Everything you need to know to build your own boat
...in just two weekends!
Learn from the expert craftsmen in Independence Seaport Museum's boat-building shop, Workshop on the Water. This unique,hands-on class takes the new builder through all phases of boat building, including getting the most out of a set of plans, building the backbone, steaming frames, planking, spar-making, interior joinery, and more. While you will not build a boat, each participant will construct the most difficult pieces and learn enough to proceed alone with confidence. All tools and materials are provided.
Participants must be at least age 16.
Join us for our new Winter 2013 Session!
February 22-23 & March 1-2
All classes run 9:30 am to 5 pm
Cost: $270 per person for Museum members
$315 for non-members (includes one-year individual membership!)
Sign up soon, space is limited!
To register, call 215-413-8630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To book your tours and classes today, please contact Tina Yerkes at (215) 413-8626 or email@example.com
Honor, Sacrifice and Freedom Tour
A tour of the Philadelphia waterfront memorials. Honor and Sacrifice. Freedom and Courage. New worlds and changed lives. Stroll through historic Old City and the beautiful Delaware River Waterfront with a knowledgeable guide or on your own with a free map to explore Philadelphia's memorials to war heroes, founders and pioneers. Starts at the historic Christ Church and ends at the Independence Seaport Museum where you can discover Philadelphia's maritime history and explore two historic ships, the USS Olympia & Becuna.
Book this as a Guided Group Tour for only $15 per person, or download brochure for a free self-guided walking tour.
Explore Historic Old City
Independence Seaport Museum presents three walking tours ideal for groups. Experience The Birth of American Armed Forces, Benjamin Franklin's First Visit to Philadelphia, or The Real Pirates of Philadelphia as you walk through the historic waterfront neighborhood.
See where the historic Tun Tavern once stood. Walk the streets where a young Ben Franklin walked. Discover where the real pirates of Philadelphia did business. One of the best-kept secrets in Philadelphia!
All tours start and end at the Museum and run about one hour and fifteen minutes. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Tours are available by advance registration only.
First Saturday of Every Month, 12-4 pm from April through December
Visit the Historic Ships' page for more information
Explore areas of the cruiser Olympia, Admiral Dewey's Spanish-American War flagship, and the World War II submarine Becuna, normally off limits to the public. See the Olympia's triple expansion steam engines, boiler room, and working ash hoist, and the Becuna's conning tower.
Must be 12 or older and able to climb steep stairs. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Ships may close in severe weather. Ships are not handicapped accessible.
Not able to make it on a Saturday? Behind-the-Scenes Tours may be booked in advance for groups of 10 or more.
Introduction to Celestial Navigation
Independence Seaport Museum is offering another round of Introduction to Celestial Navigation! The course takes place over three Saturdays in March, inside the Museum. The class is designed as a practical, how-to course using GPS for offshore navigation with sun sight taking and using a sextant as a backup technique. Subject matter includes: basic concepts of celestial navigation; how to use the mariner's sextant to take sights of the sun; the importance and techniques of accurate time determination; use of the Nautical Almanac; how to reduce sights to establish lines of position (LOPs); and the use of GPS, special charts, plotting sheets and other navigational data for offshore positioning and passage planning. This course is offered in partnership with Kingsway Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, the premier nautical education organization in America.
Check back soon for our 2014 dates & registration!