Looking for a unique and versatile space for your next event? Located on Penn’s Landing, the Independence Seaport Museum can answer all of your needs to make your event exceptional. Suited for hosting many types of events, we love opening our Museum galleries, historic ships, and facility at large to welcome your guests into an experience they will remember for years to come.

We have various spaces for all types of events, whether you are a planner, party-goer or participant. From exuberant family celebrations to sophisticated cocktail hours, we can tailor our offerings to your rental. Our Museum boasts two floors of exhibits, a large ballroom and terrace, outdoor and indoor spaces with riverfront views, a 400-plus-seat theater, and National Historic Landmark ship Cruiser Olympia, all of which can be used for your event.

Event Types

Whether you are hosting 300 guests or envisioning a more intimate affair, we have the space to make your wedding day perfect. From our ballroom with incredible waterfront views perfect for dancing the night away, to our spacious galleries where you can enjoy and explore, we can tailor your wedding experience to your needs. If you are looking for a truly unique venue, Cruiser Olympia, the oldest steel warship still afloat today, will allow you and your guests to step back in time and become a part of maritime history. 

Corporate Events
Want to impress at your next board meeting? Do you need multiple breakout spaces during your conference? Or are you looking to host your company party in a unique space? Treat your clients or employees to spaces that can accommodate all business needs. ISM’s convenient location on Penn’s Landing next to the Hilton and other nearby hotels provides a perfect base for out-of-town and in-town attendees. AV functionality can be added to all spaces to accommodate your meeting’s needs.

Sea-labrate at the Seaport! With multiple spaces, ranging from our Riverview Lookout to our fourth-floor ballroom, we can accommodate any party size. Whether you are celebrating a milestone birthday, the culmination of a high school career, or a diamond anniversary, look to the Seaport for your special occasion. 

Our theater/concert hall boasts ample seating (500-person capacity), a spacious stage, and a preferred AV provider to make your event shine. Perfect for dance recitals, theatrical or choral performances, competitions, and so much more!


Pricing and Availability

All of our rentals are based on a four-hour timeframe. 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, at our discretion, offer any discounts. 

Rentals in private areas of the Museum must be between the hours of 7 a.m. – midnight. Any event exceeding the designated time is subject to additional fees. Events within the public spaces of Independence Seaport museum must be after hours of operation.

The facility rental fee includes:
- Use of designated spaces within the Museum
- Available tables and chairs
- Clean facility
- Allotted time for guests to walk through the Museum
- House Manager and maintenance staff

Envision your event here at the Seaport by arranging for a walkthrough with one of our experienced staff members. Walkthroughs are by appointment only. We appreciate at least 48 hours’ notice. For more information, please contact us.  



The Museum works with two preferred catering companies, 12th Street and Brulee Catering. Please contact them below for pricing and availability.

Contact Audrey Roth at 215-386-8595, ext. 27 or e-mail:



Brulee Catering

Contact by phone at 215-923-6000 or by e-mail at  


Event Insurance

Events being conducted at the Independence Seaport Museum require insurance.  Please click here to complete the form. 


COVID-19 Updates

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