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Independence Seaport Museum

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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Independence Seaport Museum Admission
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Independence Seaport Museum Admission
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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 4 weeks ago via mobile

Touring these two vessels was great fun and rich in history. Highly recommend to visitors to Philly or folks like us who live near but looking for something different to do. After the tours we walked up to South Street.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Elizabeth D
Reviewed 8 November 2018

We went as a group of Submarine Veterans so being aboard the USS Becuna was like being on our old boat The USS Bang. The Olympia was also great to see as it was commissioned in 1895.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank IkeCohen
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

Well layed out museum. Situated on 2 floors. Main attractions are the submarine Bacuna and the WW1 cruiser Olympia which are moored adjacent. The Bacuna is the more interesting of the 2.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank michaelgP219MB
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Not much to do here and definitely, not much direction. There was nobody on the floor helping out as to the different (not many) exhibits. A boat to play in downstairs, however, upstairs, the biggest exhibit was about tattoo's...The kids were terribly bored, waiting around...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank ne153
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

We kind of stumbled on this and boy, was I glad we did. The museum was well done and suitable for all ages. The history of our navy and the impact it has made on Philadelphia and the world was awe-inspiring. I actually had tears...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank janetw297
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Visited in September 2018. Museum is nice, but what I came for was the U.S.S. Olympia. I first visited this ship in 1976, and it was great to see it again. Excellently preserved example of what navy life was like around 1900. The ship is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Charles D
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

We were quite impressed with the museum and the Olympia and Becuna. Olympia being the flagship of the great white fleet of Teddy Roosevelt's plan. Glad to see it is still around. A very important piece of history. Becuna was interesting to tour especially navigating...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank BillL1901
Reviewed 18 August 2018

Independence Seaport Museum is on what is commonly called Delaware Avenue. It has a maritime flavour. Unfortunately when we wwere there the staff were setting up a new exhibit, which restricted our access. It's part of the Penn's Landing complex.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Due to the heat, we opted not to do the sub or cruise tours. However, we had plenty to do here. My kids probably spent 30 minutes on the pirate ship playing. The pirate exhibit was highly educational and I learned about why we have...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Princerman
Reviewed 9 August 2018

You take a tour of the building - all about ships and building boats. Then you can go tour an old military ship and a sub. Pretty cool. Its located at Penn's landing and the harbor. The harbor is great.

Date of experience: July 2018
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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.
18 May 2016|
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.