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Historic Ships

Take a step back in time and explore two authentic naval vessels!

Both ships are National Historic Landmarks and are located in the boat basin just south of the Museum.

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General admission to the Museum includes entry to both ships. Admission tickets can be purchased at the ships or in the Museum. Ships are open during Museum hours for self-guided tours, 10 am-5 pm daily. (Last boarding 4:30 pm)

Please note: Ships are not wheelchair accessible and may close in severe weather.

Cruiser Olympia, the sole surviving vessel of the Spanish-American War and the oldest surviving steel warship in the world

Submarine Becuna served in WWII and the cold war and is now available for you to explore.

Special Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Olympia & Becuna

First Saturday of every month, Noon - 4 pm, April through December.

Explore areas of the ships 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, plus take a peek through the sub's periscope.

Must be 12 or older and able to climb steep stairs. Tickets are $15 and include Museum admission. Free for Museum Members.

 

Historic Ship Collections

Along with the cruiser Olympia and submarine Becuna, the Seaport Museum also maintains a vast collection of historical artifacts and records relating to both vessels. The Cruiser Olympia Collection has been inventoried and a collections guide can be found on the Online Resources page of the website.

The submarine Becuna collection, which is not currently processed, dates from the 1940s until the 1960s. The collection is essentially divided into two parts: the submarine's plans and mechanical operations, and the personal accounts and artifacts of those that served aboard her. Accounts and artifacts include correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, oral histories, biographies and ephemera, like menus, ration cards, invitations, and programs, relating to submariner's time on Becuna.

For more information about either historic ships' collection, please contact the Archives & Library. If you are interested in donating historical artifacts and records to the collections, please contact the Seaport Museum's Collection Manager.