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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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211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106-3199
+1 215-413-8655
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 10 August 2017

The museum portends to tell about the experience of the waterfront of Philadelphia. Located at the Delaware River at Penns Landing, it has a wonderful opportunity to tell the story of the Philadelphia Seaport. It falls short. The main exhibits focus on disaster at the...More

1  Thank larryderm
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We received free library passes to this museum from our local library. Because we are not familiar with Philadelphia, we used a GPS and had no problems finding the museum. Parking was also easy. Immediately next door is a Hilton parking garage which offers a...More

1  Thank Liz S
Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you so much for visiting! We are happy to hear you were able to utilize a free library pass and are thrilled that you enjoyed the historic ships.

Reviewed 8 August 2017

The star of the museum is the Olympia; as the only surviving Spanish-American War warship still afloat (and Admiral Dewey's flagship, to boot), it's a fascinating tour. Those who have visited WW2 and wooden warships will find this an interesting interim example of technology. I...More

1  Thank Zach F
Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

We are so happy you enjoyed Cruiser OLYMPIA, especially on a behind-the-scenes tour to see some areas that are usually closed off to the public (except for on these tours!). Thank your for visiting!

Reviewed 7 August 2017

So, in truth, the museum portion was not so interesting to me. Only pay to go in the museum if you are a true lover of all things ships and ship history. What is worth the expense is the tours of the USS Olympia and...More

1  Thank Campinggrl18
Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the historic ships!

Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

The ticket to the museum includes the indoor exhibits as well as entrance to two ships: a WWII "Becuna" submarine and the "Olympia" (Adm. George Dewey's flagship during the Spanish-American War). To be honest we didn't find the museum exhibits very interesting. But I admit...More

1  Thank Morella U
Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you for visiting the Museum! We certainly appreciate your feedback and are happy to hear you enjoyed Submarine BECUNA.

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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.