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Independence Seaport Museum

Address: 211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: +1 215-413-8655
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The Philadelphia Pass
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Ranked #38 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

I went here while visiting Philadelphia in conjunction with a visit to the nearby cruiser OLYMPIA. The museum was not better than many Maritime museums, but certainly not worse. My one complaint is that their souvenir magnets were more expensive than the same magnets sold at the USS NEW JERSEY gift shop right across the river. I was primarily interested... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This a great maritime museum; there is an active wooden boat building room, the usual historical exhibits, and a particularly good exhibition on the SS United States; the fastest liner of all time. Your museum ticket also gets you discounted kayak hire!

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Minneapolis
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is a fascinating tour of the the sea, the river and shipping. Many exhibits showing models of ship and boats, navigation and history. The best parts, not to be missed are: 1)The man building intricate miniature boats he loves to tell how these boats are made and share his passion. 2) stop by the boat building shop and hear... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This was a great place that I was wanting to visit for years. The USS Olympia was the showcase of the museum, but this review will focus on the museum itself. There was plenty to see, with the history of Philadelphia's maritime history, as well as that in general. I always like the diving helmets, but there was plenty for... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Visited the Independence Seaport Museum recently. It was a wonderful experience. The USS Olympia is a must see. She is the last of the Spanish - American warships. It's a wonderful boat. The tour of the ship is self guided but it is well worth your time. If you are a history buff you will not be disappointed. Also included... More

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

We just saw the Becuna and the Olympia. Never made it into the museum. Olympia is a Spanish-American War dreadnought. We've never seen one from this era. Self-guided tours were thorough and informative for the Olympia. The Becuna is a typical WWII submarine. But it's always mind-boggling to see how submariners lived. We enjoyed this very much.

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Tulsa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This was a fascinating museum filled with information a good exhibits, but the star of the show is the USS Olympia. It was built in 1883 ans served as Admiral Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War! They also have a WWII sub, the USS Becuna. Great place to spend an afternoon!

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Southampton, Pennsylvania
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The museum proper was interesting, particularly the "Disasters on the Delaware" section, but the real stars are the Becuna and Olympia. It was amazing to actually experience, however briefly, the confined conditions that WWII submariners had to endure. Especially when you then contrast it to the Olympia, which seems like a cruise ship in comparison, with it's wood paneling and... More

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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We stopped by the Delaware waterfront park for lunch on our way back from vacation. The park is open from June to August and it's really neat. We figured we'd grab a quick bite, but then stayed several hours. While there, we toured the submarine and then went over to the seaport museum. It was very interesting. The kids had... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A low tech museum that tells the story of the Philadelphia seaport that touches on everything from area survivors do the Titanic, local river disasters, slavery, underwater gear and the like. Everyone will find something of interest. Also included in the standard pass are a tour of a submarine and ship. would not recommend this part of the tour on... More

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