After a pair of fires closed and destroyed one of Boston’s most
historic landmarks, city agencies are joining with a tour company to
bring it back.


The new $25 million Boston Tea Party museum is expected to open in 2012 and will include a tavern, tea room and restaurant.


Funding for the museum will come from the city, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and Historic Tours of America, the authority said in an announcement yesterday.


It was closed in 2001 after a lightening strike damaged the museum. Six years later it was destroyed in a two-alarm fire.


Nearly 500,000 people are expected to visit the new museum annually when it opens off of the Congress Street Bridge near the site of the 1773 rebellion.