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1773 Tea Chest

The Tea Chest is one of the oldest Boston museum artifacts

Boston Museum Exhibits Robinson Tea ChestProtected and preserved for more than two centuries, the Robinson Tea Chest is the only known surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party in 1773. Hear the compelling history of this significant artifact. From its simple discovery the morning after the destruction of the tea, to its journey through the centuries as it was handed down from generation to generation.  The Robinson Tea Chest serves as a reminder of the patriotism demonstrated that fateful night.  May it continue as an inspiration for generations yet to come.    

The Robinson Tea Chest is proudly displayed at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum from the permanent collections of Historic Tours of America, Inc.

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“I brought this tea chest from Gouverneur, New York, fifty-four years ago. It formally belonged to John Robinson, having been picked up by his father previous to the Revolutionary War in which he served. I received this information from the widow mother of John Robinson, Jr.” ~ Solomon Shaffstall