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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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Nice Museum on the River

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 25, 2015
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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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 

Thank LozBristol
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

This is probably one of the most complete maritime museums I have ever been to. My family gained entrance with our 3-day Philadelphia passes to buy time until the ferry could take us across the Delaware to Camden (Adventure Aquarium and BB-62 USS New Jersey). I wish I would have had more time to kill, I could have killed a... More 

Thank BrianC867
New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Really enjoyed visiting the submarine Becuna. It still had the smell of the fuel and you could clearly see the overcrowding and life aboard this WWII submarine. The explanations were brief and concise in the sub. Most guys will really enjoy this and kids will enjoy it alot too. The WWI battleship was luxury in comparison, roomy, at least for... More 

Thank Enriquez
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The museum was quite average and not particularly unique or exciting, however it does have some good information on the history of the Delaware River. The USS Olympia and USS Becuna (admission included in museum ticket) are much more interesting, especially if you've already visited the USS New Jersey on the other side of the river. You can get a... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This museum opens the eyes and minds of visitors from across the US. You learn everything pertaining to maritime activities in general, and on the Delaware River in particular. Outstanding, educational exhibits for all ages. Ties the past to the present. Don't miss it when in the historic part of Philadelphia, such as Independence Mall, Old City, Society Hill -... More 

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

If you have any interest in U.S. Naval history or in any type of watercraft, then a visit to the Independence Seaport Museum is in order. If you've only one day to spend in Philadelphia, then I would recommend that you visit other sites; but if you have a couple of days to spend, then add this site to your... More 

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Canton, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We purchased a combination ticket to see the submarine and ship and then that also gave us the ability to gain entrance to the Seaport Museum. On Sunday we toured through the submarine and ship. Unfortunately we thought the museum was open until 7 that evening but when we arrived at 4:55 we learned otherwise. They close at 5:00. So... More 

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