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Independence Seaport Museum

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Address: 211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106-3199
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+1 215-413-8655
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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This was a great place that I was wanting to visit for years. The USS Olympia was the showcase of the museum, but this review will focus on the museum itself. There was plenty... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2014
Marc C
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed October 14, 2014

This was a great place that I was wanting to visit for years. The USS Olympia was the showcase of the museum, but this review will focus on the museum itself. There was plenty to see, with the history of Philadelphia's maritime history, as well as that in general. I always like the diving helmets, but there was plenty for... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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Reviewed October 11, 2014

Visited the Independence Seaport Museum recently. It was a wonderful experience. The USS Olympia is a must see. She is the last of the Spanish - American warships. It's a wonderful boat. The tour of the ship is self guided but it is well worth your time. If you are a history buff you will not be disappointed. Also included... More 

Thank zebrasky
Plymouth, Minnesota
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Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

We just saw the Becuna and the Olympia. Never made it into the museum. Olympia is a Spanish-American War dreadnought. We've never seen one from this era. Self-guided tours were thorough and informative for the Olympia. The Becuna is a typical WWII submarine. But it's always mind-boggling to see how submariners lived. We enjoyed this very much.

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Reviewed October 2, 2014

This was a fascinating museum filled with information a good exhibits, but the star of the show is the USS Olympia. It was built in 1883 ans served as Admiral Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War! They also have a WWII sub, the USS Becuna. Great place to spend an afternoon!

Thank Bruce P
Southampton, Pennsylvania
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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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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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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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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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Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

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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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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