Tuesday May 17
Open 10am – 5pm

Difficult Journey Home

Graphic for the difficult journey home showing soldiers carrying a coffin shrouded by the American flag

Difficult Journey Home

Event Start Date: May 28, 2021

Event End Date: March 20, 2022

Join Independence Seaport Museum as we honor the Centennial Anniversary of the American Unknown Soldier from World War I's journey home aboard Cruiser Olympia with the special exhibit, Difficult Journey Home.

Comprised of 11 panels, this installation tells the little-known story of how, on its journey across the Atlantic, Cruiser Olympia's captain, crew, and the Marine Honor Guard attachment aboard risked their lives to ensure the Unknown Soldier be delivered safely to Washington, D.C.

Featuring animation by Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and Assistant Teaching Professor Dan Rose, this special exhibit highlights the difficult journey home for the Unknown Soldier and encourages us to ask the question, have we experienced our own difficult journey home in some way, shape, or form? And, how can we support those who might be going through a difficult journey currently?

To learn more about the transport of the Unknown Soldier, including the selection process, what happened during the difficult journey, and more, click the link!

visit the seaport museum

Immerse yourself in award-winning and interactive exhibits and climb aboard the oldest floating steel warship in the world on Cruiser Olympia and submerge yourself aboard the World War II-era Submarine Becuna.