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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We did not expect it would be so much fun. As a family we really had a lot of fun and it was educational. I was glad to see a Musuem in Philadelphia include Black History as well, very impressive. There were so many floors....More

Thank DominiqueD471
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

I visited years ago before I had kids and I liked it but now I can appreciate all the interactive displays. Tons of photo opts in the sub and the Olympia. Keep by 9 year olds engaged for a full two hours. Also impressed with...More

Thank tosl
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Have you ever toured a submarine before? Imagined living in close quarters with your crew underwater for months at a time? Visiting the USS Becuna submarine docked beside the museum was a highlight of our visit. You get to see the engine room, the sleeping...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Came over to see the Cruiser Olympia, one of the oldest warship afloat in the world, as well as the USS Becuna, a war submarine from the 1945 era... Both were in the Philippine seas during their time, and they are still afloat here at...More

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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

It is truly amazing to explore a steel cruiser that was launched over 120 years ago in the 19th century. The Olympia served in the Spanish-American War as well as World War I and the ship has been beautifully preserved by the museum. It is...More

Thank effervescent03
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

We grandparents learned naval history along with our grandson as we toured the submarine from WWII and the cruiser from the Spanish American War. Watching him grasp the history made on these vessels was a treat we couldn't create any other way. The museum exhibits...More

Thank Nutmeg2003
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

This is a fantastic museum-- great exhibits, charming and amusing. Its also working, with boat restoration and model boat biding going on as you walk the museum. This museum also curates the USS Olympia, which is in danger. Easily the second most historic US ship...More

Thank Dave C
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 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
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

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
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Belin421
4 March 2018|
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Response from michaelbunero1959 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a lot nearby on the riverfront and a short walk over. Also there's street parking available close by.
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dderonde
18 May 2016|
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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.
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