Maritime Day

Join Independence Seaport Museum on Saturday, May 24 for activities inside the Museum based around Maritime Day, an event held on Penn's Landing by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. The activities inside the Museum will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and are presented to compliment Maritime Day outside on Penn's Landing. The Delaware Valley LEGO Users Group will display various maritime-themed LEGO creations throughout the Museum. Visitors can even play with LEGOs and create their own structures!

Also, Dr. Mimi Sheller, Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University and author of Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity (MIT Press, 2014), will present a talk on the special role of aluminum in ship building and design, light packaging and military logistics. The "speed metal" of modernity is having a renaissance today in new technologies on land, sea, and air, but is not without environmental impacts. Learn how our dream of global mobility and speed, represented by iconic achievements like the SS United States, come with a dark side. Did you know that the 1,000 ton deckhouse of the SS United States was the largest single aluminum assembly in history? In all, more than 2,000 tons of aluminum went into the ocean giant, giving it the strength and lightness that allowed it to break the record for the fastest Atlantic crossing in 1952. 

Museum activities are included with regular Museum admission.