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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, Independence Seaport Museum tells the stories of the maritime heritage of our region.  Hundreds of thousands of visitors have come through our doors for more than half a century to connect to the stories of sailing, commerce, and conflicts and the role that we all play as stewards of the Delaware River Watershed. 

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 so that generations to come can understand the role of water in our lives. 

There are many ways to support Independence Seaport Museum.  Whether it is through a gift to our Annual Fund or as a member, it’s easy to include the Museum in your plans.  Learn about the different options below. 

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


Click here to support us now through a tax-deductible donation.

Or you can call the museum at 215-413-8617 to make your gift over the phone or mail a check (made payable to Independence Seaport Museum) to the following address: 

Independence Seaport Museum
Att. Development Department 
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106 

All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  And remember that some employers may match charitable contributions made by their employees.  Contact your company personnel office to find out how you can take advantage of this generous program.

Additional Ways to Give

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.