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Independence Seaport Museum

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Address: 211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: +1 215-413-8655
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Tour a submarine and a ship in addition to the museum

We spent one hour in the museum and one hour touring the submarine and ship. It is all self paced. The setting on the river is beautiful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Baltimore, Maryland

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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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201 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There were originally grand plans to rebuild the Penn's Landing riverfront in the 70s similar to Baltimore's inner harbor. Unfortunately, they never fully materialized and the Seaport Museum never reached it's full potential. There was a period when the Penn's Landing area began to attract yachts, celebrities, and fine shopping nearby but this too was never accomplished despite Rock Concerts,... More 

Thank Marvin G
Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent one hour in the museum and one hour touring the submarine and ship. It is all self paced. The setting on the river is beautiful.

Thank Gallivanter2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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81 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's free and worth a visit if you're nearby. Some decent exhibits and history. I'm not sure I'd make a special trip, but it's pretty cool. Pay for parking of course...it's Philly.

Thank Wisertime
Spring Valley, California
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171 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wandered in one blustery cool day looking for entertainment and were suprised to learn that admission includes the nearby submarine and retired navy ship.The exhibits are excellent and feature many stories about the river and the men who have worked there, the shipbuilding and, when we visited, and an excellent overview of the shameful history of slave trade. I... More 

Thank kenmac1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is an excellent place to drop by, being on the waterfront. It was informative, interesting, and most of all the artifacts and model ships were beautiful. Don't skip the Olympia or Becuna. They're the highlights of the attraction. Also, it's nice to just walk along the river for a while.

Thank MrSaturn64
Hagerstown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I arrived at 10 on a Saturday morning, just as they opened. I was surprised to find myself the only one (I didn't see another paton) in the museum. It was kind of nice to have the museum to myself. I spent about an hour in the actual museum, which was well laid out and informative. I then went and... More 

Thank Mfclingan
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This museum proved to be informative concerning shipping disasters along the rivers and the importance of the port to the city. Especially nice to see was a schooner being built inside the museum! The Lego models are also fun to see, and the gentleman who created them with his after-school students happened to be present to talk about them on... More 

Thank gaminwoman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We stumbled across this museum whilst walking down to the Delaware river front in Philadelphia and were not disappointed. Two floors of indoors exhibits including an interesting exhibition of disasters on the Delaware plus two preserved naval boats in a dock on the river. The Becuna a 1944 submarine that was updated in 1951 to patrol during the cold war... More 

Thank Coyote88
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

beautiful place to hang out in philly.the entire town area with all important building can be visited on a day trip by car.this part is the best in this city

Thank abhasp
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

A small museum with a clear story to tell, this was a treat! Very well and innovative presentation of all kinds of somewhat quirky stories about Philadelphia's harbour history, from disasters to boat building, to slavery - a section that was told with insight, anger and compassion. There is boat building, and built boats - 2 real boats that now... More 

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