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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
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We went on a cold weekday in January so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. You can start with the two floors of exhibits in the building then go outside to the ship and the submarine. The exhibit about the enslaving and selling...More
Touring these two vessels was great fun and rich in history. Highly recommend to visitors to Philly or folks like us who live near but looking for something different to do.
After the tours we walked up to South Street.
Not much to do here and definitely, not much direction. There was nobody on the floor helping out as to the different (not many) exhibits. A boat to play in downstairs, however, upstairs, the biggest exhibit was about tattoo's...The kids were terribly bored, waiting around...More
We kind of stumbled on this and boy, was I glad we did. The museum was well done and suitable for all ages. The history of our navy and the impact it has made on Philadelphia and the world was awe-inspiring. I actually had tears...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