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Discover Philadelphia’s Independence Seaport Museum

Ships on Exhibit at the Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum
Ships on Exhibit at the Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum
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Current Exhibits Philadelphia’s Independence Seaport Museum

Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum is a fun and educational destination for the entire family. Highlighting the region's maritime heritage, the museum is home to the Spanish-American War Cruiser Olympia and World War II Submarine Becuna, both National Historic Landmarks. Its galleries hoar tours and educational programs, a wooden boat shop, a library and archive, Concert Hall and Museum shop. The Museum also holds special events throughout out the year, ranging from exhibits and lectures to a New Year's Eve Gala. Here are some of the ongoing exhibitions.

Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River features recently uncovered artifacts from the Museum's collection, via first-person accounts and interactive exhibits. The eras of Enslavement, Emancipation, Jim Crow and Civil Rights are explored in relation to Philadelphia’s history.

Disasters on the Delaware: Rescues on the River: Newspaper headlines, historical prints record and memorialize these marine catastrophes. Visitors receive a free 20-page tabloid keepsake which includes more details and illustrations about the featured incidents.

Titanic Philadelphians: More than 40 Philadelphians sailed on the Titanic on its fated maiden voyage. The reports and stories of the survivors are told in this exhibit.

Olympia: Launching The American Century: Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966, USS Olympia is a centerpiece exhibit of the Seaport Museum. The, last remaining warship from the Spanish-American War, the ship saw service in the U.S. Navy from her commissioning in 1895 until 1922. It holds a claim to fame as the flagship of Commodore George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. Used as a training ship during WWI, she patrolled the American coast. In 1921, the Olympia carried the remains of World War I's Unknown Soldier from France to Washington, D.C. Learn more about this historic ship through newspaper headlines, letters written by the crew and photographs and much more.

Other exhibits at the Seaport Museum are Coming To America, celebrating Philadelphia's spot as the fourth largest immigration port of its time, and Philadelphia and the China Trade.

Visiting the Museum's Calendar Page for special events:

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