The Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill. It's been open to the public since 1842. The 221-foot white granite obelisk marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution, and is located in Charlestown, MA.
Things to Do
- Bunker Hill Monument is a part of the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile, brick-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites.
- Visitors can climb the 294 steps to the top of the granite obelisk. (This is a decent challenge!)
- Charlestown Navy Yard, home of the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), is just a few blocks away. A visit to both locations makes for a nice day trip.
- The Battle of Bunker Hill Museum is located across the street from the Monument.
Bunker Hill Insider Tips
- The Monument and Museum are open year-round.
- Parking is tough, but possible if you are lucky. Watch for signage stating residential parking only.
- Climbing Pass - From April 1 through June 30 of 2014, due to high visitation and safe occupancy requirements, all visitors who wish to climb the Bunker Hill Monument must first obtain a climbing pass from the Bunker Hill Museum (located at 43 Monument Square) across the street. For more information, please call 617-242-7275. For groups of 10 or more, call 617-242-5689.
- Famous Battle Quote - "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" This legendary order has come to symbolize the conviction and determination of the ill-equipped American colonists facing powerful British forces during the famous battle fought on site pf the Bunker Hill Monument on June 17, 1775.