Tea Party museum reopening in Boston, in time for election year

Tea Party museum reopening in Boston, in time for election year
An original tea chest from 1773 at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. (Steven Senne / Associated Press)

Perhaps it's just a coincidence, but a museum dedicated to the 1773 Boston Tea Party that has been dormant for more than a decade is set to reopen this week, in time for the presidential election year.

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is set to open its doors to the public on Tuesday. The facility closed about 11 years ago following a fire, according to a report in the Patriot Ledger newspaper.


The museum, which first opened its doors about 40 years ago, received a $28-million loan from the state of Massachusetts, and has expanded its cultural offerings, including 3-D holograms that depict scenes of colonial struggles.

It also features one of the two remaining tea boxes that colonists threw overboard into Boston Harbor to protest a tea tax imposed by the British crown.

The term "tea party" has regained currency in recent years as a political movement opposing many of the policies of the Obama administration. Prominent politicians who have been associated with the tea party movement include Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin