Share Your Boston History

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Continental Currency. 1775. Historical Image Bank.

Share Your History with the World

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is currently compiling a spectacular collection of Boston Tea Party-related artifacts and documents. Already part of the collection is the famous Robinson Half Chest, one of two known surviving chests from the Boston Tea Party, an original copy of a December 1773 issue of the Massachusetts Gazette with published proclamations of the Sons of Liberty, as well as other Revolutionary War period artifacts and documents.

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Spoons from the Boston Tea Party Era.
Collections on Display

Some of the collections you can experience that will be on display are original Woodcuts depicting Boston and the American Colonies in the 1700s, silver sugar tongs owned by a Boston Tea Party participant, and a 1773 newspaper recounting the Boston Tea Party.

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum continues to expand its collection through the acquisition and donation of items from people like you around the world. If you have a Boston Tea Party-related artifact or document that you would like to donate, sell, or loan to our museum dedicated entirely to this seminal event in American history we would love to hear from you.

What we are interested in

We are interested in all Boston Tea Party artifacts and documents as well as the personal effects of Tea Party participants and the Sons of Liberty. If acquired, the items will be displayed in perpetuity for more than 300,000 people to see each year. Your important contribution will become an important part of this signature museum. Items we are interested in obtaining include:

Period broadsides, pamphlets, flyers, newspapers, ads, etc…
First-hand accounts, diaries, journals, letters, and family accounts of the Tea Party
Ship’s manifests and other artifacts and documents related to the Beaver, Dartmouth, Eleanor, and William
Billheads, British East India Company documents and other related items
Tea stamps, tea chests with provenance to the Boston Tea Party
Souvenirs taken from the ships, hatchets and other tools used onboard to pry open the tea chests
Artifacts and documents with provenance to the Sons of Liberty and other Patriots, such as Paul Revere
Artifacts and documents with provenance to Revolutionary Boston, Boston Massacre, Battles of Lexington & Concord, Bunker Hill
Any Revolutionary War era artifacts and documents you would be willing to donate, sell, or loan

How to share your Item with us

If you have any items that you would like to discuss with us please e-mail our Director of Museum Services. We look forward to hearing from you.

How to share your Story with us

Fill out this form on a story you have or questions about how to share your artifact. A Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum representative will respond to you as soon as possible!

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