Philadelphia Sights

USS Olympia

  • 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Map It
  • Penn's Landing
  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

Commodore George Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila in the Spanish-American War is the only remaining ship from that war. Dewey entered Manila Harbor after midnight on May 1, 1898. At 5:40 am he told his captain, "You may fire when ready, Gridley," and the battle began. By 12:30 the Americans had destroyed the entire Spanish fleet. The Olympia was the last ship of the "New Navy" of the 1880s and 1890s, the beginning of the era of steel ships. You can tour the entire restored ship, including the officers' staterooms, galley, gun batteries, and pilothouse, while "behind the scenes" tours are offered the first Saturday of the month from April through November. Tickets must be purchased at the Independence Seaport Museum and include admission to the USS Becuna and the museum.

Sight Information


211 S. Columbus Blvd., at Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $15, includes admission to USS Becuna and Independence Seaport Museum

Published 01/10/2017


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