Independence Seaport Museum is your gateway to waterfront fun. Maneuver an underwater robotic vehicle, fire a mock cannon and explore U.S. naval history. Climb aboard two National Historic Landmark ships, the 1892 Cruiser Olympia and the WWII and Cold War Submarine Becuna. Visit the Boat Shop to see working boats builders in action. Discover the atmosphere of Philadelphia’s historic shipyards with Diligence, the first indoor gunboat built in Philadelphia. It’s all about water at Independence Seaport Museum - plan your visit today!
Hours & Prices
Independence Seaport Museum is open Monday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: between Memorial Day and Labor Day the Historic Ships will be open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
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Ticket prices include admission to Independence Seaport Museum's galleries and Workshop on the Water, a traditional boat building shop inside the Museum, plus the Spanish-American War Cruiser Olympia and the World War II and Cold War Submarine Becuna.
Please note: the historic ships are not handicapped accessible and may close without notice in the case of inclement weather.
$10 Seniors (65 & over)
$10 Children/College Students/Military
FREE for Seaport members and children under 2
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Behind the Scenes Tours of Olympia and Becuna are available on the first Saturday of the Month from April - November. Tours depart at noon, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 and cost $18 per person. Due to steep steps no children under 12 are allowed on this tour.
$2 off with valid AAA Member Card.
Buy One, Get One Free Regular Adult admission with valid WHYY membership.
ACCESS Cardholders(on-site only with valid card and ID): $2*
*Present your ACCESS/EBT card and receive Museum and Ships admission for up to four family members at $2 each. (ACCESS/EBT card along with a photo ID required.) Not valid on special events, programs, or with any other offer or group discount. On-site only. ACCESS Admission is a city-wide initiative led by Art-Reach.
Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Click here to learn more about group rates.
Independence Seaport Museum is located on Philadelphia's Penn's Landing waterfront. We are a short walk from the historic district and many shops and restaurants.
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Septa: Bus routes 12, 21, 21 and by the Market- Frankford Line, 2nd street station
Patco: The 15th/16th Street station is a short cab ride away
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Parking is available directly adjacent to the Museum in the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation public parking lot. The lot prices vary by season. The automated parking lot accepts cash and credit cards. Present your parking receipt to the Museum's visitor services desk when purchasing admission to receive a discounted parking rebate, which reduces your parking cost to $10 per car.
Abundant metered street parking is available on Front Street and the surrounding area. Please remember to read parking signs and obey parking restrictions.
Special Event Parking
During special events, there will be no reimbursed parking. Please see the special event parking page.
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Independence Seaport Museum is a member of Philadelphia's Historic Neighborhood Consortium, a group of more than 50 attractions within walking distance of the Liberty Bell. For more information, visit beyondthelibertybell.org.
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