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Independence Seaport Museum Tours

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Independence Seaport Museum
This celebration of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley’s roles in early American maritime trade was originally called the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, built around the extensive personal collection of J. Welles Henderson, a local lawyer and enthusiast of seafaring memorabilia who died in 2007. 

Renovated extensively in the mid-1990s and now set in a large, modern space on historic Penn’s Landing, the Independence Seaport Museum houses several exhibition spaces, a wide array of model ships, historical documents, navigation devices and shipbuilding tools, and a comprehensive maritime library. The museum is affiliated with two National Historic Landmark crafts, both docked nearby on the Delaware River: the Olympia, the late 19th-century flagship of U.S. Navy Admiral George Dewey, and a World War II submarine called Becuna.

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The museum offers several tours for groups of 10 or more, with experiences that include behind the scenes visits aboard the Olympia and Becuna, and explorations of the surrounding docklands; these tours can be accompanied by lunch or dinner (tours vary from $20-50+ per person).  River tours are also offered from May to August in conjunction with the RiverLink Ferry (which provides a 50-minute Interpretive Cruise) and Summer Wind, a 48-foot yacht rigged with Chinese Junk sails. Additional cruises are offered on historic watercraft during the mid-October Old City Seaport Festival. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Address: 211 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106, USA
Hours: Daily 10am-5pm
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Independence Seaport Museum Admission

Independence Seaport Museum Admission

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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.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$18.00
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Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass with Hop On Hop Off Tour

Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass with Hop On Hop Off Tour

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Choose from 1, 2, 3, or 5 days of unlimited sightseeing with the Philadelphia Pass, and cover top attractions like the Philadelphia Zoo or the Eastern State Penitentiary with a single package ticket. The pass is easily downloaded to your mobile device, so you can ditch the complicated vouchers. Explore the city of brotherly love at your own leisure—ideal for tourists and residents alike. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the number of days purchased.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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Go Philadelphia Explorer Pass

Go Philadelphia Explorer Pass

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See some of Philadelphia's top attractions at a discount with The Philadelphia Pass. Select your choice of three, four, five, or seven activities from a list of options and get direct entrance after you save your pass on your mobile device. Use your pass for touring options such as the Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Philadelphia Tour, or for entrance tickets to venues such as the African American Museum, Betsy Ross House, or Philadelphia Zoo. Passes are valid for one year from purchase date and you have 60 consecutive days from first use. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo

Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo

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Explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit 27 of Philadelphia’s top attractions — like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall — on a 1.5-hour loop. Select from a 1- or 2-day pass, then board at any of the 27 stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live on-board commentary. After dinner (own expense), enjoy the city as it’s illuminated for the evening on a ‘Philly by Night Tour.’ Pickup and drop-off from select hotels included.
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  • 2 days
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Philadelphia Double Decker Sightseeing Tour & Campo's Cheesesteak Combo

Philadelphia Double Decker Sightseeing Tour & Campo's Cheesesteak Combo

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This Historical Double Decker Tour & Authentic Campo's Philly Steak Combo allow's you to experience the rich history and legendary sights of Philadelphia with an authentic Philadelphia cheese steak at stop 27 on the tour at Philadelphia's beloved Compo's. Experience local guides that offer live commentary as you travel a 90 minute loop to 28 different stops highlighting Philadelphia's 100 most popular attractions, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the US Mint. Aboard the double-decker bus, a 360-degree view of Philadelphia will leave you speechless and entertained while you soak up the history, heritage and beauty of one of America's oldest cities.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Philadelphia Double Decker Night & Day Tour with Campo's Philly Cheesesteak

Philadelphia Double Decker Night & Day Tour with Campo's Philly Cheesesteak

Get the best of the city by experiencing the top attractions in Philadelphia during the day, and the twinkling lights during the night! Experience local guides that offer live commentary as you travel a 90-minute loop to 28 different stops highlighting Philadelphia’s 100 most popular attractions, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the US Mint. Experience Philadelphia with an authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak at stop 27 on the tour at Philadelphia’s beloved Campo’s. Aboard the double-decker bus, a 360-degree view of Philadelphia at night will leave you speechless and entertained while you soak up the dazzling lit up buildings, history, heritage, and beauty of one of America’s oldest cities in the night. Have the option to Hop on, Hop off during the day! Night tour is not a Hop on, Hop off tour. Night Tour may be operated by Philadelphia Big Bus.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Night & Day Tour of Philadelphia by Double Decker Bus

Night & Day Tour of Philadelphia by Double Decker Bus

Get the best of the city by experiencing the top attractions in Philadelphia during the day, and the twinkling lights during the night! Experience local guides that offer live commentary as you travel a 90-minute loop to 28 different stops highlighting Philadelphia’s 100 most popular attractions, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the US Mint. Aboard the double-decker bus, a 360-degree view of Philadelphia at night will leave you speechless and entertained while you soak up the dazzling lit up buildings, history, heritage, and beauty of one of America’s oldest cities in the night. Have the option to Hop on, Hop off during the day! Night tour is not a Hop on, Hop off tour. Night Tour may be operated by Philadelphia Big Bus.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Independence Seaport Museum hours of operation?
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Independence Seaport Museum hours of operation: Daily 10am-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Independence Seaport Museum tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Independence Seaport Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 6 Independence Seaport Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Independence Seaport Museum 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Independence Seaport Museum costs USD 18.00. Guided Independence Seaport Museum tours start around USD 18.00 per person. See all 6 Independence Seaport Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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