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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...more
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211 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3199
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went here because it was included in my PhiladelphiaPass, with the price at the door to get in I would have thought twice. The museum itself is pretty poor, more of a model display with no real thought been put into the layout. I...More

Thank Nick D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When I was visiting Philadelphia this museum isn't one of the more famous ones. However the price was worth it. The inside exhibits are good and give a basic run down. The best part and what makes it totally worth while are the USS Olympia...More

Thank Reed S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went thru these two ships last year, and brought my retired parents back today. They thoroughly enjoyed touring both vessels. It was especially nice that so many people were dressed up in uniforms on the Olympia, telling stories about the history of it. Very cool.

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Reviewed 5 weeks 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

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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

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Reviewed 7 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

Thank SBS20001
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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

Thank SimonOnvacation
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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

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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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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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