Help US Sail into the Future

Independence Seaport Museum helps visitors discover Philadelphia’s river of history and world of connections! From one of the oldest warships afloat in the world to the diary of a merchant sailor in the 1700s, ISM tells the stories of the maritime heritage of our region. For over 60 years, hundreds of thousands of visitors have connected to the stories of sailing, commerce, and conflicts and the role we play as Delaware River Watershed stewards.

As a private museum, library, and archives, we rely upon the generosity of our friends to ensure that the ships keep sailing, the stories get told, and the preservation of our past continues for generations to come.

Ways to Give

Support Us Now Through a Tax-Deductible Donation

By phone:
(215) 413-8617

Mail a check payable to:
Independence Seaport Museum
Att. Development Department
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Additional Ways to Give

A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is like a charitable investment account for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations. When you contribute cash, securities or other assets to a donor-advised fund at a public charity, you are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Popular Donor-Advised Funds include Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable Fund, and Vanguard Charitable.

Double your impact with an employer’s matching gift program!  Many employers will match charitable contributions made by their employees.  Contact your company personnel office to find out how you can take advantage of this generous program.

When you make a gift of appreciated stock, your charitable income tax deduction is equal to the fair market value of the stock.  This is a great way to honor someone on that milestone event in their lives or to support a special project. Download Stock Transfer instructions here.

Reviewing your estate planning needs now can mean leaving a lasting legacy to ISM in the future.  The Office of Development is available to discuss with you the possibilities of bequests through your will, charitable annuities, and charitable remainder trusts, as well as the option of simply designating ISM as the beneficiary of your IRA or life insurance policy.  For more information on planned giving at ISM, please contact Meg Clifton North at or 215-413-8625.

Independence Seaport Museum is an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.  The EITC awards tax credits to eligible businesses that make contributions to Independence Seaport Museum’s educational improvement programs.  To apply for the EITC program, visit the EITC website and download the business application.  To learn more about directing a gift from your business for the EITC program, please contact our development department.

join president's circle

Dedicated supporters whose total giving is $1,000 or more annually receive entry into our high-level donor society.

Click HERE for the full list of benefits and to join.

become a member

Renew your membership or join! Your gift provides us with essential membership dollars and gives you unlimited admission to the Museum, Cruiser Olympia, and Submarine Becuna plus invitations to special programming and events.

Click HERE to join or renew.

The official registration and financial information of Independence Seaport Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID #23-1584971, may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous financial donation.

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.