Celebrate the maritime history of Philadelphia and major urban ports along the Delaware River at the Independence Seaport Museum. Located at the Penn's Landing complex in Philadelphia, the museum houses Cruiser Olympia, Admiral Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay, plus Submarine Becuna, and much more.
Visit the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia
The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia features two National Historic Landmark ships — Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna.
From the time it launched in 1892, Cruiser Olympia was a rare treasure in the US naval fleet. It is the world's oldest floating steel warship and the only surviving naval ship from the Spanish-American War. Cruiser Olympia served as Admiral Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay, which marked the US emergence as a world naval power.
Submarine Becuna launched in 1944 and completed five wartime patrols in the Pacific Ocean. It also served in the Mediterranean and Atlantic during the Korean, Vietnam, and Cold Wars before completing a long and distinguished career as a training submarine.
Both ships provide ladders, hatches, and gangways for easy navigation.
Elsewhere in the 2-floor museum, there are a variety of exhibits and galleries, a vast collection of historical artifacts and records, plus educational programs, resources, and much more, including a workshop where builders construct wooden boats.
Reviews by Viator travelers
We really enjoyed touring the 2 ships...
, Aug 2017
We really enjoyed touring the 2 ships. The museum was very informative.
Where do I start? Of all the places we went during our stay this was by far our favorite. From the exhibits and hands on exhibits for our grandsons 7 and 9 in the museum, along with watching the boat builders work on boats, having one talk with us about the history of the boats, building of them and answering all our questions to getting to tour the submarine BECUNA and the USS Olympia - Just WOW! Well worth the money. The staff were super nice. We all learned something that day! This was right up my son-in-law's alley! Don't miss it!