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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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Ranked #42 of 253 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Philadelphia's maritime museum features interactive exhibits...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I liked entire museum, but exhibitions disasters on the river stood out for me and of course historical cruiser Olympia and submarine Becuna

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Miami
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125 attraction reviews
296 helpful votes 296 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

My husband, a nautical antique collector and avid ship lover, had been wanting to come here for decades, just to see the museum, the ships attached to the museum and to pay tribute to America's greatest and fastest ocean liner the SS United States which is sitting just down the road at a dock in Philly waiting to be saved... More 

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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Just returned after a trip to the Seaport Museum to watch the lighted boat parade. Didn't arrive until 4:30 so had little time to look around since the parade started at five. Now regret stopping in the shop first since my purchase probably supports the museum. Was told that the museum would be open until the end of the parade.... More 

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Weston, Connecticut
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18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We stopped here on the way out of town and were so glad we did! We loved touring the ship and the sub and did a quick walk through of the exhibits. We would be interested in going back to spend more time inside on a future visit.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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226 reviews 226 reviews
40 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

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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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
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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27 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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