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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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Address: 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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