If you are into nautical history, and have seen enough of Revolutionary period history, the Independence Seaport Museum is a must!
It includes a beautiful two story building with facts and artifacts from basically the beginnings of Philadelphia's maritime history to the present day, including beautiful and deeply meaningful displays about the slave trade, European immigration, and it's importance as a shipyard for both commercial and military use.
Another featured display is, of course, about Admirial Dewey and the USS Olympia, his flagship which was so instrumental as part of "The Great White Fleet".
Outside of the museum, is the Olympia, and also the USS Becuna, a World War II submarine.
The admission to the museum covers the self-guided walking tours of both these historic vessels.
It is well worth visiting if you are in the Philly area.
Just an additional note: Although not part of the museum, and just about a mile south at Pier 82 is the SS United States, the once glorious ocean liner, which is unfortunately, possibly nearing its demise. There is a "SavetheUnitedStates" charitable orginization which is trying to save it, but if major funding does not come through soon (possibly as soon as the end of June), it may become scrap. This would be a great loss for US Maritime History.
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