Field Trips

History, art, and science come alive at Independence Seaport Museum! Take a step back in time to when the United States Navy was in its infancy as you walk through our Patriots & Pirates exhibit. Learn about the health and wellness of the Delaware River watershed in the Museum's newest exhibit, River Alive!, and so much more. New this fall, Independence Seaport Museum is offering "Beyond the Exhibit," optional add-ons that have the students diving deep into specific exhibits for a fully immersive experience. With something for everyone, field trips to the Museum encourage kids to think big while still having fun.

 Let Independence Seaport Museum do the work for you with our "Beyond the Exhibit" optional add-on offerings. This one-hour experience provides the students with both an education program and mini exhibit tour, diving deep into either the history or science behind what they are witnessing. All lessons meet Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware curriculum standards for history and STEAM.

Beyond the Exhibit

River Alive!Did you know that 15 million people drink water from the Delaware River? That's 5% of the U.S. population! Learn all about the Delaware River watershed and who lives around (and in) the water with this "Beyond the Exhibit" topic.

Themes  Grades K-2 Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 6-10 Grades 9-12
 Dissecting the Delaware Mussels Owl Pellets or Plants Amphibians Fish
 Beneath the Surface Make a Mess with Mud & Detritus Classy Plankton Fouling Community - Cloning Bacteria
 What is Water? - Watershed Table Aquatic Acidification  -  Ecology of the Delaware

 Philadelphia Exploration: Step back in time with Independence Seaport Museum as we explore the history of the Philadelphia region and beyond, starting with the earliest of explorers through a time of treachery and Barbary Pirates, up until the slave trade along the Delaware River.

 Themes Grades 3-5 Grades 6-12
Philadelphia History

Building Philadelphia;

A Pirate's Life for Me?

Tides of Freedom: An Exhibit Storybook
Pennsylvania History Early Explorers -

Climb Aboard!: Independence Seaport Museum is home to two National Landmark Historic ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna. Learn about what life was like aboard for sailors as well as the important role both vessels played during critical periods of United States history.

Themes  Grades K-2 Grades 3-8 Grades 9-12
Cruiser Olympia Life of a Sailor Guided Historic Ships Tour*

Explosions! When Good Ships Go Bad;

WWI: Choosing Sides & America's View

 Submarine Becuna - Guided Historic Ships Tour* Target Sighted

*Guided Historic Ships tours include both Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna 

Young Engineers: It's time to bring out your inner artisan! With programs suitable for students interested in pulley systems (for transportation, buoyancy (for how a boat floats), or Spirographs (made from a 3D printer), there is something for everyone!

Themes  Grades K-2 Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8
MakerSpace Introduction to Spirographs Spirographs 1.0 Spirographs 2.0
Early Transportation - - Simple Machines Challenge
Buoyancy and Density - - What Floats Your Boat, Archimedes?


 - Self-guided visit (includes both the Museum and two National Landmark Historic ships Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna): $10 per person

*Requires a minimum of 10 children to be considered a group
*For every 10 paying students, you will receive 1 complimentary adult

- "Beyond the Exhibit" program add-ons:
River Alive!: $4 per student
All others: $3 per student
*Please note we require a minimum of 15 students to book any program

- Guided Historic Ships Tour add-on: $3 per student
*Recommended for third grade and above

- Lunch space add-on*: $1 per student
*based upon availability


To book your field trip, or if you have any questions, please contact Alexis Furlong, Director of Sales and Marketing, at or 215-413-8622.

Please note we require at least 48 hours' notice for a self-guided visit and at least 3 weeks' notice for a visit with a "Beyond the Exhibit" add-on.

"Ship-to-Ship" Combo Package

Ahoy! Spend a day on the high seas with a combo group visit to Battleship New Jersey and Independence Seaport Museum. Conveniently located across the Delaware River from each other, climb aboard and submerge yourself in the history of three historic ships: Battleship New JerseyCruiser Olympia, and Submarine Becuna. Interested in underwater robotics vehicles and firing mock cannons? We have you covered! Fancy retracing the steps of sailors from the 1940s-1960s? We have that, too! With guided tours of all three ships, there is something for everyone! What are you waiting for? We will meet you on the water! 

Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna are part of Independence Seaport Museum located on Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. Battleship New Jersey is located across the river in Camden, New Jersey. 


$20 per person for groups of 10 people or more
Please note we require at least 2 weeks' notice to allow for adequate staffing.
Reservations can be made by contacting Alexis Furlong, Director of Sales and Marketing, at or 215-413-8622.