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Independence Seaport Museum

211 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Independence Seaport Museum maintains one of the largest maritime collections in North America, combining more than 25,000 artifacts with hands-on exhibits and large-scale models. In addition to exhibits, the Museum has a traditional wooden boat shop, the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library and a concert hall with sound stage quality acoustics. The Museum also includes two National Historic Landmark ships—the Spanish-American War Cruiser, Olympia, and the World War II Submarine Becuna. Located at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing Waterfront, the museum is open year round.


Summer Camp: With seven themed-weeks and on-the-water opportunities, Seaport Summer Camp offers outdoor boating adventures right here in Philadelphia. Campers will learn about maritime history, science and boating in week-long summer camp sessions. Each week, in addition to all of the fun-filled activities inside the museum or on our historic ships, campers will learn how to row in rowboats build by our own Workshop on the Water, kayak in either single or tandem kayaks with instructors, or paddle around the basin in swan paddle boats. Campers will also receive an introduction to water and boat safety led by trained staff.


Birthday Parties: Celebrate your birthday at the Seaport with a sailor or pirate theme extravaganza! All parties include a scavenger hunt, Museum exploration, private party room, and self-guided tours of the National Historic Landmark Cruiser Olympia and World War II Submarine Becuna.  Parties are available Saturdays or Sundays.

Related Categories: Museums | Summer Camps | Birthday Locations

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