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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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Description: 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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Lots of local shipping history

Very well laid out. Displays were detailed and accurate less a few spelling mistakes on the signage. $15 per person includes museum building and tours of a ship and older diesel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Falmouth, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Very well laid out. Displays were detailed and accurate less a few spelling mistakes on the signage. $15 per person includes museum building and tours of a ship and older diesel submarine tied at the pier outside. Allot two hours for the building and 1.5 hours for the pier. All of these venues were clean as were the rest rooms.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I had a tight timeline so I didn't visit the museum, it looked nice enough. I spent my entire time on the sub and the cruiser. The sub was fairly standard issue, you won't find anything new here. The cruiser was awesome. It was very nicely maintained and was a great trip down thru maritime history. A great experience.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

Spent about 2hrs just on the ship and the submarine. The ship is interesting as it's not like a modern war ship with wood panels lining the walls.they also give good access to most areas on the ship.the submarine was the highlight

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

boat and sub were great to tour,wet weather prevented us from going on open deck on cruiser,still good to visit such an old war ship.great

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Took our family here on Easter Sunday. Really nice little museum. Agree that the submarine and boat walking portion was our children's favorite but the museum space was well done and had a lot of information. There is a parking lot right outside of the museum main entrance (wish we knew about that one) that has a similar charge as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We visited only the Becuna and Olympia, not the museum itself. The Olympia was interesting but the Becuna was fascinating. We spent about an hour just on the submarine during our visit on a Sunday and barely encountered any other visitors. The four volunteers on duty were very forthcoming and knowledgable. I could have stayed longer just talking to them.

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Southern Tier NYS
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Independence Seaport Museum had a lot of great hands on activities to keep everyone interested. There were a couple of boats that children could climb into, a fun tattoo display, and people working on building a schooner in the workshop. The employees were very friendly and helpful. The location at Penn's Landing was ideal. We parked in the lot by... More 

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Monroeville, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My wife and I visited here in fall of 2014. It was a fantastic experience for a naval history buff like me. My wife also enjoyed the broader displays showing the history of Philadelphia as a trading and ship-building city. The museum is chock full of great stuff and the wooden boatshop in the back is neat (We talked for... More 

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King George, Virginia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Located 5 blocks from the Liberty Bell near the Franklin bridge. Has the cruiser Olympia (from Spanish/American War) and a WWII submarine. Interior museum has a good mix of hands-on items for kids. A renovation is in progress adding a full scale schooner inside. Parking lot adjacent to the museum (was $15, got $5 refunded when we purchased our admission... More 

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Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We visited the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing for the 6:00 pm fireworks display on New Year's Eve. We watched the brilliant display from their outdoor observation deck. The display lasted about 15 minutes. It was colorful and very impressive, The venue was crowded but very orderly. They handed out party hats, ginger ale, and candy. There was a... More 

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