Boatbuilding 101 
Everything you need to know to build your own boat
...in just two weekends!

Learn from the expert craftsmen in Independence Seaport Museum's boat-building shop, Workshop on the Water. This unique,hands-on class takes the new builder through all phases of boat building, including getting the most out of a set of plans, building the backbone, steaming frames, planking, spar-making, interior joinery, and more. While you will not build a boat, each participant will construct the most difficult pieces and learn enough to proceed alone with confidence. All tools and materials are provided. 

Participants must be at least age 16.

Join us for our new Winter 2015 Session!

Saturdays & Sundays, January 31, February 1, 7 & 8

All classes run 9:30 am to 5 pm

Cost: $270 per person for Museum members
$315 for non-members (includes one-year individual membership!) 
Sign up soon, space is limited!

To register, call 215-413-8630 or email groupsales@phillyseaport.org


Introduction to Celestial Navigation

Independence Seaport Museum is offering another round of Introduction to Celestial Navigation! The course takes place over four Saturdays beginning in February, inside the Museum. The session is designed as a practical, how-to course using GPS for offshore navigation with sun sight taking and using a sextant as a backup technique. Subject matter includes: basic concepts of celestial navigation; how to use the mariner's sextant to take sights of the sun; the importance and techniques of accurate time determination; use of the Nautical Almanac; how to reduce sights to establish lines of position (LOPs); and the use of GPS, special charts, plotting sheets and other navigational data for offshore positioning and passage planning. 

This course is offered in partnership with Kingsway Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, the premier nautical education organization in America. 

Join us for our 2014 Session!

Saturdays, February 22, March 1, 8, & 15
All classes run 9:30 am to 4:30 pm


$140 per person for Museum members
$210 per person for non-members

Deadline to register is February 5th. Sign up soon, space is limited!

To register, call 215-413-8630 or email groupsales@phillyseaport.org

To book your tours and classes listed below, please contact Tina Yerkes at (215) 413-8626 or tyerkes@phillyseaport.org