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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
Reviewed July 21, 2012

Today we visited the museum. We had just two hours and it wasn't enough time to see properly the museum and the ships.Museum itself is very intresting, very children oriented but at the same time adults can learn a lot of intresting details about american history and shipping. Parking is in nearby Hayatt hotel 24 dolar, but if you will bring parking card to museum you will receive 12$ discount. Very recomended place for families.

Thank Moriely
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

the location is nice, the whole water front in Philadelphia could be improved. I found more thought went into the gift shop then the museum

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Great little museum--not crowded and very interesting.

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Reviewed July 1, 2012

I visited the Museum, USS Olympia, and USS Becuna all for $12. The Olypmia is wonder and the first modern battleship used in the Spanish American War. It was also used for Teddy Roosevelet's gunboat diplomacy. The Becuna is a WWII submarine. It is very close quarters with lots of steps and extremely narrow passageways in the submarine. The museum concentrated on the anniversary of the the War of 1812, boating in the area, and ship building and preservation. Well worth a look and right next door to my hotel, Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing.

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Reviewed June 29, 2012

For $12, one can tour the USS Olympia, USS Becuna, and browse through the museum. This would still be a bargain if the admission fee was raised because one can easily spend several hours here.

The Olympia was launched in 1892 and was Commodore Dewey's flagship when his squadron defeated the Spanish fleet in 1898 during the Battle of Manila Bay. As one walks around the wooden decks and gazes at the various guns (one even sits in the officer's lounge), he can only imagine what it was like to serve aboard one of these cruisers in the nineteenth century. The officers and crews quarters as well as the messing facilities are open for public viewing as is the bridge. However, the engine room and the main deck are roped off. I have no idea why because I've been on board other naval vessels where these areas are open to the public.

The USS Becuna is a WWII submarine that saw action in the Pacific. Imagine being on patrol in one of these underwater predators and stalking Japanese shipping during the greatest war in history. One can walk through this vessel from the forward part to the after part and very little of it is closed off. Both the Olympia and Becuna are open for self-guided tours only.

The museum is filled with various information and material relating to maritime history. There are scale models of ships ranging from the 1600s to the 1900s. The place has old cannon, a hardhat diver's outfit, and various other underwater devices. One can walk into an area that is filled with the equipment that is on the bridge of a naval vessel. There are several places that are interactive where the visitor can press a button and listen to a narrative. This is quite an educational museum and one can gain a lot of information relating to ships. Last, but not least, there is a gift shop with quite an assortment of items for purchase.

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