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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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Museum Is OK, but the USS Olympia is Fantastic!

This ship is amazing! It is over 120 years old and still looks great! She was a part of the Great White Fleet that circumnavigated the globe in the late 19th century. This was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Were staying in Sheraton nearby and decided to take a walk over to the museum which was unfortunately closed but we walked along the riverfront. The three ships moored here have an interesting history including the Olympia which is the oldest steel warship still afloat. It was Adm. Dewey's flagship at the battle of Manila Bay. The Moshulu tall ship... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Based on both TA and Google reviews, I was excited to visit this museum. We arrived via Phlash bus & immediately I wondered why there was hardly anyone around. Well, the Penn's Landing area seems to be a bust. It was neglected & deserted although there were some landscaping & hardscaping repairs underway. The museum was just OK. Great for... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This ship is amazing! It is over 120 years old and still looks great! She was a part of the Great White Fleet that circumnavigated the globe in the late 19th century. This was Dewey's Flagship at the battle of Manila Bay! These decks heard his command "You may fire when ready" to begin one of the most lopsided naval... More 

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Manalapan, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Kids really enjoyed the museum, especially the real submarine and the ship Olimpia. It was a great experience to see the real-size ships. The museum itself was good, but I was expecting a bit more educational and hands-on for kids. The location of the museum is great, right on the boardwalk and next to the park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Open 10-5, $15 per adult, adjacent parking. Fine exhibits in the building. An impressive effort underway to build a revolutionary war era schooner 100+ feet in length called Diligence. The late World War Two era sub Becuna shows how cramped naval quarters can be. And of course there is also the oldest steel warship still afloat, the armoured (they called... More 

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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I arrived via the Phlash bus to Penn's Landing to visit the museum. As I entered Penn's Landing on a beautiful morning walking down the ramp and seeing the beautiful view and breeze from the river, I made my way to the destination. A nearby walk and benches I took advantage of catching my breath. Well, for 61 yrs. old... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I didn't realize there was a museum like this until I sort of stumbled upon it. This is a great local museum, and shipping really was the bread and butter of Philly, and it deserves its own museum!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Visited the Seaport Museum today. It was a Monday so very quiet and drinks and food vendors outside of the museum were shut, so bear that in mind. Not much better inside the museum - a coke machine that was totally empty and a snacks machine. You can get coffee in the gift shop but there is no cafe. $15... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Very nice museum. Upstairs is a really interesting exhibit about boats - how they float , how wind affects sails, etc. also kids loved seeing a boat being but right in the middle of the museum! Also boat shop in the bsck - guy working there answered tons of my kids questions. USS Becuna - really amazing to crawl around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

East and south of the Market Street (Blue Line) Metro station at Second Street, with a commanding view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, is a phenomenal maritime museum. It is adjacent to the Penn's Landing Hilton, on the Delaware River seaport. The adult admission of $15 rivals that of the fine arts museums, but for those who have an interest... More 

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Additional Information about Independence Seaport Museum

Address: 211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: +1 215-413-8655
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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