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The Independence Seaport Museum (formerly the Philadelphia Maritime Museum) was founded in 1961 and is located in the Penn's Landing complex along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The collections at the Independence Seaport Museum document maritime history and culture along the Delaware River. At the museum are two National Historic Landmark ships and the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
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.
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.
Fascinating place that appears to have space for more exhibits. I suspect they have a plan but need more resources of money and volunteers to see it through. The ships are a treasure that I hope the museum finds a way to keep.
For the price of ticket you'll get: 1) museum visit 2) ancient ship visit 3) submarine visit 4) free participation in workshops for children Good place, my children were happy)
Fun place to visit. The museum itself is a little dry, but had some fun kids activities. Walking through the SUB is the best part.
Marvelous look at seafarers and their place in history. Interesting exhibits and events. In the heart of Old City.
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.
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.
A bustling seaport that serves as a museum and entertainment/dining destination for all in the city. The area is peppered with very interesting educational and historical signage. The waterfront is clean and admission passes to the museum will also get you access to some of the maritime vessels anchored along the waterfront.
My students and I saw a production of Romeo and Juliet at the theater. It was clean and welcoming. The staff was friendly and accomodating. Thank you for treating us so well. We look forward to visiting again.
Very COOL Museum!! It has some Awesome Ship models and with the Tickets you can take tour of Submarine and Cruiser OLYMPIA!! Terrific Place to take the kids or if your a big kid at heart like me :) I had a GREAT Time! Plus, Penn's Landing is Beautiful...Lots of things to Eat there and/or just relax on hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park...GO You will have FUN!!
We were pleasantly surprised by this! We wandered along the front from the bus stop at Penn’s Landing, and all had a blast. My kids (8 and 4) were both super engaged with the displays inside (especially the sailing ship replica that kids can play on), and I thought the Barbary history was fascinating. All of us enjoyed the submarine and ship walk-throughs, and it was pretty hilarious to watch my very tall husband get through the submarine doorways.
Very cool museum especially if you're into ships. Hands on area for kids was really nice. Amazing history and craftsmanship on display, well worth a visit if you're at Penn's Landing!
Excellent museum experience. The boat, submarine and museum collectively are a fascinating insight into America’s maritime past. I would emphasize that neither the boat or submarine are suitable for people with any kind of mobility issues. If you are even slightly claustrophobic steer clear of the submarine.
The website lied to us saying that their hours and the ships hours were extended for the 4th of July. However, when we went they told us that the ships closed early. They were uncooperative and quite rude, offering us a 20% discount for admission the next day. When we told them we were leaving they said "Oh, why do you have to do that?". The museum itself was lackluster. There was nothing to capture and engage an audience, unless that audience was 5 years old. I would recommend going anywhere but there if you are on vacation. It's not worth the price.