At the Water's Edge

Like what you see? Take home exclusive high-quality framed posters from Independence Seaport Msueum's newest online gift shop collection featuring select pieces from ISM's newest exhibition, At the Water's Edge: Working and living along the Delaware River. Now open!

Philadelphia starts here. While only 326 miles in length-considerably shorter than other nearby rivers-the Delaware River might be small, but it is mighty. Learn about the people who worked and lived along the river for centuries. 

Home to millions of people for centuries, this waterway is the most significant geographic feature along the eastern seaboard.  In Independence Seaport Museum’s newest exhibition, At the Water’s Edge: Working and living along the Delaware River, learn about the people who lived and worked here, from sailors to ironworkers, to canal boatmen to newly arrived immigrants seeking economic and religious freedom.  Curated with artifacts and artwork that haven’t been seen before by the public, this exhibit allows visitors of all ages to embark on their own journey of defining the importance of the Delaware River steps from the water’s edge.