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March 2022

ISM was included as one of Philadelphia’s best children’s museums in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s “essentials guide.”

December 2021

This year’s in-person Parade of Lights was featured in roundups by Philadelphia Magazine, Pennsylvania News Today, WHYY, MyChesCo,Visit Philadelphia, KYW, Wooder Ice, and twice by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

November 2021

Independence Seaport Museum’s Difficult Journey Home exhibit was highlighted in Discover PHL‘s exhibits to visit in Philadelphia.

Broad + Liberty highlighted the city’s connection to the Navy chaplain and Roman Catholic High School alumni aboard Olympia during the Unknown Soldier of WWI’s voyage. 

October 2021

The museum’s 100 Years Later: The Unknown Soldier’s Journey Home Aboard USS Olympia was covered by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Tribune, Metro Philly, Pennsylvania News Today, FOX29, WHYY, and the American Legion.

October 2020

Independence Seaport Museum was highlighted as a place to visit in Old City in RENTCafe’s recent blog post.   

December 2019

Parade of Lights was included in roundups by WHYYHoodlineNBC10Metro Philly and The Unionville Times for top events for the week and holiday season.

The SAILOR program was mentioned in an article from Generocity about Fleisher Art Memorial’s Day of the Dead celebration.

Visit Philly included ISM in its guides to the best places to watch New Year’s fireworks and best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids.

KYW Newsradio and Mommy Poppins Philly included ISM in their guides to New Year’s Eve fun.

WHYY included FLOW in its roundup of top images of 2019.

The Philadelphia Inquirer listed ISM in a roundup of places that were open on New Year’s Day.

November 2019

Uwishunu included the Moby-Dick Marathon Reading in its roundup of top activities to do the week of the November 4-10.

The Philadelphia Inquirer featured FLOW artist Miguel Horn in an article about his sculpture in the exhibit.

NBC10‘s Philly Live show featured FLOW in a segment.

Cruiser Olympia was mentioned in an article about Sig Sauer pistols made from her deck wood in an article on The National Interest.

Tours of the Museum and ships were featured deals in a roundup on Hoodline.

The Moby-Dick Marathon Reading was featured as a top thing to do in Metro PhillyThe Unionville Times, and NBC 10.

The Museum and Cruiser Olympia were featured in an article in The Pharos Tribune.

An editorial by ISM President and CEO John Brady ran in The Maritime Executive.

WHYY featured FLOW artist Miguel Horn in an article about fatherhood.

The Museum was mentioned in a Main Line Media article about Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library digitization project.

Parade of Lights was listed as one NBC10’s can’t-miss holiday events.

Visit Philly included Parade of Lights in its roundup of the 40 essential holiday events in Philadelphia for 2019.

PhillyVoice featured Parade of Lights in an article.

ISM President and CEO John Brady wrote an article about Olympia in The Beacon.

October 2019

The Museum was mentioned in an Inquirer article about the DRWC’s Ghost Ship installation.

Seaport Spooktacular: Stranger Tides was included in guides to family-friendly Halloween events from Visit Philly and Philadelphia Family magazine.

KYW Newsradio published a preview of FLOW and included the exhibit opening in a roundup of top things to do over the weekend of October 11-13.

WHYY previewed FLOW and published a feature article about participating artist Stephen Talasnik.

The Philadelphia Inquirer included the opening of FLOW in its guide to things to do the week of October 6 -13.

Uwishunu listed the opening of FLOW among the top things to do in Philly the week of October 7-14 and listed it as a top weekend pick.

The Daily Local News included a stop at the Museum and historic ships Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna in its guide to places to walk around Philadelphia.

Hoodline included the Cruiser Olympia Hard Hat Tour in its weekly roundup of top things to do in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Family magazine included Oktoberfest at ISM in its top weekend events roundup.

Oktoberfest was also included in NBC10‘s weekend roundup.

Uwishunu/Visit Philly included FLOW and Seaport Spooktacular as top picks in its guide to weekend activities.

Metro Philly named Seaport Spooktacular a top weekend activity for families.

The Philadelphia Inquirer included FLOW in its list of the most Instagram-friendly art exhibits in Philly right now.

The Museum was included as a top attraction in a Forbes article about Philadelphia.

Trips to Discover included the Museum as a top attraction for those visiting Old City.

September 2019

SheKnows included the Museum in its article, “The Mom’s Guide to Philadelphia.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer mentioned ISM in its roundup of things to do the weekend of September 7-8, with a nod to the Delaware River Festival.

The InquirerPhindie, and WHYY all mentioned ISM in their guides to the Fringe Festival and included The Sea Voyage, which was staged at the Museum, as a top pick.

The Philadelphia Inquirer included FLOW in its guide to fall exhibits at area museums.

Curbed Philly included ISM in its guide to top places to go with kids in Philadelphia.

ISM was included in roundups about institutions participating in Smithsonian Museum Day, including Penn LiveKYW NewsradioPhillyVoiceMain Line Today, Philly Family magazineMetro Philly and MyPhillyAlive.

The Walnut2Walnut River Challenge was featured in a roundup of River Days activities in The Reporter.

The Philadelphia Inquirer published a feature on the restoration and launch of the Emilio, with background on its namesake and his relationship to the Museum.

Mommy Poppins included Seaport Spooktacular in its roundup of kid-friendly Halloween events in Philadelphia.

August 2019

Submarine Becuna was featured on PCN TV’s “It’s History” series.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) featured the Museum in a blog post about house museums in Philadelphia, with a nautical twist.

The Museum was mentioned in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about on-water activities on the Delaware River. The article also ran in The Morning Call.

Visit Philly included the Museum in its roundup of ways to celebrate Labor Day Weekend. Philly wrote a preview of the River Rise Challenge, an emergency weather hackathon held at the Museum.

KYW Newsradio mentioned ISM in an article about the EverWalk Liberty Walk, which kicked off at the Museum.

July 2019

ISM was included in VacationIdea’s roundup of ‘25 Best Things to Do in Philadelphia with Kids.’

The Museum and Paddle Penn’s Landing were included in Philadelphia magazine’s roundup of ‘6 Places to Find Canoes, Kayaks, Pedal Boats, and SUP Paddle Boards Around Philadelphia.’

Go Philly Go included the Museum in its guide to places to go to get out on the water.

Green Philly wrote a feature about the Museum’s kayaking eco tours.

Delco Deal Diva participated in an Urban Eco Cruise and wrote a post about the experience.

The Museum was mentioned in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about catboats, including one built by Museum President and CEO John Brady.

June 2019

The Philadelphia Inquirer included events like the Battle of Fort Mifflin Cruises and UrbanEco River Cruises with Patriot Harbor Lines in its guide to family-friendly fun this summer.

Generocity and the Council of Maritime Museums featured the Museum receiving a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

Philadelphia Family Magazine featured Breakfast with Butterflies in its roundup of things to do over the weekend.

6abc highlighted Cruiser Olympia in a 6abc Loves the Arts segment.

6abc aired footage from Breakfast with Butterflies in a news broadcast.

PhillyVoice published a feature story about kayaking excursions at the Museum.

Be Well Philly of Philadelphia magazine ran a feature article about the Museum’s kayaking excursions for summer 2019.

The Philadelphia Tribune included the Museum’s Juneteenth event in its roundup of ways to celebrate.

Yahoo News/Hoodline included ISM’s Juneteenth celebration among the top things to do in Philly the week of June 17.

Free Museum Day at ISM was included in NBC10’s guide to Wawa Welcome America, as well as its Tips and Tricks article.

Penn Live included ISM in its roundup of 20 attractions offering free admission for Wawa Welcome America.

6abc also included ISM in its roundup of free museums for Wawa Welcome America.

ISM was included in The Philadelphia Sunday Sun’s roundup of Wawa Welcome America activities.

Yahoo News/Hoodline named watching the July 4 fireworks from the Museum among the top things to do during the holiday week.

Bob Kelly of Fox29 highlighted Seaport Summer Camp in a segment of his Camp Kelly series.

May 2019

 Visit Philly listed Mother’s Day in the MakerSpace in its roundup of ‘Things to Do for Mother’s Day 2019 in Philadelphia.’

Philadelphia Family magazine included Mother’s Day at ISM in its rundown of places to celebrate Mom, ‘Philly Mother’s Day Events (and Brunch!).’

The Philadelphia Inquirer covered the Delaware River Governors’ Leadership Summit, held at the Museum.

The Delaware County Daily Times included Free Museum Day at ISM in its roundup of Wawa Welcome America events.

The Unionville Times included Seafarin’ Saturday activities in its weekend guide.

ISM got a mention in Billy Penn’s list of Philly jobs for Flyers mascot Gritty.

Hopatcong Lake Regional News covered the Delaware River Governors’ Leadership Summit in a feature. included Becuna‘s Birthday Bash in its roundup of things to do over Memorial Day Weekend.

Museum President and CEO John Brady was quoted in a USA Today article about historic ships and Memorial Day. Uwishunu included ISM’s Memorial Day ceremony in a roundup of weekend events.

PhillyVoice listed Admiral’s Tavern in its rundown of where to drink outdoors over Memorial Day Weekend.

KYW featured Becuna‘s birthday in an article about the milestone.

The Philadelphia Inquirer featured photos from the Memorial Day ceremony aboard Cruiser Olympia on the front page. The photos also appeared in a roundup of observations across the country by The Ledger.

Fox29 and CBS3 aired footage from the Memorial Day ceremony during the 5 p.m. broadcasts.

April 2019

Admiral’s Tavern was listed among the “Top Rooftop Bars in Philadelphia” in a roundup by Visit Philly

PhillyVoice wrote a feature previewing Locals Only Beer Fest 2019 with WMGK at the Museum.

Admiral’s Tavern was featured in a post by PhillyVoice, ‘Admiral’s Tavern, floating beer garden, returning for third season.’

James Lancel McElhinney and the “O.T.W. – On The Water: The Schuylkill River” were featured in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine’s article, ‘On the Water: A River Exhibition.’

Admiral’s Tavern was included in Philadelphia magazine’s roundup of area outdoor watering holes, ‘Beer Gardens in Philadelphia: The 2019 Lineup.’

Metro Philly included the Living History Crew’s Commemoration of Manila Bay event in its roundup of ‘10 fun things to do in Philly this week.’’s roundup of ‘The beer gardens to visit in Philly this spring and summer’ included a visit to Admiral’s Tavern.

American Rifleman ran an article about Cruiser Olympia and the Unknown Solider, ‘“Known But To God”: The Unknown Soldier and the U.S.S. Olympia.’

Philly Family Magazine included Be a Maker at ISM in its guide to ‘Family Guide to the Philadelphia Science Festival.’

March 2019

Discovery’s “Impossible Engineering” featured Cruiser OLYMPIA in the episode, “The World’s Greatest Yacht” (around 32-minute mark).

Kathy O’Connell interviewed John Brady about River Alive! on an episode of Kids Corner on WXPN

KYW did a feature on River Alive! for its series, KYW Newsradio At Your Leisure.

The Museum was mentioned in an article from The Philadelphia Inquirer, ‘‘It’s part of our history’: Storyteller leads walk exploring sites from Philly’s slave trade.’

Mommy Nearest listed the Museum in its roundup of ‘12 Family Finds in Historic Philly (Besides the Liberty Bell).’

Blog Coast2CoastWithKids included the Museum as one of ‘20 Family Friendly Places to Explore in Philadelphia, PA.’

February 2019

Metro Philly included Lunar New Year in its roundup of ‘10 Things to do in Philadelphia Feb. 1-3.’

Lunar New Year was a top pick in Philadelphia Family magazine’s weekend roundup of activities for families in its list, ‘High Five! Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: February 2–3.’

Philadelphia magazine included ISM in its list of ‘Nerdy, Cool, and Offbeat Museums Worth Visiting Around Philadelphia.’

Mommy Poppins included Lunar New Year in its weekend roundup, ‘Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Groundhog Day, Museums, Lunar New Year February 2-3.’

Lunar New Year was featured in Phillyfunguide’s list of ‘Top Event Picks for Philly’ for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3.

Main Line Today included the “African-American Women” panel discussion in a list of ‘Over 25 Things to do this February Around Philadelphia’s Western Suburbs.’

KYW came out for the Lunar New Year celebration and featured the activities from the day in its article, ‘Independence Seaport Museum holds Lunar New Year celebration.’

Al Dia previewed the African-American Women panel event in its roundup of events honoring ‘Black History Month in Philadelphia.’

Visit Philly included River Alive! in its guide to “25 Must-See Exhibitions in Philadelphia for Winter 2019” ( and listed ISM in its list of “The 25 Most Popular Attractions in Philadelphia.”

In its guide to ‘10 events celebrating Black History Month in Philadelphia,’ included “African-American Women: Slavery to Freedom” at the Museum.

KYW covered the “African-American Women: Slavery to Freedom” event at the Museum, ‘Seaport Museum visitors get lesson on group often left out of Black History Month.’

6abc recommended a visit to River Alive! in its roundup of where to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia.

Love the Arts, a series from 6abc, highlighted River Alive! with footage and an interview with John Brady. ‘River Alive! breathes new life into the Independence Seaport Museum along the Delaware.’’s Spring Arts preview highlighted The British Mistake and River Alive in its look at events and exhibitions coming to Philly museums, ‘Big shows in Philly museums: Mermaids, Marvel superheroes, Civil War, a peek at Mutter expansion.’ It also featured Submarine Becuna’s 75th Birthday Bash in its section about activities for kids in the spring, ‘Get your kids out of the house (finally) with these springtime activities.’

We Are the Mighty published a feature article about Cruiser Olympia, ‘USS Olympia, the little cruiser with a battleship’s guns.’

The Museum was included in a promo from Lyft, which offered free rides during Black History Month to African-American memorials and cultural sites, including the Tides of Freedom exhibit, via KYW

ISM’s Mike Flynn and the panel speakers involved in the “African-American Women: Slavery to Freedom” discussion were interviewed on Fox29

The Battle for the Ages: Pirate vs. Viking was featured in Uwishunu’s roundup of ‘24 Awesome Things To Do In Philly This Week, February 11-18.’

GoPhillyGo listed Battle for the Ages as a top event pick on its “Explore” page.

6abc covered the Battle for the Ages with a segment, ‘Pirates vs. Vikings Competition at Philadelphia Museums,’ that aired during multiple newscasts.

January 2019

WHYY included the Museum in its list of Philadelphia attractions offering free admission to furloughed government workers, ‘Now showing during the shutdown: Furloughed workers offered free tickets to Philadelphia museums, theaters.’

The Philadelphia Inquirer listed the Museum in its roundup, ‘Here are all the government shutdown deals in Philly’.

ISM’s CEO John Brady and Chief Curator Craig Bruns contributed to WHYY‘s three-part online series, ‘Reviving the River.’

Philadelphia Family magazine included the Martin Luther King Jr. cleanup among its list of ‘Service and Celebration: Where to Spend MLK Day in Philly.’

ISM was listed among the museums open and offering free admission during the government shutdown in PhillyVoice’s guide to restaurants, attractions and more offering deals.

Philadelphia Family magazine included the Martin Luther King Jr. cleanup among its list of ‘Service and Celebration: Where to Spend MLK Day in Philly.’

Visit Philly named ISM’s Martin Luther King Jr. cleanup a top pick in its list of events and service projects during ‘Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend in Philadelphia 2019.’

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day cleanup at ISM was included in a list of service projects in a roundup by Broad Street Review, ‘Film screenings, music, crafts, and cleanups await you this MLK Day in Philly.’

Communication Arts gave a detailed look at the making of River Alive! with an interview and photos from Blue Cadet in its article, ‘River Alive! exhibition design.’

Uwishunu highlighted the Lunar New Year celebration at ISM in its guide to ‘11 Ways To Celebrate The Lunar New Year In Philadelphia.’

Philly Family magazine listed Lunar New Year at ISM in its roundup of ‘Where to Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Philly.’

My Philly Alive also highlighted the Lunar New Year celebration in its roundup of where to celebrate in Philly, ‘Exploring the Chinese New Year Celebrations in Chinatown.’

The Museum’s association with the Aquatic Research and Restoration Center was mentioned in a Philadelphia Inquirer article, ‘Half a million mussels to be hatched yearly at Bartram’s Garden.’

Mommy Poppins listed attending a Seafarin’ Saturday in its list of ‘100 Things To Do in Philly with Kids Before They Grow Up.’

Mommy Poppins also included Lunar New Year, Parade of Lights and New Year’s Eve Fireworks in its annual guide, ‘Philly GoList: What To Do in 2019 with Philly Kids.’

Teatime with Turtles was listed as a top weekend pick in The Philadelphia Inquirer’s roundup, ‘What to do in Philadelphia from Jan. 25 to 31.’

Philadelphia Family magazine included the Teatime with Turtles event as a pick for family activities in its weekend guide, ‘High Five! Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: January 26–27.’

Visit Philly included ISM’s “African-American Women: Slavery to Freedom” panel discussion event in its ‘Guide to Black History Month in Philadelphia 2019.’

Lunar New Year was listed as a top pick in Uwishunu’s guide of ‘23 Things To Do In Philly This Week, January 28 – February 3.’ included the Museum in a roundup, ‘Here Are Government Shutdown Deals In Philadelphia.’

The Museum was also included in Cherry Hill Courier-Post’s roundup, ‘Shutdown: Federal employees get help from South Jersey businesses, Philadelphia venues.’

Cover art and an article about Cruiser Olympia by Seth Bruggeman made its way into the January 2019 issue of The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

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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.