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Address : 211 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Independence Seaport Museum deepens the understanding, appreciation and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, and art, plus experiences on the water. 

Dive into River Alive!, a new exhibit that brings the wildlife, science, and wonder of the Delaware River up close. Raise the sails and discover the history of the U.S. Navy aboard Schooner Diligence and our National Historic Landmark ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna. Observe live demonstrations in the Museum’s boatbuilding workshop and get hands on with science, technology, engineering, and math in our Citizen Science Lab and MakerSpace. Uncover the past with one of the largest maritime art and artifact collections in North America and experience the river with seasonal boat rentals and on-water tours. With so much to explore, Independence Seaport Museum is the premier, family-friendly destination on the Penn’s Landing Waterfront.   

The Seaport Museum was founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum and has become a key component of Philadelphia’s waterfront renaissance. We serve 110,000 visitors annually and are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


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4 years ago
This place is great. The museum is very informative and has nice programs. They do work w area schools and that is so rich. They really contribute to the community. The ships along the river are awesome.
4 years ago
Nice place for the kids and families. USS OLYMPIA was awesome. Would really like to see access further into Captain and Admiral quarters. I would however, recommend bus schedules to be kept here and the staff be able to help with simple directions. Other than that, staff very nice, place very nice.
4 years ago
Admiral’s Tavern, the most historic ship in Philadelphia, has been one of my sister and her (now) fiance's favorite spots since they moved to Philadelphia, frequenting their floating beer garden on the weekends since 2017, and they just got engaged here this summer! The staff there couldn’t have been any sweeter in helping arrange the proposal surprise with a stunning Ben Franklin Bridge backdrop.
4 years ago
Seems what of a cruise ship a bit... you can see how it would be a battle boat... but really it looks amazing inside... almost like an admirals flag ship... restored perfectly though. Very lovely wood
4 years ago
Lots of hands on activities in the museum itself which my 3 year old enjoyed. However, it was a very hot day and we were already feeling the effects of the heat by the time we walked to the Olympia (which isn't immediately beside the museum). It was even warmer on the ship itself and it was also very difficult to navigate some of the narrow, open stairs with a toddler and while holding a baby. If you are bringing a baby, I recommend using a sling or backpack carrier-- you'll want to have your hands free, especially if you need to help a slightly older child! Definitely worth a visit, but try to pick a cooler day.
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Independence Seaport Museum Philadelphia is the collections at the Independence Seaport Museum document maritime history and culture along the Delaware River.


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  •  1 availability Monday: 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
  •  2 availability Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
  •  3 availability Thursday: 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
  •  4 availability Friday: 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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  •  6 availability Sunday: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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