Discovery Day: Science at the Seaport

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

This event is part of the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival. In William Penn's original plan for his "greene country towne," he intended for Philadelphians to be connected to their waterways. Explore the many ways Philadelphia has been influenced by its relationship to water and the rivers that run through the city.

Examine the science behind Philadelphia's history through immigration and genealogy, public health, the spread of diseases, as well as invasive animal and plant species. The historic AJ Meerwald schooner will provide sails throughout the day. Reservation required.


  • $7 in advance
  • $12 day of

Speaker Harry Kyriakodis is a historian and writer about Philadelphia, and has collected what is likely the largest private collection of books about the City of Brotherly Love—more than two thousand titles, new and old. He is a founding/certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides and gives walking tours and presentations on unique yet unappreciated parts of the city for various groups. Once an officer in the U.S. Army Field Artillery, Harry is a graduate of La Salle University (1986) and Temple University School of Law (1993). He is the author of Philadelphia’s Lost Waterfront, published in 2011, and Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward, published in 2012 (The History Press).

Independence Seaport Museum (ISM) was chartered in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum. For 50 years, ISM has brought to life the region’s maritime past, present, and future. It is the home of the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library, one of the nation’s premier regional maritime research centers. These archives include more than 12,000 volumes, 9,000 ship plans, and a significant collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and maps. ISM also features many programs and exhibits, including boat building workshops, ship tours, and educational programs for all ages. Currently featuring exhibits like Home Port Philadelphia, What Floats Your Boat? and It Sprang from the River—Everyday Objects with Maritime Secrets, ISM continues to captivate the city with its innovative presentation of Philadelphia’s maritime history.

Event Type: 
Educational Events
History and Preservation
Historical Preservation / Archaeology
Transportation & Ports