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Independence Seaport Museum: Tours & Tickets

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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 2 days ago via mobile

The ship and submarine were really interesting and fun to explore. The exhibits in the museum portion were also interesting, though the informational signs could have been more detailed. There were several things I would have liked to have read about that did not have...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum really surprised us. The exhibits are really well done, there's plenty of interaction for kids but that doesn't water down the content for adults. There's so much about the history of Philadelphia and it's relation to the Delaware river that we didn't know...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Paid $10 each, no cafe, couldn’t get the vending machine to take our money or accept our bank card to buy water, and not overly impressed with the museum. Staff seemed disinterested and we felt that exhibits were all aimed at children. Maybe if we...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank U8357BEalisons
Reviewed 1 week ago

My main interest in visiting this particular museum was because the USS Cruiser Olympia is berthed there. America's first Unknown Soldier was brought back to the United States from France on the Olympia after WWI. If I remember history correctly, three Unknown Soldiers were disinterred...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Sailorsgirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very nice area just south of the Hilton Hotel. The park setting has food booths, ships, water views, sitting areas and decent landscaping for an urban park. The highpoint is the collection of three ships. The cruiser i(WWI) s world famous and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 5 September 2019

interesting museum with displays about the history of the US NAVY and its importance also exhibits about the slave trade toured the USS Olympia and the USS Becuna

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank SkiDudeGL
Reviewed 1 September 2019

The museum was okay for the amount of space they had to work with, but the cruiser and submarine were both impressive. Our recommendation would be to tour the vessels.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank ISC624
Reviewed 30 August 2019 via mobile

You get to choose whether you want to visit the museum, the docked ship, or both. I would go with the ship, which is from World War I. You get to see quite a lot of areas, and the written explanations are very helpful. The...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank DrGoldin
Reviewed 29 August 2019

Admiral’s Tavern, the most historic ship in Philadelphia, has been one of my sister and her (now) fiance's favorite spots since they moved to Philadelphia, frequenting their floating beer garden on the weekends since 2017, and they just got engaged here this summer! The staff...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank StephanieHuston
Reviewed 28 August 2019

My husband and I used our CAMM membership (Council of American Maritime Museums) for a reciprocal admission to this museum. Our home museum is the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. CBMM is so well done and laid out and includes top notch displays, so this was...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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4 March 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.
19 May 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.