Invest in waterfront development with your gift to Independence Seaport Museum’s Annual Fund. Your donation to the Museum supports a wide range of engaging cultural and educational experiences that connect our community to the water:

  • Hands-on educational programs that combine history and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) to supplement traditional classroom learning and improve students’ academic performance 
  • Historic ships Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna that preserve our maritime heritage and help tell the story of the U.S. Navy’s founding
  • Exhibits such as Tides of Freedom, Patriots & Pirates and—coming soon—River Alive!, that bring together our vast collection of artifacts with fascinating stories and interactive technology 
  • On-water programs that deepen the appreciation of Philadelphia’s waterways and provide new perspectives on our environment 

Please make your tax-deductible gift to the Museum today. With your support, Independence Seaport Museum can entertain as well as educate, preserve history as well as inspire future scientists, and make our waterfront a destination to remember.

Via credit card online:

Via check, payable to Independence Seaport Museum:

Independence Seaport Museum
c/o Development Department
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Via credit card by phone and for stock or securities transfer instructions:

Michele Blazer, Vice President of External Affairs

For foundation and government grant support:

Ellen Fleurov, CFRE, Director of Development

To submit forms regarding matching charitable donations:

Emily O’Rourke, Assistant Director of Development

Your generous contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The official registration and financial information of Independence Seaport Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID #23-1584971, may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.


Independence Seaport Museum is an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

The EITC awards tax credits of 75 percent of a contribution (up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year) to eligible businesses that make contributions to the Independence Seaport Museum’s approved educational improvement programs. Tax credits can be increased to 90 percent of the contribution if the business agrees to provide same amount for two consecutive tax years.

How to apply

  •           Visit EITC website
  •           Download the business application guide
  •           Complete the Single Application for Assistance by July 1 (May 15 for renewing businesses)

For further information or assistance, contact Ellen Fleurov, CFRE, Director of Development: 215-413-8647 or

For gifts to the Museum's Collections: 

If you are interested in donating a collections gift, please send an image of the object and a brief description to:

Craig Bruns, Chief Curator
Independence Seaport Museum 
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Curatorial gift proposals are reviewed based on a number of considerations, including the object's relevance to the Museum's collecting scope, historical significance, whether or not the object would duplicate an existing artifact, physical condition and storage requirements. Generally, the review process takes up to six (6) weeks. If a gift is accepted, the Museum will issue a receipt and formalized deed of gift to complete the gift process.