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Independence Seaport Museum

211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106-3199
+1 215-413-8655
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Philadelphia's maritime museum features interactive exhibits, historic ships (Spanish American war-era cruiser Olympia and WWII-era submarine Becuna) and changing exhibition galleries. Seasonal river tours of the Delaware River and kayaks / rowboat rentals available. Extended evening hours Thursday - Saturday Memorial Day - Labor Day.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106-3199
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have an interest in nautical history, the history of Philadelphia, or both, definitely don't miss the Independence Seaport Museum! This museum is stocked with displays and items showcasing the nautical history of Philadelphia and the area, and could easily take a couple of...More

Thank Matt S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The original listing indicated <1hr. We took longer than that just on the first floor alone. There are so many interesting things to see and read... and the Becuna and USS Olympia (located along the waterfront of Spruce St harbor park) alone would take more...More

Thank MeraKi25
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the Museum in Nov. Its worth spending time and money to understand maritime history and culture. Especially the two historic landmark ships - The Cruiser "Olympia" and Submarine "Becuna" (OPEN TOUR). Both were used during the world war. First time in my life...More

Thank Rubi K
Reviewed 10 December 2017

There is a good sense of maritime history here. The USS Olympia from the Spanish-American War is docked here as are dozens of other vessels.

Thank J-Chizzle
Reviewed 27 November 2017

We were just poking around the waterfront when we came upon this museum. We ended up spending several very enjoyable hours in the building and ships.

Thank CYuhas
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The museum itself was fun and had enough hands-on exhibitions to keep us busy. Our grandson was disappointed when he realized the submarine was not a "ride." He quickly recovered and just loved both the submarine and the vintage ship adjacent to it. You have...More

1  Thank Susan S
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We only had less than an hour as it closed at 5pm. We paid the $32 for 2 and went right outside and did the self guided tour of the submarine and destroyer that is in the water, pretty cool. Then went back into the...More

1  Thank 46oceangirl
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We did not go into the museum itself but paid to tour the submarine and WW1 war ship. This was great. It was fantastic to see how the crew lived on an old submarine. Very nice and educational.

1  Thank Arnold S
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit learned about maritime on the Delaware. Gave a nice history. Some nice artifacts and great models of ships. Had a section on slavery which was moving. Not a big museum but you could spend time reading. Didn't do the boats that come...More

1  Thank michaelbunero1959
Reviewed 17 August 2017

This a valuable asset to Phildelphia's museums in that The Sea is an important part of the City's History. However this Museum needs an update. Having lots of large models in glass cabinets is not enough to engage people these days. I recently went to...More

1  Thank Simon D
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18 May 2016|
Response from tcloth | Reviewed this property |
We spent about two hours, about half the time in the museum and half in the submarine and ship.