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Independence Seaport Museum

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Address: 211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106-3199
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Philadelphia's maritime museum features interactive exhibits, historic...

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.

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the seaport

nice to visit, sorry it was not open the day we took the bus ride, but the are was a nice stop off point

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice to visit, sorry it was not open the day we took the bus ride, but the are was a nice stop off point

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Springfield, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was in Philadelphia to photograph an exhibit of King Midas artifacts at the Penn Museum and my daughter drove over from her home in Nescopeck to spend a couple of days with me while I was in town. Since I live on the west coast I don't get to see her often so left it up to her to... More 

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Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting! We hope your daughter ended up feeling better and that you'll both get to return sometime to visit the historic ships. More 

Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Definitely visit this museum to get the history of Philadelphia and its nautical heritage. Wonderful for the whole family as there are lots of hands-on exhibits. Fully accessible to those with mobility issues. A wonderful compliment to visiting the USS Olympia and USS Becuna.

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Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting, we're glad to hear you had a great time! More 

Califon, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

The museum itself is very good. Appropriate for kids of all ages and interactive. The highlights are the USS Olympia and the sub Becuna. The Olympia is the oldest steel warship afloat and has an amazing history. It's a beautiful ship and well organized for tours. The Becuna is also very interesting and a fascinating contrast to the Olympia, which... More 

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Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this review

We're glad to hear you enjoyed the historic ships. Thanks for visiting! More 

south jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

The museum was larger then I thought and had a lot of history about Philadelphia's role in the ship building & naval history of our country. Couple that with a tour of the Cruiser Olympia and you have a nice day on Philadelphia's waterfront

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Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and we're happy to hear you enjoyed a nice day on the waterfront! More 

Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

Great museum, but the best part is the WWII submarine. You are able to walk the sub from stem to stern. Plenty of information to read and mechanics to look at. This tour can be done in 10 minutes, but I was able to spend over an hour looking at everything and imagining what it would be like to live... More 

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Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit aboard Submarine Becuna! Thanks for visiting the Museum and we hope to see you again! More 

San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Recently on a tour bus trip to Philly, we visited Penn's Landing and dined on the Scottish steel hulled ship Moshulu which was built in 1904 . An experience in itself. While we there we visited the exterior of the Independence Seaport museum, it was late afternoon and we didn't have a lot of time but I was amazed to... More 

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Independence Se... M, Public Relations Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, responded to this review

We hope you'll get to return to explore the rest of the Museum. Thanks for visiting the historic ships! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Maybe it is time for some coultre and interesting photos drawing and minitures rope notes and so much more!!!!

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New Paltz, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The Olympia Spanish American Armored Cruiser is the main attraction. Oldest steel warship afloat, at least according to them. This is unique as it shows the class difference quite clearly. Luxury wood staterooms for officers and hammocks with a literal footlocker for the ranks. Also coal fired. A must for naval and history buffs. The British have the Warrior but... More 

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Oxford, Mississippi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

A must sea if you are interested in maritime history. A good description of the US Navy and Philadelphia as a shipyard and its role in the country's maritime history and tradition. As a former naval officer and student of history, I was drawn to the Olympia, Admiral Dewey's Flagship which prevailed in the naval Battle of Manila during the... More 

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