On-site316 Congress St
Phone: (617) 426-6500
Status: Open for business
Last Updated: May 26, 2018
On Harborwalk at the south end of Children’s Wharf Park, about 10 m from Congress St. in the Fort Point section of Boston.
The giant (40’ tall) milk bottle was originally erected on Winthrop Street at the Three Mile River in Taunton by Arthur Gagner to sell his ice cream. Gagner sold it a decade later to the Sankey family, who sold H.P. Hood and Sons ice cream out of it, but abandoned it by 1967. Made famous by a Polaroid photo in 1974, the bottle-shaped building was purchased seemingly on a whim by the Rough and Ready Underwear Company a year later, and offered it to the City of Boston. After an aborted plan to install it at the redeveloped City Hall Plaza, it was finally accepted by the Children’s Museum. After being restored in Quincy — sponsored by Hood, who insisted on it being renamed — it was shipped by barge with great fanfare to Children’s Wharf. In 2006, the bottle was ‘uncapped’ and the top preserved while the bottom was replaced with a more modern structure, then recapped and rededicated 20 April 2007 (exactly 30 years after it first arrived there).
Operated as part of the Children’s Museum, it serves ice cream and snacks.