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Philadelphia - Independence Seaport Museum

211 South Columbus Boulevard and Walnut Street

Founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum is the region's primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley, and the history of the Port of Philadelphia and the other major urban ports of the Delaware River.

The Museum was incorporated in 1961 and began serving the public with small exhibitions and through the assemblage of a library, archival materials and collections. In 1974 the Museum moved to larger quarters within the Independence Park Historic District. At the same time, the Museum opened the Workshop on the Water - a fully operational boat building facility used for display and teaching purposes - on Penn's Landing, which not only established a strong institutional waterfront presence, but also became an anchor attraction for the revitalization of the historic waterfront area.

A new location on Penn's Landing became economically viable when the City of Philadelphia's Port of History building became available. A $15 million renovation and expansion on the building began in January 1994, and the new facility with increased exhibition, educational, library and storage/curatorial space and an incorporated Workshop on the Water opened to the public in July 1995, renamed as Independence Seaport Museum. In January 1996, the Museum assumed the responsibility for Olympia, Admiral Dewey's famed flagship during his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898, and the World War II submarine, Becuna, both of which are National Historic Landmarks.

Today, the Independence Seaport Museum is an anchor attraction on Penn's Landing, attracting visitors to experience both Philadelphia's heritage and current waterfront. The Museum educates area youth groups through interactive programs in its boat shop, presents changing exhibits in its galleries and hosts visiting ships and events year-round.


Quetta Nyree

Monday, April 2, 2018
I went here to see a play. Walking to the theater was nice with the various pieces of art. It was spacious and the bathrooms were clean. I wouldn't definitely go there again to see the museum itself.

Christine Dalsass

Friday, March 2, 2018
Such an amazing and interactive museum. I expected to spend an hour there and we ended up spending most of the day. My 6 year old loved it and surprisingly I did too. Good balance of exhibits for both kids and adults.

Brian Barnett

Friday, March 30, 2018
It houses an interesting collection of exhibits including a variety of detailed scaled models, as well as the USS Becuna, a nuclear sub, and USS Olympia, a steak and sailing naval vessel, which visitors can actually tour.

Conrad Layson

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Marvelous look at seafarers and their place in history. Interesting exhibits and events. In the heart of Old City.

William Evans

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
Well done displays and the ship tour is great. Parking will set you back 28 bucks so you will have to budget for that. No other options nearby unless you snag a meterd spot on the street.

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