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USS Becuna

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Address: Penn's Landing at Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA
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+1 215-922-1898

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Submarine and Spanish-American War cruiser

This waterfront museum, at Penn's Landing, contains the Becuna and a more historic ship, the USS Olympia, flagship of Admiral Dewey in Manila Bay during the Spanish-American war... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
West Lafayette, Indiana
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This waterfront museum, at Penn's Landing, contains the Becuna and a more historic ship, the USS Olympia, flagship of Admiral Dewey in Manila Bay during the Spanish-American war. The Becuna is a standard US world war 2 submarine updated to "GUPPY" format after the war. The Olympia (for some reason Tripadvisor doesn't have a separate entry for her) was much... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love naval history and visiting historic ships, this is a must-see attraction. It is located at Penn's Landing and anchored next to Admiral Dewey's flagship the USS Olympia. It requires going into tight spaces and using ladders and steps, so it not a good attraction for those needing accessibility. Children will love it. Get the combo ticket to... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As you enter the top hatch of the sub, you are transported back to WWII. You get to travel the full length of the sub, from stem to stern. There is a lot of information provided to explain what life was like on the sub. You can rush through in only a few minutes, or you can spend the time... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This walk is good to enjoy more than the USS BECUNA it has lots to see and an lot on the ship to be informed ... a true educational experience.... it is a 3 star THOMAS PAUL COMEDY!!!!!!!

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Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

As you weave through the maze of valves, piping, switches, gauges, and levers that encompass the cramped quarters in which men lived and fought in a steel tube below the surface of the sea, you get a feel for what their lives must have been like. Informative placards explain the equipment and procedures involved in operating the boat. A truly... More 

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Lincoln Park, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Our tour was narrated by a docent from the Independence Seaport Museum. He was extremely knowledgeable about the sub and its war efforts. You get a glimpse of all aspects of a submariner's life. You can visit the sub without a docent, but you will not get the whole story.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

This is part of the Independence Seaport Museum. Do not miss the submarine. It is the best part of the museum. You really see what it was like to work and live in a submarine. Not for the extremely claustrophobic!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

This sub has been here for a long time along side the USS Olympia. Both boats are kept in pretty good condition. The kids will love the sub due to the close quarters and they can fit everywhere. Both boats are very good static displays and look like could set sail within an hour. On board the Olympia I was... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

Was wandering the streets of Philly one day with nothing to do and ended up by the river and spied the submarine and thought I'd have a look. Was surprised at how interesting it was. Naturally had seen all those war movies of subs and so on. This really showed me how they lived and worked on one of those... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015

Part of the Independence Seaport Museum, the Becuna was a WWII and Cold War submarine. It's extremely packed in, so don't go if you're claustrophobic. Also, it's not handicapped accessible, but it was built for able bodied seamen anyway,

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