Workshop on the Water

Independence Seaport Museum's boat shop, Workshop on the Water, is dedicated to the skills and traditions of wooden boat building and sailing in the Delaware Valley and the New Jersey shore. Visitors to the Seaport Museum can interact with the boat builders as they work on various projects. The Workshop on the Water builds and restores privately owned vessels as well as maintaining the Museum's own boat collection.

Volunteers at the workshop work alongside our professional crew maintaining, restoring and building traditional boats. We have work for all skill levels and are open seven days a week. The easiest way to get started is to simply stop by. You can also call 215-413-8638 or email to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Want to volunteer in our Workshop on the Water? Contact Dave Dormond, Workshop on the Water Educator at or 215-413-8685. 

Upcoming Workshop on the Water Programs: 

Boatbuilding 101
January 27-28, and February 3-4, 2018

Learn the traditional methods of how to build a wooden boat in Boatbuilding 101 at Independence Seaport Museum. The area's finest teaching craftspeople will show you the skills of lofting, mold making, steam bending, stern making, planking techniques, and more, equipping each student with the knowledge and ability to build a wooden boat on their own. 

One of the only adult boatbuilding education programs in the Philadelphia area, the class takes place in our renowned Workshop on the Water over the course of four separate sessions. Maximum capacity of up to 8 students. 

A one-year individual Independence Seaport Museum Membership is included with all Boatbuilding 101 registrations. 

Attendees must be present from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all of the following dates: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Session 1 
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - Session 2 
Saturday, February 3, 2018 - Session 3 
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - Session 4 

Current Museum Members receive a discounted rate of $300 for Boatbuilding 101. Please check your emails or contact our Membership Department at 215-413-8626 or to receive the special promotional code for the discounted rate.