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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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Submarine and battleship WWI

Really enjoyed visiting the submarine Becuna. It still had the smell of the fuel and you could clearly see the overcrowding and life aboard this WWII submarine. The explanations... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Really enjoyed visiting the submarine Becuna. It still had the smell of the fuel and you could clearly see the overcrowding and life aboard this WWII submarine. The explanations were brief and concise in the sub. Most guys will really enjoy this and kids will enjoy it alot too. The WWI battleship was luxury in comparison, roomy, at least for... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The museum was quite average and not particularly unique or exciting, however it does have some good information on the history of the Delaware River. The USS Olympia and USS Becuna (admission included in museum ticket) are much more interesting, especially if you've already visited the USS New Jersey on the other side of the river. You can get a... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This museum opens the eyes and minds of visitors from across the US. You learn everything pertaining to maritime activities in general, and on the Delaware River in particular. Outstanding, educational exhibits for all ages. Ties the past to the present. Don't miss it when in the historic part of Philadelphia, such as Independence Mall, Old City, Society Hill -... More 

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

If you have any interest in U.S. Naval history or in any type of watercraft, then a visit to the Independence Seaport Museum is in order. If you've only one day to spend in Philadelphia, then I would recommend that you visit other sites; but if you have a couple of days to spend, then add this site to your... More 

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Canton, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We purchased a combination ticket to see the submarine and ship and then that also gave us the ability to gain entrance to the Seaport Museum. On Sunday we toured through the submarine and ship. Unfortunately we thought the museum was open until 7 that evening but when we arrived at 4:55 we learned otherwise. They close at 5:00. So... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

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

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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