Visitor Information

Independence Seaport Museum is your gateway to waterfront fun. Maneuver an underwater robotic vehicle, fire a mock cannon and explore U.S. naval history. Climb aboard two National Historic Landmark ships, the Cruiser Olympia and the World War II and Cold War Submarine Becuna. Visit the Boat Shop to see working boats builders in action. Discover the atmosphere of Philadelphia’s historic shipyards with Diligence, the first indoor gunboat built in Philadelphia. It’s all about water at Independence Seaport Museum - plan your visit today!

Hours & Prices

Winter hours effective 1/4/2016: Independence Seaport Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Exceptions: When a holiday falls on a Monday, the Museum will open to the general public. Examples include: 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 17

Presidents’ Day, February 16

Memorial Day, May 25

Summer Hours: between Memorial Day and Labor Day the Historic Ships will be open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

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Ticket prices include admission to Independence Seaport Museum's galleries and Workshop on the Water, a traditional boat building shop inside the Museum, plus the Cruiser Olympia and the Submarine Becuna

Please note: the historic ships are not handicapped accessible and may close without notice in the case of inclement weather.

$15.00 Adults 
$10 Seniors (65 & over) 
$10 Children/College Students/Military 

FREE for Seaport members and children under 2
   » Learn more about museum membership here

Behind the Scenes Tours of Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna are available on the first Saturday of the Month from April - November. Tours depart at noon, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 and cost $18 per person. Due to steep steps, no children under 12 are allowed on this tour.

Special Offers

$2 off with valid AAA Member Card.

Buy One, Get One Free Regular Adult admission with valid WHYY membership.

ACCESS Cardholders
(on-site only with valid card and ID): $2*
*Present your ACCESS/EBT card and receive Museum and Ships admission for up to four family members at $2 each. (ACCESS/EBT card along with a photo ID required.) Not valid on special events, programs, or with any other offer or group discount. On-site only. ACCESS Admission is a city-wide initiative led by Art-Reach.

Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Click here to learn more about group rates.


Independence Seaport Museum is located on Philadelphia's Penn's Landing waterfront. We are a short walk from the historic district and many shops and restaurants.

Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Septa: Bus routes 12, 21, 21 and by the Market- Frankford Line, 2nd street station

 Patco: The 15th/16th Street station is a short cab ride away

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Adjacent to the Museum is the Penn's Landing Walnut Street Parking Lot. Discounted parking is available with Regular Admission. (Exclusions apply: December 31 and July 4.) The lot is operated by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and prices vary by season. Visit delawareriverwaterfront.com/parking for more details.

On-street metered parking is available on Front Street and surrounding area. Read the signs carefully before leaving your car.

Special Event Parking

During special events, there will be no reimbursed parking. Please see the special event parking page.


Tourist Information

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Independence Seaport Museum is a member of Philadelphia's Historic Neighborhood Consortium, a group of more than 50 attractions within walking distance of the Liberty Bell. For more information, visit beyondthelibertybell.org.

The Philly Phlash is the quick, inexpensive, easy connection to key destinations throughout Center City, Philadelphia.