Rentals

Host an unforgettable event at Independence Seaport Museum! For more information, contact Dena Rose, CMEP, CMP, CMM, Director of Hospitality at drose@phillyseaport.org or 215-413-8613.  

Appointments are required for tours of event spaces to allow for availability of Museum representatives to assist you. 

Open House
The Museum will host an Open House on Thursday, January 19 from 5-7 p.m. Network with other event planners and see the spectacular event spaces available at the Museum. The Open House is free but registration is required. 

Rental Spaces

First Floor Galleries
The Museum's first floor galleries include two special exhibits representing our commitment to maritime history. The open floor plan is perfect for a cocktail reception or an intimate dinner.  
Availability: Evenings Only 
Capacity: 300 Reception / 100 Seated

Second Floor Galleries
The second floor galleries feature small craft boats native to the Philadelphia region. High ceilings, exposed light and elegant craftsmanship make this gallery an ideal location for a sophisticated gathering. 
Availability: Evenings Only 
Capacity: 150 Reception / 40 Seated

Cruiser Olympia

The oldest steel warship in the world, USS Olympia offers a stylish and classic atmosphere for an unparalleled waterfront experience.

Availability: Evenings only; Daytime availability is negotiable 

Capacity: 250 Outdoor Reception / 150 Indoor Reception / 50 Seated


Ballroom and Terraces
Located on the top floor of the Museum, our ballroom and terraces provide a one-of-a-kind experience. With illuminating views of the historic Delaware River waterfront, the ballroom is a premiere location for weddings, fundraisers, galas or corporate events. 
Capacity: 700 Reception / 400 Seated 
Outdoor spaces may be tented at additional cost.  

Museum Buyout
For large scale events, the entire facility at Independence Seaport Museum can be utilized. With numerous breakout spaces, scenic views and unique galleries, Independence Seaport Museum is able to provide endless possibilities for creative and memorable affairs. 
Availability: Evenings only  
Capacity: 2,000 indoor / 5,000 with outside space 


Facility

Pricing and Availability


Rentals are based on a 5 hour time frame. Pricing and availability are dependent on the size and needs of the client. Only Independence Seaport Museum may quote the facility rental fee to the client and hold it to their discretion to offer and discounts or spaces complimentary. 


Rentals in private areas of the Museum must be between the hours of 9 a.m. - 12 a.m. Any event exceeding the designated time, are subject to additional fees. Events within the public spaces of Independence Seaport Museum must be after hours of operation. The Museum is open to the public 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily but changes to 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  

The facility rental fee includes:  

  • Use of designated rental space within the Museum 
  • Available tables and chairs offered in assigned spaces 
  • Clean facility
  • House Manager and maintenance staff