Workshop on the Water

Independence Seaport Museum's boat shop, Workshop on the Water, is dedicated to the skills and traditions of wooden boat building and sailing in the Delaware Valley and the New Jersey shore. Visitors to the Seaport Museum can interact with the boat builders as they work on various projects. The Workshop on the Water builds and restores privately owned vessels as well as maintaining the Museum's own boat collection.

Volunteers at the workshop work alongside our professional crew maintaining, restoring and building traditional boats. We have work for all skill levels and are open seven days a week. The easiest way to get started is to simply stop by. You can also call 215-413-8638 or email to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Want to volunteer in our Workshop on the Water? Contact Dave Dormond, Workshop on the Water Educator at or 215-413-8685. 

Upcoming Workshop on the Water Programs:    

Father's Day in the Workshop 
Saturday, June 16

A toolbox for Dad is good, but building it on your own is even better! Join us for our Father's Day Workshop program at Independence Seaport Museum on Saturday, June 16, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Perfect for spending time with the family to create a unique gift. 

Guided sessions in our Workshop on the Water will take place every hour at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. $20 fee includes one tool kit to build your flower or tool box and admits one child to the Museum. Additional admissions are available for our Museum and historic ships at regular rates. Recommended for ages 6+. Other offers not included. 

Current Museum Members receive $2 off their workshop price. Please check your emails or contact our Membership Department at 215-413-8626 or to receive the special promotional code for the discounted rate.