Exclusive for Groups

Docent Guided Tour of Cruiser Olympia & Submarine Becuna                       

Group Price $9.00 per person. Available for groups of 10 or more.

Descend into a compact weapon of war and see how life onboard submarine Becuna was crowded and dangerous during WWII and The Cold War. Cruiser Olympia is the oldest steel warship afloat anywhere in the world. A part of America’s “New Navy”, cruiser Olympia was launched in 1892, commissioned in 1895 and was the flagship for Admiral Dewey during the Spanish-American War. Explore 2 floors of interactive maritime exhibits within the walls of our museum.


Self-Guided Visit of Cruiser Olympia & Submarine Becuna & Museum       
Group Price $8.00 per person.
Available for groups of 10 or more.

Student Group Add-On Options- add one of the 2 options below to your student self-guided tour to make the most out of your field trip!

Immigration Experience – Step into the immigration process in the late 1890’s, be given a country of origin and travel back in time while experiencing the steerage section, sleeping quarters, “food”, “medical inspections”, and real life stories of Philadelphia emigrants.  Add $3.00 onto Self-Guided Visit per student

Workshop on the Water – Enter into the realm of a boat builder. See the tools, talk to a boat builder and hands on (age appropriate) activities with wood and a take away item.  Add $5.00 onto Self-Guided Visit per student



Gunpowder and Glory
Group Price $500 for up to 5 people. Participants must be 12 or older.

This private tour experience will take a group, of up to 5 guests, aboard the Cruiser Olympia for a real behind-the-scenes tour with an expert, down in her engine room, weaponry systems and many areas not seen by the general public. Guests will finish the tour by firing one of Olympia's six-pounders! Due to the historic nature and care of Cruiser Olympia, the private tour is only available four times each month, so plan in advance. Tour time is approximately three hours.

A portion of the fee goes towards restoration and operation of this National Historic Landmark. Olympia is not ADA accessible. Limit of three blank rounds for gun drill. Contact (215) 413-8626 or tyerkes@phillyseaport.org to book your Gunpowder and Glory tour today.


Take a Walk with Independence Seaport Museum                                             
Group Price $15.00 per person.
Available for groups of 15 or more.

Our guided walking tours begin at the museum and enter into the Old City area of Philadelphia. Topics include: The Real Pirates of Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin’s First Visit to Philadelphia, The Birth of the American Armed Forces & the Honor, Sacrifice and Freedom Tour


Olympia Engine Room: Behind the Scenes and Technology                         
Group Price $20.00 per person.
Available for groups of 15 or more and for ages 12 and older.

Explore the inner workings of the oldest surviving steel warship still afloat! This tour includes an in-depth look at the engine and boiler rooms including a demonstration of working machinery and technical discussions of communications and propulsion technologies.


Rum Punch & Revolution                                            
Group Price starts at $48.00 per person.
Available for groups of 25 or more.

Go aboard our historic ships, Olympia & Becuna, and experience the waterfront's rich history and how it has transformed our country. Then take a guided walking tour through Old City and feast on a fantastic lunch or dinner at the famed City Tavern or The Moshulu, which includes a Rum Punch toast. Plus, a sea captain or pirate just might show up with yarns to tell about maritime life in historic Philadelphia.

2014 Independence Seaport Museum Group Visit Planner
Download this form to begin your group reservation and itinerary planning.
Mail, fax or email this form to:

Independence Seaport Museum
Group Sales Department
211 South Columbus Blvd. & Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Fax: (215) 925-6713
Email: tyerkes@phillyseaport.org


Our Group Sales team is ready to answer your questions and get your groups booked for a memorable visit to Independence Seaport Museum.

Groups, Tour & Travel, Receptive Operator rates, bookings and special group events, please contact (215) 413-8626 or tyerkes@phillyseaport.org.

Education Department, Adult Programs Seaport Summer Camp, contact (215) 413-8630 or groupsales@phillyseaport.org.

Birthday parties, Seaport Slumbers and Scout groups, contact (215) 413-8663 or kburke@phillyseaport.org.