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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106-3199
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Reviewed 4 August 2017

This is a great venue with good pricing for the whole family to enjoy. Many attractions are covered by this museum and easy to spent a few hours here. Good parking access as well as public transportation. Great for history buffs, families with multi-age children....More

Thank susgames13
Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you so much for visiting!

Reviewed 3 August 2017

Visiting this museum along with the Olympia and submarine was a great way to spend a morning. Highly recommend this very interesting museum!

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

We appreciate the kind words. Thank you for visiting!

Reviewed 31 July 2017

This site was a complete surprise to me. I was under the impression it might be more a children's attraction, but I could not be more wrong! Not only did it have a chronological history of our naval branch of the services; it also had...More

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

We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the Museum, and all the history that is showcased. Thank you for visiting!

Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

I thought providing myself three hours to explore the museum and ships on site would be sufficient. I was wrong, so please allocate much more time to explore everything. I started with the Submarine Becuna and the Cruiser Olympia, and I'm so glad I used...More

Thank moravian99
Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you for visiting and we hope you enjoyed the historic ships. We'd love to have you come back sometime to check out the rest of the Museum!

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We spent about two hours, about half the time in the museum and half in the submarine and ship.
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