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Independence Seaport Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Independence Seaport Museum Admission
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Independence Seaport Museum Admission
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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...more
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211 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3199
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a cold weekday in January so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. You can start with the two floors of exhibits in the building then go outside to the ship and the submarine. The exhibit about the enslaving and selling...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nemokota
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

Touring these two vessels was great fun and rich in history. Highly recommend to visitors to Philly or folks like us who live near but looking for something different to do. After the tours we walked up to South Street.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Elizabeth D
Reviewed November 8, 2018

We went as a group of Submarine Veterans so being aboard the USS Becuna was like being on our old boat The USS Bang. The Olympia was also great to see as it was commissioned in 1895.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank IkeCohen
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

Well layed out museum. Situated on 2 floors. Main attractions are the submarine Bacuna and the WW1 cruiser Olympia which are moored adjacent. The Bacuna is the more interesting of the 2.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank michaelgP219MB
Reviewed October 10, 2018

Not much to do here and definitely, not much direction. There was nobody on the floor helping out as to the different (not many) exhibits. A boat to play in downstairs, however, upstairs, the biggest exhibit was about tattoo's...The kids were terribly bored, waiting around...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank ne153
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

We kind of stumbled on this and boy, was I glad we did. The museum was well done and suitable for all ages. The history of our navy and the impact it has made on Philadelphia and the world was awe-inspiring. I actually had tears...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank janetw297
Reviewed September 13, 2018

Visited in September 2018. Museum is nice, but what I came for was the U.S.S. Olympia. I first visited this ship in 1976, and it was great to see it again. Excellently preserved example of what navy life was like around 1900. The ship is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Charles D
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

We were quite impressed with the museum and the Olympia and Becuna. Olympia being the flagship of the great white fleet of Teddy Roosevelt's plan. Glad to see it is still around. A very important piece of history. Becuna was interesting to tour especially navigating...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank BillL1901
Reviewed August 17, 2018

Independence Seaport Museum is on what is commonly called Delaware Avenue. It has a maritime flavour. Unfortunately when we wwere there the staff were setting up a new exhibit, which restricted our access. It's part of the Penn's Landing complex.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed August 10, 2018

Due to the heat, we opted not to do the sub or cruise tours. However, we had plenty to do here. My kids probably spent 30 minutes on the pirate ship playing. The pirate exhibit was highly educational and I learned about why we have...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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March 3, 2018|
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Response from michaelbunero1959 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a lot nearby on the riverfront and a short walk over. Also there's street parking available close by.
May 18, 2016|
Response from tcloth | Reviewed this property |
We spent about two hours, about half the time in the museum and half in the submarine and ship.
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
2 days with 5 and 8 year old boys (7 Replies)
We have just booked a quick trip to Philadelphia for this upcoming weekend. This is our first time to the city! We will be staying at the Marriott downtown. Trying to get a schedule figured out! We are just coming from NJ so plan to be there early Saturday morning so looking to plan for all day Saturday and all day Sunday. Want to do things that will keep the kids entertained and not bored! Here's what I am thinking based on what I have read on TA: 1. Please Touch Museum or Franklin...More
May 25, 2011|
Response fromoedipamaas41|
1. I don't have kids, but my guess is that Franklin Institute would be better for that age. My nephew (7) loved it. Unless you're catching an IMAX film there on top the museum, just plan on it taking your Saturday morning. If you get done early, you'll have some bonus time to walk around. 2. Neither take all that much time, once you get your ticket. Independence Hall is a structured 15 min tour. VERY much geared toward the children. 4. Restaurant recommendations are tough unless we know...More
Frisco, Texas
Center City & Penn's Landing food recommendations (3 Replies)
I'll be traveling to Philadelphia during Labor Day weekend and I'm looking for the following food recommendations: - A place to have breakfast in Center City (We're staying at the Loews Hotel) - A place to have lunch at Penn's Landing (We'll be visiting the Independence Seaport Museum.) Thanks in advance! Rebecca
June 09, 2009|
Response fromrocknroll52|
the first one is easy: Reading Terminal Market for the lunch near Penns Landing, there are many choices after you walk back to the Old City neighborhood. There's everything from cheesesteaks to fine dining.
Jenn N
Halifax, Canada
Itinerary Help (10 Replies)
Hi, My husband and I will be in Philadelphia for 4 days in July for the first time. We would like to see as much as possible and tend to get through attractions quicker than most. We have purchased the Philadelphia Pass as it seems to be a much better deal than in other cities. I am hoping people can take a look and see if it is too ambitious or if things would be better paired together on different days. Friday July 15th: arrive from Halifax 4:00pm. Check in to hotel: Hampton Inn...More
May 23, 2016|
Response fromrsgdmd|
You should really give yourself some time to wander on your own. I also think you will have a good bit of overlap on some of these tours. I'm not a big fan of the Duck tours and you're likely to see everything they do on the walking tours.