group visits


At Independence Seaport Museum, water is the unifying thread, connecting our historic ships, exhibits, and programs so you can discover the history, science, and cultural communities of the waterways around Philadelphia. 

Our group tour options present a unique way to explore the Museum and the history of the city from the water’s perspective.  Whether you are interested in the oldest floating steel warship in the world or the importance of the environment and its impact on local waterways, a visit to Independence Seaport Museum has something for everyone!


Self-Guided Visit: $13 per student; $15 per adult
  • Discounted general admission rate for groups of 10 or more.
  • Provided access to the Museum’s building and the Olympia.
  • Reservations are required to receive the discounted rate and must be made at least 48 hours prior to visit. 
Optional Add-Ons
  • Guided Tour of the Becuna, a World War II-era submarine: $10 per person (student and adult).
    • Due to capacity limitations, access to the Becuna is only offered in a guided tour capacity.


  • Guided Tour of the Olympia, a nineteenth-century cruiser:  Price upon request.


  • Guided Tour of Olympia’s Engine Rooms:  Price upon request.
  • Education Programs: $5 per student.
    • Descriptions of current offerings are below. 
Looking to bring your student group?
The rates above still apply, however for every 10 paying students you will receive 1 free adult.

If you have questions about a group visit or would like to book a trip, please contact us.

Current Programs

KNOT-ical Craft: Rope and Knots

Join us for a 30-45 minute lesson and activity about the history of rope-making in Philadelphia! Participants will learn all about rope and knot-tying while applying STEM principles to their usage on ships. Students will then apply their new knowledge and create a knotted rope to take home!

This program is recommended for all ages and works best for groups under 25 students.

A Sailor’s life: The Ditty Box

What does it take to be a sailor? In this 45-60 minute program visitors will learn about what a sailor’s possessions at sea can tell us about them, the world they lived in, and ourselves! This program highlights the history of Olympia as well as foundational social studies topics.

This program is recommended for middle and high-school aged students and works best for groups under 30 students.

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.