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“Interactive and no crowds”

Independence Seaport Museum
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Ranked #48 of 430 things to do in Philadelphia
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 11 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 the "Tides of Freedom" section that dealt with slavery and segregation on the Philly river front. Best of all, no crowds on a sunny Sunday.

Date of experience: March 2018
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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 quarters (some of the crew even slept in the engine room), the officers dogs and how they compared with the other men. It was fascinating and well worth climbing around in.

Learning about the class system at sea on the Olympia was also very interesting. My young sons were enthralled.

We used our ASTC reciprocal membership for free entry.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 3 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 the Museum. If you have kids who are into these, bring them here, they'll be thrilled to see it for sure.

Date of experience: February 2018
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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 a special treat to be able to see the guns up close and see inside certain rooms and compartments (especially the surgeon’s room, the kitchen and the conning tower - the original term for the battle bridge). The only downside is that I would have loved to explore the engine room and the lower decks.

It was also fascinating to walk inside the submarine Becuna. I have a newfound appreciation for those who serve on submarines after just spending 30 minutes in the cramped quarters.

The indoor museum is also well done but remember to visit the actual vessels which are outside. I would recommend that you budget 2 hours for the trip.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 18 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 complemented the ship. The site is historic, so we were a bit surprised to find the whole place was private and a fee was charged. But it was well worth the visit.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Nutmeg2003
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