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Independence Seaport Museum

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Address: 211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: +1 215-413-8655
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Philadelphia's maritime museum features interactive exhibits, historic...

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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Unique historic ship with ok museum

The Olympia Spanish American Armored Cruiser is the main attraction. Oldest steel warship afloat, at least according to them. This is unique as it shows the class difference quite... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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New Paltz, New York
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New Paltz, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Olympia Spanish American Armored Cruiser is the main attraction. Oldest steel warship afloat, at least according to them. This is unique as it shows the class difference quite clearly. Luxury wood staterooms for officers and hammocks with a literal footlocker for the ranks. Also coal fired. A must for naval and history buffs. The British have the Warrior but... More 

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Oxford, Mississippi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must sea if you are interested in maritime history. A good description of the US Navy and Philadelphia as a shipyard and its role in the country's maritime history and tradition. As a former naval officer and student of history, I was drawn to the Olympia, Admiral Dewey's Flagship which prevailed in the naval Battle of Manila during the... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the seaport museum while touring Philadelphia for the first time. We purchased the Philadelphia pass and this was one of he attractions that were included. It's actually two attractions in one. It's the seaport museum and you also get to go inside the submarine that's in the water and also an old boat and it's all in one... More 

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We purchased our tickets through Viator to save a few bucks. To save yourself the hassle of dealing with a very unprofessional manager print your tickets out in advance! I forgot and it clearly says on the bottom of the voucher that showing it in electronic form would suffice, but he was still very rude. He kept saying since I... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Background: after arriving too early for a dinner reservation, we had some free time and walked over to the Independence Seaport Museum. It was closed, but wait, there's more! Verdict: Even when closed, there is lots of great free stuff to see while walking on the promenade. While we didn't go inside the ships, we could see the ships, read... More 

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Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this review

We're sorry that you didn't get to experience the Museum while we're open. We hope you'll come back for a visit soon! More 

Haifa, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I loved exploring both the submarine and the ship as well as some of the exhibits in the museum. They really need docents on the ship and the submarine. We had so many questions and there was nobody to ask. The exhibit on the pirates and the start of the US Navy was very enlightening and a pleasure to look... More 

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Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this review

We're so happy to hear that you had a great time exploring the historic ships while visiting the Museum! We do typically have volunteers on the ships so we apologize that you weren't able to find someone to answer your questions. The staff is very knowledgeable and full of information about the historic ships so we hope you'll get to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Philadelphia has many historic sights to visit. On my Penn's Landing walk, I discovered the Independent Seaport Museum. Originally, I walked by then on my way back, I decided to partake. The museum is a self guided tour by following blue arrows on the ground. The blue arrows lead you into a retired war submarine then a retired war battleship... More 

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Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting and for the kind words. We're thrilled that you decided to stop in for a visit! More 

Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The museum has a number of wonderful exhibits, but then there is the Olympia and Becuna available to tour which were wonderful. I had never seen a cruiser and sub from those time periods.

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Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting and we're so happy to hear that you especially enjoyed the historic ships! More 

Portland, Oregon, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The Cruiser Olympia was first launched in 1892 and served as Admiral Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay, which showed the world that the United States intended to become a predominate naval power. She’s 344 feet long and consumed a ton of coal every three minutes at her top speed of 22 knots. While long since docked for... More 

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Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this review

We certainly hope you enjoyed your visit! More 

Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

It's fascinating to see the ornate paneling and upholstered furniture next to the cannon in the officer's quarters. Contrast the enlisted hammocks, and again, cannon, in the crew's quarters. Explore the workings and living conditions of a turn of the century warship on a well placarded, self guided tour. A unique and memorable experience.

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Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review. We're so happy to hear that you had such a memorable experience at the Museum! More 

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