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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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211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106-3199
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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

Thank effervescent03
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 3 January 2018

If you have an interest in nautical history, the history of Philadelphia, or both, definitely don't miss the Independence Seaport Museum! This museum is stocked with displays and items showcasing the nautical history of Philadelphia and the area, and could easily take a couple of...More

Thank Matt S
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

The original listing indicated <1hr. We took longer than that just on the first floor alone. There are so many interesting things to see and read... and the Becuna and USS Olympia (located along the waterfront of Spruce St harbor park) alone would take more...More

Thank MeraKi25
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

I visited the Museum in Nov. Its worth spending time and money to understand maritime history and culture. Especially the two historic landmark ships - The Cruiser "Olympia" and Submarine "Becuna" (OPEN TOUR). Both were used during the world war. First time in my life...More

Thank Rubi K
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

There is a good sense of maritime history here. The USS Olympia from the Spanish-American War is docked here as are dozens of other vessels.

Thank J-Chizzle
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

We were just poking around the waterfront when we came upon this museum. We ended up spending several very enjoyable hours in the building and ships.

Thank CYuhas
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

The museum itself was fun and had enough hands-on exhibitions to keep us busy. Our grandson was disappointed when he realized the submarine was not a "ride." He quickly recovered and just loved both the submarine and the vintage ship adjacent to it. You have...More

1  Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

We only had less than an hour as it closed at 5pm. We paid the $32 for 2 and went right outside and did the self guided tour of the submarine and destroyer that is in the water, pretty cool. Then went back into the...More

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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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