Field Trips

With concern for the health and safety of our visitors and staff, field trips have been temporarily suspended and new reservations are not currently being made. For any existing reservations, please contact us.

History, art, and science come alive at Independence Seaport Museum! Take a step back in time to when the United States Navy was in its infancy as you walk through our Patriots & Pirates exhibit. Learn about the health and wellness of the Delaware River watershed in the Museum's newest exhibit, River Alive!, and so much more. New this fall, Independence Seaport Museum is offering "Beyond the Exhibit," optional add-ons that have the students diving deep into specific exhibits for a fully immersive experience. With something for everyone, field trips to the Museum encourage kids to think big while still having fun.

Let Independence Seaport Museum do the work for you with our "Beyond the Exhibit" optional add-on offerings. This experience provides the students with both an education program and mini exhibit tour, diving deep into either the history or science behind what they are witnessing. All lessons meet Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware curriculum standards for history and STEAM.

Beyond the Exhibit

Grades K-2 

All experiences up to 45 minutes; $3 per student

Grades K-2 Programs
 Life of a Sailor on Olympia
 River Deep
 Mini Makers

River Alive!**Did you know that 15 million people drink water from the Delaware River? That's 5% of the U.S. population! Learn all about the Delaware River watershed and who lives around (and in) the water with this "Beyond the Exhibit" topic.

All experiences 45 minutes; 15 student minimum, $3 per student

Programs Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12
 Dissecting the Delaware x x x
 Beneath the Surface^ x x x
 What is Water? x x x

History Experiences: Step back in time with Independence Seaport Museum as we explore the history of the Philadelphia region and beyond, starting with the earliest of explorers through a time of treachery and Barbary Pirates, up until the slave trade along the Delaware River.

All experiences 45 minutes; 10 student minimum, $3 per student

 Programs Grades 3-5 Grades 6-9 Grades 9-12 
A Pirate's Life for Me? x    
Building Philadelphia x x  
 Exploring the Region    
 Tides of Freedom: An Exhibit Storybook    x

Ship Experiences: Independence Seaport Museum is home to two National Historic Landmark ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna. Learn about what life was like aboard for sailors as well as the important role both vessels played during critical periods of United States history.

All experiences up to 1 hour; 10 student minimum, $3 per student

Programs Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12

Guided Ship Tours
(includes both Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna) 

x x x
Explosions: When Good Ships Go Bad  
 Target Sighted*    
 WWI: Choosing Sides & America's View    

Young Engineers: It's time to bring out your inner artisan! With programs suitable for students interested in pulley systems (for transportation, buoyancy (for how a boat floats), or Spirographs (made from a 3D printer), there is something for everyone!

All experiences 45 minutes; 10 student minimum, $3 per student

Programs Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12
Art of Spirographs* x x  
Simple Machines Challenge   x  
What Floats Your Boat, Archimedes?

* Limited group size
^ Offered seasonally


- Self-guided visit (includes both the Museum and two National Landmark Historic ships Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna): $10 per person

*Requires a minimum of 10 children to be considered a group
*For every 10 paying students, you will receive 1 complimentary adult

- "Beyond the Exhibit" program add-ons:
River Alive!: $4 per student
All others: $3 per student
*Please note we require a minimum of 15 students to book any program

- Guided Historic Ships Tour add-on: $3 per student
*Recommended for third grade and above

- Lunch space add-on*: $1 per student
*based upon availability


Contact us to book your field trip.

Please note we require at least 48 hours' notice for a self-guided visit and at least 3 weeks' notice for a visit with a "Beyond the Exhibit" add-on.

"Ship-to-Ship" Combo Package

Ahoy! Spend a day on the high seas with a combo group visit to Battleship New Jersey and Independence Seaport Museum. Conveniently located across the Delaware River from each other, climb aboard and submerge yourself in the history of three historic ships: Battleship New JerseyCruiser Olympia, and Submarine Becuna. Interested in underwater robotics vehicles and firing mock cannons? We have you covered! Fancy retracing the steps of sailors from the 1940s-1960s? We have that, too! With guided tours of all three ships, there is something for everyone! What are you waiting for? We will meet you on the water! 

Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna are part of Independence Seaport Museum located on Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. Battleship New Jersey is located across the river in Camden, New Jersey. 


$21 per person for groups of 10 people or more
Please note we require at least 2 weeks' notice to allow for adequate staffing.
Contact us to make a reservation.