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Independence Seaport Museum

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Address: 211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
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+1 215-413-8655
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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Wonderful Maritime Museum Highlighting Philadelphia

Definitely visit this museum to get the history of Philadelphia and its nautical heritage. Wonderful for the whole family as there are lots of hands-on exhibits. Fully accessible... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Citrus Heights, California
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Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely visit this museum to get the history of Philadelphia and its nautical heritage. Wonderful for the whole family as there are lots of hands-on exhibits. Fully accessible to those with mobility issues. A wonderful compliment to visiting the USS Olympia and USS Becuna.

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Califon, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum itself is very good. Appropriate for kids of all ages and interactive. The highlights are the USS Olympia and the sub Becuna. The Olympia is the oldest steel warship afloat and has an amazing history. It's a beautiful ship and well organized for tours. The Becuna is also very interesting and a fascinating contrast to the Olympia, which... More 

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south jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum was larger then I thought and had a lot of history about Philadelphia's role in the ship building & naval history of our country. Couple that with a tour of the Cruiser Olympia and you have a nice day on Philadelphia's waterfront

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great museum, but the best part is the WWII submarine. You are able to walk the sub from stem to stern. Plenty of information to read and mechanics to look at. This tour can be done in 10 minutes, but I was able to spend over an hour looking at everything and imagining what it would be like to live... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently on a tour bus trip to Philly, we visited Penn's Landing and dined on the Scottish steel hulled ship Moshulu which was built in 1904 . An experience in itself. While we there we visited the exterior of the Independence Seaport museum, it was late afternoon and we didn't have a lot of time but I was amazed to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Maybe it is time for some coultre and interesting photos drawing and minitures rope notes and so much more!!!!

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New Paltz, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

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 26 November 2016 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 16 November 2016 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 6 November 2016 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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