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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
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
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
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.
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
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.
The tour of the submarine and cruiser ship were excellent. As expected, it had many tight spots to maneuver. We are a retired couple and we were the youngest on our tour. For us, the tour was the highlight of the museum. The museum itself...More
Overall this was a pleasant experience. The displays are packed with history and in one case it was very unbearable to visit the negro orange room. It was painful to look at the realness of what my fore parents had to go through and not...More
My boys and I really enjoyed this museum. There are a lot of interactive exhibits. Very well done and clean. The ship tours are nice. The submarine is tight in spots. But would definitely recommend a stop at this museum while in Philadelphia.
My family (wife and two young children) toured this attraction in July 2018. The museum portion is quaint but contains a lot of information. My children enjoyed playing on the ship on the first floor, while I read the displays. Walking through the warship and...More
The ship and sub are the main attractions here; the museum has interesting moments, but also a lot of 'just for kids' exhibits (which would be great if I were 8-10 or had kids that age). Recorded tour on sub costs extra; worth every penny...More