Workshop on the Water

The 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.

See our boat builders in action with the Boat Shop Webcams

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 a 2015 session!  

January 31 - February 1

February 7 - February 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 215-413-8626 or email groupsales@phillyseaport.org                                                                   

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Become a Volunteer!

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Jeff at 215-413-8638 or visit our Volunteer page.