Independence Seaport Museum

211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106- Map It
Phone: (215) 413-8655

AAA Editor Notes

Independence Seaport Museum, on Penn's Landing at 211 S. Columbus Blvd. at jct. Walnut St., depicts the maritime heritage of the Delaware River, Delaware Bay and its tributaries. Visitors can climb aboard the World War II submarine Becuna, a Guppy-1A type submarine that went on missions in the Pacific before being refitted for missions during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and Olympia, Adm. George Dewey's flagship during the Spanish-American War. Guided behind-the-scenes tours are available by advance reservation. History, science and art exhibits examine the area's waterways. In the Workshop on the Water, boat builders can be seen practicing their craft; models, blueprints and replicas of a variety of small watercraft pay tribute to generations of boat builders and enthusiasts. Guided tours are available.
$17; $12 (ages 3-12 and 65+, college students and military with ID). Phone for behind-the-scenes tour times and rates.
Station: 2nd
Hours: Daily 10-5, Apr.-Dec.; Tues.-Sun. 10-5, rest of year (also Jan. 1, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day). Extended hours to tour ships, in summer; phone ahead. Behind-the-scenes tour first Sat. of the month. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow 1 hour minimum.