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Independence Seaport Museum: Philly's Maritime Heritage 

Sail over to Penn's Landing waterfront and hop aboard seafaring vessels, schooners, and historic ships at this interactive museum exploring Philadelphia's maritime heritage. Explore the history of the US Navy; visit World War II submarines, Olympia and Becuna, experience live demonstrations and workshops, and tour one of the most extensive collections of maritime art and artifacts. When weather permits, take advantage of the seasonal boat rentals on the Delaware River. Founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, this family-friendly destination is dedicated to exploring the maritime history of the Delaware River, the Delaware Bay, and tributaries.


Hours - 

Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm
Extended Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day) for Historic Ships: Thursday - Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm 
Winter Hours (January through March, except holidays): Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm

Admission -

Adults: $17; Seniors (65 & over): $12; Children (3-12), College Students, or Military: $12; 
Children (2 & under): Free; Members: Free


  • Seafarin' Saturday
  • Walnut2Walnut Challenge
  • Sail Philadelphia Gala
  • Parade of Lights
  • Memorial Day Celebration
  • Lunar New Year


  • Tours
  • Special Events
  • Canoe/kayak
  • Shopping
  • Summer Camp
  • Workshops & Classes


  • Can I host private events at the Independence Seaport Museum?

    Yes, the Independence Seaport Museum offers the perfect place to host an unforgettable event.  With private rooms, galleries, a theater and concert hall, plan a special event on the water in Philadelphia. Rentals are based on a 4-hour time frame and can accommodate up to 500 guests in a venue, or up to 5000 for an entire museum buyout with catering.
  • Do you need experience or a boat license to rent a boat?

    No, visitors don't need any license or experience to paddle around Penn’s Landing. Rent a swan boat, rowboats, or kayaks and have fun exploring Philadelphia by sea. Rental fees are $8 per person, and all rentals are on a first-come, first served basis. Photo ID's are required for all rentals, and the minimum age is six years old.

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