This interactive exhibit teaches visitors about the science, history & art of boats & boat building. You can climb into a boat sitting on a waterbed, experiment with weights in a model boat to see how drag effects speed, assemble a wooden boat puzzle & more.
Signaled by audiotape boat horns & whistles, visitors can chart a course for Penn's Landing. You'll learn about the hazards of navigation as you travel beneath a replica of the Ben Franklin Bridge & explore a carpeted Delaware River.
This exhibit explores the immigrant experience. Check out basic bunks similar to those immigrants would have slept in and photographs of first-class dining accommodations, or listen to oral histories of actual travellers.
The first exhibit in the Museum's 'River of Freedom' series, 'Tides' examines the concept of freedom as it relates to the African experience along the Delaware. Artifacts, first-person accounts and interactive displays provide insight on several relevant key moments in Philadelphia history: Enslavement, Emancipation, Jim Crow and Civil Rights.