cross of St. George down to the
Star Spangled Banner. The tell the story of the United States
flag. On the left---are flags of the Colonial and Revolutionary
War period. The objects in the Museum Room are treasurers and
historical pieces accumulated by the Ancients over the years.
ENJOY YOUR VISIT AND COME BACK AGAIN!