Independence Seaport Museum

211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 2:00 p.m. (EST)

215-413-8655

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WE WILL BE OPEN FROM 10-2 ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21st, FOR MUSEUM DAY

We’re all about water! Dive into RIVER ALIVE!, a new exhibit that brings the wildlife, science, and wonder of the Delaware River up close. Raise the sails on our pirate ship DILIGENCE as you learn about the history of the United States Navy. Climb aboard National Historic Landmark ships Cruiser OLYMPIA and Submarine BECUNA, and submerge yourself in hands-on exhibits, our Workshop on the Water and MakerSpace. With one of the largest maritime art and artifact collections in North America, Independence Seaport Museum is the premier, family-friendly destination on Philadelphia’s historic Penn’s Landing waterfront.

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WE WILL BE OPEN FROM 10-2 ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21st, FOR MUSEUM DAY

River Alive!
Did you know that 15 million people drink water from the Delaware River? That's 5% of the U.S. population! Dive into all things water as you discover the wonders and challenges of our regional waterways. Want to know how the river connects the wilderness to the city? Play along on our high-tech River Continuum Wall for the answer. Ever see a catfish up close? Now you can in our Fisharium.

Step back in time with Independence Seaport Museum and Fort Mifflin as we present The British Mistake. The British Mistake explores an overlooked by vivid chapter of the British poor handling of the early years of the Revolutionary War. Against all odds, Pennsylvania Navy, Fort Mercer, and Fort Mifflin sustained by Continental and Militia forces held back the British Navy from taking control of the Delaware River for an astonishing 90 days. Their unexpected success led to the destruction of the British ship-of-the-line HMS AUGUSTA, and confounded the delivery of much needed winter supplies, threatening the occupation of the early United States capital, Philadelphia. The Battle of Fort Mifflin set in motion a series of events that turned the tides of war in America's favor.

Discover the city of Philadelphia’s connection to the founding of the United States Navy in Patriots & Pirates, including a full-size waterline model of Diligence of 1797. Climb aboard Schooner Diligence, a stationary 102 foot vessel with masts soaring above a 62 foot deck, constructed by staff and volunteers.

Tides of Freedom
Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River features recently uncovered artifacts from the Museum’s collection, gripping first-person accounts and interactive elements, providing visitors with opportunities for discovery and communication.

World War I: USS Olympia
This exhibit explores Commodore Dewey’s flagship from the Spanish-American War. Cruiser Olympia served military and humanitarian roles in the U.S. Navy into the 1920s. Rare historical mementos from several of Olympia’s crewmembers will be on display, highlighting their experiences and reactions to the war including photographs, an engraved trombone, a diary, and a single dried flower from the solemn transport of the Unknown Soldier home to America in 1921.

Paddle Penn’s Landing’s small boat rentals let you paddle your way around the Penn’s Landing basin in a kayak, rowboat, swan or dragon for the perfect outdoor recreational activity. Located near Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Hilton Penn’s Landing, Paddle Penn’s Landing is a unique afternoon adventure with family and friends or a memorable date with your sweetheart on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

Please note: there is an $8 per person charge to visit historic ships Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna and an $8 per person charge for Paddle Penn’s Landing.

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