Get connected to Philadelphia’s rivers and watershed – explore the city’s maritime history and culture at the Independence Seaport Museum, located right near the action along the Delaware River on the historic Penn’s Landing – just a short distance from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
From commercial shipping and shipbuilding to navigation, immigration, defense, outdoor recreation, the environment, pirates, and underwater exploration, the museum is a hands-on way to learn all about the region’s maritime heritage and the important role it played in shaping the history of Philadelphia and beyond.
In the galleries, you’ll get to explore lots of family-oriented interactive exhibits, learn about different ship models, see over 1,000 artifacts and works of art, and more. Watch a wooden boat being built in the boat shop, climb on board and tour two National Historic Landmarks: Admiral Dewey’s 1892 cruiser OLYMPIA and the WWII submarine BECUNA, and experience the history of the US Navy as you climb aboard the life-size model Schooner Diligence.
Founded in 1960 as a key component in Philadelphia’s waterfront renaissance, the Independence Seaport Museum is one of the largest maritime art and artifact collections in North America and offers visitors a comprehensive examination of local and regional maritime history with an emphasis on the Port of Philadelphia.
What to expect:
The Philadelphia Pass gets you free General Admission tickets to the Independence Seaport Museum’s galleries, Workshop on the Water, and the National Historic Landmark Ships: Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna.