The museum focuses on Philadelphia history as it pertains to the formation of the US Navy, ship building and shipyards on the riverfront, and the lives of African Americans from the arrival of the first slave ship at Penn’s Landing in 1684 to segregated shipyards in the 1940s. Other exhibits include a large room filled with many types of small boats, posters describing accidents involving ships on the Delaware River, and a changing exhibits gallery which, when we visited, featured Crazy Eddie, a local tattoo artist. Everything is nicely done. The Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna are located outside and are open to tour.
The museum is accessible. The cruiser and submarine are not.
There’s a parking lot and a garage on Walnut Street next to the museum. Neither are good for RVs but we found great on-street parking along Dock Street on the opposite side of Christopher Columbus Blvd. The spaces are not marked so a ticket from the kiosk – payable by cash, credit card or phone app - is good for any size vehicle. Parking is limited to 3 hours however we were informed by a friendly local man that a disabled placard would get us an extra hour for free. This was confirmed later by a parking officer. The sidewalks and curb cuts are in good condition. Museum 39.94611, -75.13992