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Independence Seaport Museum

211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
+1 215-413-8655
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Ranked #38 of 276 attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: Philadelphia's maritime museum features interactive exhibits, historic ships (Spanish American war-era cruiser Olympia and WWII-era submarine Becuna)... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Philadelphia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Worth the trip down to the waterfront. Olympia is very unique, cool hands on exhibits and friendly staff.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Stopped here on a Thursday around Noon. The weather was rainy and that may have kept some people away, as the place was pretty empty. There are a lot of nice displays and boat models to see. The self guided tour of the submarine and old battleship are great. Staff was friendly and informative. The only drawback as with anywhere... More

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WWS2
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

As part of our weekend to visit the Battleship New Jersey and the SS United States, we took in the museum. Really only heard about it from being a member of the SS United States Conservacy, and that the museum was hosting a special summertime display about her. On the first level the museum has a section on Delaware River... More

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Mendon, Vermont
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122 reviews 122 reviews
10 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I visited the museum because they were having an exhibition regarding the SS United States. The museum itself is OK. The exhibits are interesting, but nothing earth shattering. The best part of the museum are the two vessels that you can explore - the Becuna submarine and the Olympia. Both are very interesting, but the Becuna is a must see.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

My dad's a lover of anything boat related so we went here and let me say it was money well spent. Just be careful of what day you go because of school trips (midweek is the worst because of those)

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Cairo, Egypt
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I saw this old ship, the Spanish American war-era cruiser Olympia and a WWII-era submarine Becuna tied up down by the Moshulu (Great restaurant by the way) across the Delaware from the Battleship New Jersey for quite some time. Took a bit to figure out it was a museum but once the family went it was worth the wait. Nice... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We visited this museum during the holiday break and it was a great experience. You can park at the Hyatt hotel parking and it's a short walk. The self guided tour of the submarine and battleship is a must see. The experience of walking thru a submarine was enlightening to us. I think this is better than Philly's cheese steaks.... More

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American Fork, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We walked from Independence Hall to the river, and noticed to our right the Independence Seaport Museum. Too late in the day for a full tour, but we enjoyed e gift shop and spoke with some of the employees.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Some very good exhibits on various aspects of maritime history, including the importation of slaves and immigrants. Great opportunity to tour Dewey's flagship from Manila and a WWII submarine. Well done!

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I went to Penn's Landing to see the ship Olympia and the submarine Becuna. Entrance to the museum is part of visiting the ship and sub. The museum is quite large. It covers the maritime history of the Philadelphia area and more! There is a large exhibit on the U.S. slave trade. Also there were many hands on exhibits. Due... More

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