Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Address
Neighbourhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • 2nd St • 7 min walk
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Jobojoanne
New York117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We didn’t visit the inside of the museum. We did a kayak tour in the Delaware River. We had a great time and learned a lot about the river the ships and Penn.
Written 2 June 2024
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CopCodder
Cape Cod, MA178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A unique experience. Museum was pretty good, but mostly an exhibition of paintings and prints, some maritime artifacts. Good exhibits for kids. Walking through the Olympia was amazing, a trip back in time. Definitely worth a special trip to walk on her decks.
Written 13 April 2023
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Something Tookish
Cheyenne, WY3,672 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I came here for the museum ships, USS Olympia and submarine Becuna. Olympia was built in 1893 and played an important role in the Spanish American war and participated in WWI. Despite her age, it is a beautiful ship, very well maintained with impressive wooden interior. I also paid for the engine tour, worth the look. I paid for a tour of the submarine. It to is well maintained, a WWII era sub, ungraded after the war. The museum is worth the tour but it is a work in process.
Written 30 January 2023
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kdpbball
Clifton Park, NY471 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Due to time constraints, we toured the Olympia, instead of the Museum. We were able to climb up to all decks. This is a very historical ship that participated in the Battle of Manila as Admiral Dewey's flagship. The Olympia was honored to bring the WW1 Unknown Soldier's remains from France to America. There is a site on the main deck where the coffin was lashed down to keep it safe. Imagine the Marines who lashed themselves to fixed supports to survive a severe storm! What a wonderful visit we had aboard ship!
Written 15 November 2022
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Chris M
Pocono Mountains Region, PA470 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Informative and accessible exhibits about the Delaware River and water quality and health. Appreciated the interactive nature of some of them, which were well-suited to kids. Very interesting exhibit on slavery and the role of the harbors and ship-building in the region. A bit pricey but still overall worth the while.
Written 12 September 2022
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Kathleen S
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tour the ships and submarine. It is a must. They are memorable. The tour guides were incredible. The submarine tour has tight quarters but it is so worth it!
Written 22 July 2022
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jerrys01
Bel Air, MD621 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My wife and I toured the museum. We also took the guided tour of the Becuna, a WWII era submarine, and the self-guided tour of the Olympia, which fought in the Spanish American War.

There are a lot of exhibits at the museum. I really liked the ones dedicated to how the US Navy was established after the Revolutionary war due to our battles with the Barbary Coast pirates.

The tour guide knew his stuff about the Becuna. Even though it had been made a little more accessible, you have to be very careful moving from one compartment to another, as the hatches are pretty small. I also appreciated the stories about how bad the Mark XIV torpedoes were.

The Olympia is a pretty large ship. The officers had small but comfortable berths, while the enlisted men slept in common areas on hammocks. The parts of the engines we could see looked pretty complicated.

Figure on taking up to a half-day if you do all three tours.
Written 4 May 2022
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Cori B
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff was helpful and informative when we asked for help. We arrived at 10 am on a Thursday and were the only guests for our visit. It was very nice!!
Written 4 March 2022
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VAReviewer
Virginia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Olympia: The Olympia is a must-see if you are at all interested in what it would have been like to be on the flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish American War. You see the officers' luxurious quarters and the sailors' hammocks; get an idea of the workings of the engine room, the loading of coal, the disposition of ash; all the big and little details of life at sea are noted and documented in a readable fashion. Highly recommended. This ship is huge and takes some time to cover.
Becuna: The tour of the submarine was very well-done, very informative, very complete. Plus, our guide Greg had a depth of knowledge and patience that allowed him to answer every question from every angle. I highly recommend this tour. (Except, not if you have any kind of back issue that makes twisting through doorways uncomfortable, not if you have claustrophobia, and not if you are scared climbing down a nearly vertical ladder. Also I wish I had worn my N-95 mask because of the close quarters.)
Museum: I also enjoyed the museum exhibit on pirates and the founding of the U.S. Navy. Great artifacts of historical period letters related to the founding of the Navy, very cleverly displayed so that you could see the actual letter (in hard to read 18th century faded script) and then read a modern printout of the words. The connections between the history and modern Philadelphia landmarks were also well-done.
Details: (1) Parking is $20, credit card only, and a short walk from the museum. (2) There was no food whatsoever to be found anywhere on the premises; all the food trucks were closed; the gift shop was closed.
Written 4 November 2021
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joans
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
I didn't know what to expect, but I was game to trying it - actually had fascinating displays, and video games depicting some sea events which I enjoyed trying
Written 11 September 2021
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