Digital Resources

The Museum may be proverbially docked for now in response to COVID-19, but you can immerse yourself in our collections and more online activities all throughout the year.

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Dive into Philadelphia's maritime history, the life of a sailor, the beginnings of the U.S. Navy and more by searching our online catalog, anywhere and anytime!

Collections at Independence Seaport Museum span from the 18th century through the present and touch upon numerous topics, from social and economic issues during the nation's founding to the effects of the Industrial Revolution to the Delaware River today.

Learn

Light on Steel on Water

If you haven't gotten a chance to see Light on Steel on Water, the newest installation in our Waterways Gallery, in person, now you can check it out online too! Click here to explore the exhibit.

Online Exhibits

Ever wonder why so many sailors have tattoos? Or who some of the earliest leaders in the U.S. Navy were, even during the Revolutionary War? Explore our online exhibits to learn about the naval origins of tattooing, meet Commodore Richard Dale, understand how the rise and fall of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum altered American industry, and much more.

Digital Lesson Plans

Dive into our exhibit River Alive! and explore the Delaware River watershed, right from your own home! Click here to download our digital curriculum guide for grades 9-12.

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Coloring Sheets

What is stay-home fun without coloring? Download and print these coloring sheets of Cruiser Olympia, butterflies, mussels, and more!

Cruiser Olympia
Fly-fishing lures 
Mayfly nymph
Minnow & Catfish
Freshwater mussel anatomy
Giant Swallowtail butterfly

Build Your Own Olympia!

Want to build your very own piece of history? Straight from our collections we have scanned a paper model of Olympia for you to build at home. This little model was originally printed as a supplement to the Philadelphia Press newspaper in 1896! We recommend printing full color on cardstock or heavy paper but regular copy paper will do. This model can be printed on standard 8.5X11 paper or for a larger size, 11X17.Cut out each piece with good, sharp scissors, paste with plain white glue, and with a little patience you’ll have a fine model of Olympia to proudly display.

*Note, this model can be completed following the original instructions with a straight edged ruler, hobby knife, scissors and white glue. For rolling the funnels and turrets, it is recommended to use a pencil or any other rounded object to roll those pieces.

Click here to download your own Olympia model.