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Independence Seaport Museum

211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
+1 215-413-8655
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Ranked #42 of 288 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: Philadelphia's maritime museum features interactive exhibits, historic ships (Spanish American war-era cruiser Olympia and WWII-era submarine Becuna)... more » 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. « less
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Southampton, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The museum proper was interesting, particularly the "Disasters on the Delaware" section, but the real stars are the Becuna and Olympia. It was amazing to actually experience, however briefly, the confined conditions that WWII submariners had to endure. Especially when you then contrast it to the Olympia, which seems like a cruise ship in comparison, with it's wood paneling and... More

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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We stopped by the Delaware waterfront park for lunch on our way back from vacation. The park is open from June to August and it's really neat. We figured we'd grab a quick bite, but then stayed several hours. While there, we toured the submarine and then went over to the seaport museum. It was very interesting. The kids had... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A low tech museum that tells the story of the Philadelphia seaport that touches on everything from area survivors do the Titanic, local river disasters, slavery, underwater gear and the like. Everyone will find something of interest. Also included in the standard pass are a tour of a submarine and ship. would not recommend this part of the tour on... More

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Fort Worth, TX
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I visited this among other attractions in Philadelphia and found this to be a very significant historic experience. The submarine, Becuna, is the first ship to be visited. If you are highly claustrophobic, there is a way to deviate from the path and continue to the Olympia. Anyone interested in joining the Navy and working on a sub should take... More

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ottawa canada
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65 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

First of we did not get to the museum so this is all about the so and the submarine we explored. First we explored the submarine. It's amazing the cramped quarters and the conditions they must have faced. The torpedo's were huge. So interesting to see everything. The ship was a battleship used in the last 1800's if you can... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I remember going here as a child with my dad. One of my fondest childhood memories. So I just had to take my kids. The Museum itself has been well kept and the exhibits updated. They had a treasure hunt for the kids which helped to keep them interested. Then it was on the the ships. We only had time... More

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I enjoyed my time at the museum - especially seeing the underwater exploration exhibits (I'm a scuba diver). Your ticket for the museum also includes admission to the Olympia (Spanish-American and WWI war ship) and WWII sub. Be prepared to walk to get to the vessels but it's worth the walk.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The museum itself is a mixture of industrial ship models, signage, navigation instrumentation, and the like. I was fortunate enough to visit while there was a special exhibition on the SS United States. Excellent in all aspects. (Please also visit THE SS United States - at Pier 82, south of the museum still on the Delaware River. Rusting away. Viewable... More

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Manahawkin, New Jersey
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I am a military member so I love seeing American military history preserved. At Penn's Landing is the cruiser USS Olympia which defeated the Spanish fleet in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. It is the oldest steel warship still afloat. The inside is so unique because of the time period, a mix of industrial steel, artistic brass and hand... More

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Greenville, North Carolina
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

After the liberty bell and indepence hall is one of the best place where to spend you time with your kids. The museum is very well organized and full of very interesting and stimulating things to see and do. The visit on the cruise boat and the submarine is going to be a great hit. Highly reccomended.

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