digital resources

Immerse Yourself

Enjoy Independence Seaport Museum from home, with our online collections, activities, presentations, and more all year-long!


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.


Ever seen a chicken bone boat model? Or wanted to learn how to clean a winch? Tune in to our new video series to visit the Collections Corner with Chief Curator Craig Bruns; spend Workshop Wednesdays in The Seaport Boat Shop, climb aboard Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna for behind-the-scenes tours; and more. Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss any new videos!


Help the Independence Seaport Museum make sure our local waterways and environment as a whole stay healthy by using this BINGO card as a guide that outlines easy changes you can make in your daily lives.  By doing this now, it helps preserve our waterways and environment for future generations. 


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! Click here to explore the exhibit. The pieces featured in the exhibit are available for purchase; for more information, contact

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.

What's Sea-Portin'

The port of Philadelphia plays an important role in the import and export of goods around the world. Click here to explore the following presentation for comparisons of U.S. ports and the Philly port on things like top import/export and trade partners. Anything surprise you? Just released, an updated presentation as of May 2020.  Click here to compare to what’s above.

Why Care About the Delaware River?

Did you know any time you turn on your tap you’re using water from the Delaware River? Click here to learn more about how the river serves our community and how you can protect our waterways.

Classy Plankton

How can you tell the difference between phytoplankton and zooplankton? Why are plankton important members of our ecosystem? How do they benefit the Delaware River watershed? Learn how to classify plankton and fill in coloring pages in this fun activity! Click here.

The Museum Honors the 75th Anniversary of V-J Day

September 2, 2020 marked the 75th Anniversary of Japan’s unconditional surrender aboard USS Missouri.  The Independence Seaport Museum collected various submarine facts to highlight the important role they played during World War II.  While these facts (along with videos) were shared on social media, you can see the 8 slide presentation here.

Submarine Becuna

Want to submerge yourself in more history about Submarine Becuna?  Or maybe you want to take a deep dive into her GUPPY conversion or her service post World War II.  Whatever you are interested in we have you covered with this Becuna PowerPoint presentation.  Click here to download.


Bathtub boats made at The Independence Seaport Museum

Bathtub Boats

Have extra recycling piling up? Upcycle the materials you already have at home to create your own Cruiser Olympia and more in our new arts and crafts series, Bathtub Boats! Check back each week for a new project.

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 8.5×11 paper or for a larger size, 11×17. 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.  

Historic Ships Bingo

Gather your crew and answer trivia questions to test your knowledge about Cruiser Olympia, Submarine Becuna and Schooner Diligence with these bingo cards!

For more daily content, follow us on social media at @phillyseaport on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. For video tours aboard Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, tutorials for at-home crafts, and more, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

To support these digital activities and future resources we are continuing to create to bring the Independence Seaport Museum to you, please consider making a gift today.

visit the seaport museum

Immerse yourself in award-winning exhibitions and climb aboard the Olympia, a nineteenth-century cruiser, and the Becuna, a World War II-era submarine.