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Independence Seaport Museum Admission

Independence Seaport Museum Admission
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Climb aboard the oldest floating steel warship in the world, Cruiser OLYMPIA, and explore award-winning exhibits in the Museum's building, as well as the Seaport Boat Shop where you can watch a traditional maritime craft take place!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia features two National Historic Landmark ships — Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna. From the time it launched in 1892, Cruiser Olympia was a rare treasure in the US naval fleet. It is the world's oldest floating steel warship and the only surviving naval ship from the Spanish-American War. Cruiser Olympia served as Admiral Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay, which marked the US emergence as a world naval power. Submarine Becuna launched in 1944 and completed five wartime patrols in the Pacific Ocean. It also served in the Mediterranean and Atlantic during the Korean, Vietnam, and Cold Wars before completing a long and distinguished career as a training submarine. Both ships provide ladders, hatches, and gangways for easy navigation. Elsewhere in the 2-floor museum, there are a variety of exhibits and galleries, a vast collection of historical artifacts and records, plus educational programs, resources, and much more, including a workshop where builders construct wooden boats.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia features two National Historic Landmark ships — Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna. From the time it launched in 1892, Cruiser Olympia was a rare treasure in the US naval fleet. It is the world's oldest floating steel warship and the only surviving naval ship from the Spanish-American War. Cruiser Olympia served as Admiral Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay, which marked the US emergence as a world naval power. Submarine Becuna launched in 1944 and completed five wartime patrols in the Pacific Ocean. It also served in the Mediterranean and Atlantic during the Korean, Vietnam, and Cold Wars before completing a long and distinguished career as a training submarine. Both ships provide ladders, hatches, and gangways for easy navigation. Elsewhere in the 2-floor museum, there are a variety of exhibits and galleries, a vast collection of historical artifacts and records, plus educational programs, resources, and much more, including a workshop where builders construct wooden boats.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 21047P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Admission to the Museum's Building and Cruiser OLYMPIA
  • Entry/Admission - Independence Seaport Museum
Exclusions
  • The listed price does not include parking fees. There are several public parking lots in the area as well as metered spots on the streets. Museum does not own a parking facility.
  • Guided tours of Submarine BECUNA are a ticket add-on and must be purchased on-site.
Duration
1–2 hours
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible within the museum
  • Not wheelchair accessible on two historic ships
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. Ships will close if extreme weather such as snow, ice or high temperatures.
Inclusions
  • Admission to the Museum's Building and Cruiser OLYMPIA
  • Entry/Admission - Independence Seaport Museum
Exclusions
  • The listed price does not include parking fees. There are several public parking lots in the area as well as metered spots on the streets. Museum does not own a parking facility.
  • Guided tours of Submarine BECUNA are a ticket add-on and must be purchased on-site.
Duration
1–2 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible within the museum
  • Not wheelchair accessible on two historic ships
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. Ships will close if extreme weather such as snow, ice or high temperatures.
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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MilwaukeeMom35
15 contributions
Don’t miss the Olympia
Lovely visit, no kids with us so we could read as much as we wanted. I especially liked the calls outs on history, trying it to the sites in Philadelphia. Self guided tour of the Olympia was the best part, if you want to see the whole ship you need to climb ladders or steep staircase. Do not recommend with a stiller, but kids would love the ship.
Written 5 August 2021
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megjohnsonnj
New Jersey17 contributions
Check out the submarine tour. It’s fascinating!
The museum is large and well maintained. Great kids activities as well as exhibits for adults. Highly recommend the guided tour of the submarine Becuna. The guide is very knowledgeable and interesting. The submarine is such a unique offer but the guided tour enriches is especially well.
Written 24 July 2021
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Amanda M
853 contributions
Parking is $18!
Second time here. We came a few years ago and there was a nice gift shop that is gone now. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for kids up to age 17. Parking alone is $18. It ads up.

The check in staff were very friendly.

Only enough to keep you here for about 1 -2 hours
or so.

The ship is the best part and is included with admission.

The penns landing area is dead. Nothing is open.
Written 13 July 2021
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tabhauser
Glen Cove, NY690 contributions
Interesting museum, a must-go if you are into historical ships
Jun 2021
This is a small nautical museum that is worth a look if you are in the area and have seen many of Philly's attractions. It is a place you should put on your list if you are into historical ships though. The USS Olympia, the oldest steel war ship floating is very interesting. I did not know about the Unknown Soldier's journey on it
Written 30 June 2021
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chris k
Winchester, VA430 contributions
Ships; ships; ships
Mar 2021 • Family
A well spaced out museum with plenty of models of various ships - all of which were put together by artisans. I can just look at them for hours. Visitors can also see the USS Olympia, a early 1900’s battle cruiser. That was quite interesting to tour and to note how much the ship had no watertight bulkheads/doors - the era’s Achilles heel in Naval design.
Written 27 March 2021
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Drew S
1 contribution
This is a great activity to bring everyone in the family along. There is something for everyone here,
Jul 2020
I loved the Seaport museum since I was a kid, the slavery exhibit really had me think about my fellow black people history during slavery in old Philadelphiablack people history during slavery in old Philadelphia.

History of many ships sank, wars, and slavery. Upstairs was bare and ship simulation game is less than thrilling. Best is tickets price includes boarding a cruiser and submarine nearby.

A little expensive for a smaller museum however tickets include admission to the USS Bucuna (submarine) and the USS Olympia (know as one of the first US warships that brought the US to the world stage during the Mexican American war
Written 30 December 2020
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Linnea M
Amherst, NH90 contributions
The museum is interesting but the ships are a must see!
I did both the museum and the ships admission. The museum was put together well, and when I was there a gentleman who works on model ships was there which was very cool. Going on board and touring the boat and the submarine was great though and I had fun doing that! If you were going to choose just one I’d definitely recommend the admission to the ships.
Written 3 November 2019
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BMart4
Denver, CO59 contributions
We learned so much
Oct 2019
This museum really surprised us. The exhibits are really well done, there's plenty of interaction for kids but that doesn't water down the content for adults. There's so much about the history of Philadelphia and it's relation to the Delaware river that we didn't know about. You'll find history from before the revolution to more current day ships and the building process. You can do just the museum or add on tours of two ships they have docked on the river which are totally worth your time. We spent a full morning doing the museum and both ships. During the summer there are several food spots and other entertainment nearby, we came just as all of it had shut down and had to walk a bit to find a restaurant for lunch.
Written 6 October 2019
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Sailorsgirl
Springfield, MO5,511 contributions
Tour the Museum Then Board The Ships
Oct 2019
My main interest in visiting this particular museum was because the USS Cruiser Olympia is berthed there. America's first Unknown Soldier was brought back to the United States from France on the Olympia after WWI. If I remember history correctly, three Unknown Soldiers were disinterred from their resting places overseas. Their caskets were placed in a room. A soldier was selected to carry a bouquet of white roses and walk among the caskets and determine which one would be selected as the first Unknown Soldier to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. When he made his decision, he placed the bouquet of roses on top of the casket. I have posted still photos of the process of placing his casket aboard the Olympia and the trip back to the United States.

There is a lot to cover in this museum including the establishment and history of the United States Navy, racism in the military and slavery.

There is a large parking area for the Museum. You can purchase a ticket just for the Museum or a combination ticket for the Museum and the Ships in the harbor. We purchased the combination ticket because we wanted to see the Olympia the Submarine Becuna and the sailing ship. The adult combination ticket is $18.00 and the Senior or Military/Retired Military is $14.00. There are clean restrooms on the first floor and all major exhibits are on the second floor. There is a lot to see. There is also a children's area on the main floor by the ticket counter.
Written 5 October 2019
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SkiDudeGL
Minnesota39 contributions
interesting museum
Sep 2019
interesting museum with displays about the history of the US NAVY and its importance
also exhibits about the slave trade
toured the USS Olympia and the USS Becuna
Written 4 September 2019
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joanstubbs14
joanstubbs14
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unexpectedly fine!
I didn't know what to expect, but I was game to trying it - actually had fascinating displays, and video games depi
Debbie B
Debbie B
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Fun Evening at the Parade of Lights
The museum is very special and I wish I had brought my grand kids. Santa was there and so was a very fun pirate. Bo
PMahdis
PMahdis
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Wait, there were ship tours?
We went in and toured the place. It was okay and reminded me of a few other museums such as the one on the Welland
andijonestn
andijonestn
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Overall a positive experience.
The ship and submarine were really interesting and fun to explore. The exhibits in the museum portion were also int
U8357BEalisons
U8357BEalisons
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Maybe better for children
Paid $10 each, no cafe, couldn’t get the vending machine to take our money or accept our bank card to buy water, an
1234texas
1234texas
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Three really nice ships (one is a submarine) in a riverside park
This is a very nice area just south of the Hilton Hotel. The park setting has food booths, ships, water views, sit
ISC624
ISC624
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Okay
The museum was okay for the amount of space they had to work with, but the cruiser and submarine were both impressi
DrGoldin
DrGoldin
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The ship is great, the museum so-so
You get to choose whether you want to visit the museum, the docked ship, or both. I would go with the ship, which i
John B
John B
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A Nice Museum
This is a nice museum that covers history of the sea. It's in Penn's Landing and it is close to other great places
John F
John F
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The Ships were better than the museum
It was really cool to go on the submarine Becuna (not for large or handicapped people due to tight quarters and all
Maurene_K
Maurene_K
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EXCELLENT WATERFRONT MUSEUM ~ A MUST-SEE
On a full week’s vacation for the Wawa Welcome America Festival in Philadelphia, we took advantage of the free admi
Larry M
Larry M
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Submarine Becuna and Cruiser Olympia
We spent about 4 hours total, a couple of hours in the museum, and a couple more on the sub and cruiser. There is
GPDJES
GPDJES
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Went on Free Day during Fourth of July week festivities.
Took advantage of free museum day as advertised for July 1. Interesting history of Philly waterfront, with ship and
charles b
charles b
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Walking thorugh history
Great value Musemium is nice but being able to walk through a suburime and an old World war one battle ship was gre
anwillner26
anwillner26
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Waterfront park activity
The museum has kid engaging exhibits of river recovery, the underground railroad slave history, ship building and f
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