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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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A friend told me about this and I am so glad that I went. The actual museum is not overwhelming and would be good for children/families. I enjoyed the old newsreels about the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Lexington, South Carolina

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Lexington, South Carolina
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A friend told me about this and I am so glad that I went. The actual museum is not overwhelming and would be good for children/families. I enjoyed the old newsreels about the development of the docks in Philadelphia and in another room, it was interesting to watch people building a boat. The highlight would have to be walking through... More 

Thank Nextadventure2014
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been at the Seaport Museum at least 2 times within the last three years because my fiance and I had wanted to learn a little history and have fun at the same time. You get to go through the museum and learn all about history ships and boats, you can even watch through a window to see the... More 

Thank Megan H
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I remember touring the Olympia with my mom and dad and Uncle Jerry in 1959 or 60. She's still here and available for tours. The tour is self guided with lots of documentation. You really get a feel for the period of the 1890s. The Olympia is the oldest steel warship afloat but in desperate need of structural repairs. The... More 

Thank Drew K
Westerville, Ohio
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Nice quiet museum. Some hands on exhibits. Museum focused on ships throughout Philly's history. They are currently building a boat right inside the museum so you can watch the progress and smell the fresh cut wood.

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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

There were originally grand plans to rebuild the Penn's Landing riverfront in the 70s similar to Baltimore's inner harbor. Unfortunately, they never fully materialized and the Seaport Museum never reached it's full potential. There was a period when the Penn's Landing area began to attract yachts, celebrities, and fine shopping nearby but this too was never accomplished despite Rock Concerts,... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We spent one hour in the museum and one hour touring the submarine and ship. It is all self paced. The setting on the river is beautiful.

1 Thank Gallivanter2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

It's free and worth a visit if you're nearby. Some decent exhibits and history. I'm not sure I'd make a special trip, but it's pretty cool. Pay for parking of course...it's Philly.

1 Thank Wisertime
Spring Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We wandered in one blustery cool day looking for entertainment and were suprised to learn that admission includes the nearby submarine and retired navy ship.The exhibits are excellent and feature many stories about the river and the men who have worked there, the shipbuilding and, when we visited, and an excellent overview of the shameful history of slave trade. I... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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61 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The museum is an excellent place to drop by, being on the waterfront. It was informative, interesting, and most of all the artifacts and model ships were beautiful. Don't skip the Olympia or Becuna. They're the highlights of the attraction. Also, it's nice to just walk along the river for a while.

Thank MrSaturn64
Hagerstown, Maryland
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124 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

I arrived at 10 on a Saturday morning, just as they opened. I was surprised to find myself the only one (I didn't see another paton) in the museum. It was kind of nice to have the museum to myself. I spent about an hour in the actual museum, which was well laid out and informative. I then went and... More 

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