Ex­hibit ex­plores Delaware River

New In­de­pen­dence Sea­port Mu­seum ex­hibit ex­plores Delaware River

The Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian Binga­man bbinga­[email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @bri­an­binga­man on Twit­ter

It’s easy to for­get that the Delaware River’s path con­nects moun­tains, wilder­ness, farm­land, cities and coastal plains. Or that 15 mil­lion peo­ple drink the wa­ter that flows through the wa­ter­shed.

The In­de­pen­dence Sea­port Mu­seum at Penn’s Land­ing has a friendly and in­for­ma­tive re­minder in the new per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion “River Alive!”

The 4,000-square-foot “River Alive!” fo­cuses on the won­ders and chal­lenges of the Delaware River wa­ter­shed, our place within that sys­tem, the sci­ence used to un­der­stand the wa­ter­shed’s com­plex­ity and the im­por­tance of car­ing for its ever-chang­ing ecosys­tem.

In a press re­lease, the mu­seum’s pres­i­dent and CEO John Brady said: “‘River Alive’ high­lights the im­por­tance of the Delaware River’s health, while show­cas­ing its scenic beauty and tremen­dously var­ied wildlife. Our in­ten­tion is to deepen our vis­i­tors’ ap­pre­ci­a­tion of any ex­pe­ri­ence they have on the re­gion’s rivers and streams.”

What’s there for me to see? The ex­hibit’s cen­ter­piece is a 32-foot-long River Con­tin­uum Wall, which beck­ons you to ac­ti­vate dig­i­tally an­i­mated con­tent by phys­i­cally en­gag­ing with five “in­put sta­tions.”

In to­tal, “River Alive!” is com­prised of 17 in­ter­ac­tive com­po­nents and aquatic field sta­tions that ad­dress the liv­ing things in the river, and en­cour­ages think­ing about the im­por­tance of car­ing for the wa­ter­shed.

Us­ing a map of the Delaware River Wa­ter­shed, ex­plore five dif­fer­ent “Wa­ter­shed Trails”: land, life, his­tory, heal­ing and the na­ture of wa­ter. Other key ar­eas of the ex­hibit in­clude a Cit­i­zen Sci­ence Lab, Wa­ter­shed Story Space, Wa­ter­shed Life Glass Tile Wall, and the Fishar­ium Class­room.

Doesn’t the Clean Wa­ter Act help con­serve and pro­tect the Delaware River wa­ter­shed?

Ac­cord­ing to Shawn McCaney, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Wil­liam Penn Foun­da­tion, it does, and it’s made a dif­fer­ence. The Wil­liam Penn Foun­da­tion con­trib­uted more than $4 mil­lion in grant money to make “River Alive!” part of the In­de­pen­dence Sea­port Mu­seum.

“As a di­rect re­sult of the fed­eral Clean Wa­ter Act, and other land­mark laws in­tended to pro­tect clean wa­ter, the health of our wa­ter­ways has dra­mat­i­cally im­proved over the past few decades, and we’re wit­ness­ing a ma­jor ‘re­turn to the river’ in Philadel­phia and through­out the wa­ter­shed,” he said in a pre­pared state­ment. “Our work aims to har­ness and strengthen this mo­men­tum, and ‘River Alive’ is a won­der­ful new way for Philadel­phi­ans and vis­i­tors to con­nect di­rectly with the Delaware River and be­come in­spired to learn more about, and ex­plore, the Delaware and its trib­u­taries.”

Where is the In­de­pen­dence Sea­port Mu­seum, and when is it open?

211 S. Colum­bus Blvd., and hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The mu­seum is closed Christ­mas Day and closes at 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Does it cost any­thing? Ad­mis­sion is $17, $12 for se­niors 65+, chil­dren 3-12, stu­dents and ac­tive and re­tired mil­i­tary. Where do I park?

One op­tion is the Hilton Penn’s Land­ing Park­ing Garage on Colum­bus Boule­vard. When park­ing in this garage, you will get a “chaser” ticket from the front desk staff at the mu­seum for a dis­counted park­ing ticket at the rate of $16 with reg­u­lar mu­seum ad­mis­sion.

Park­ing is also avail­able at the Penn’s Land­ing Wal­nut Street Park­ing Lot, ad­ja­cent to the mu­seum, for $10 when pur­chas­ing reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion to the mu­seum. You’ll need to bring your park­ing re­ceipt with you to the mu­seum to re­ceive the dis­count.

Also, on-street me­tered park­ing is avail­able on Front Street and the sur­round­ing area.

Why is there a sea­port mu­seum on the Delaware River water­front?

The mu­seum’s pur­pose is to deepen the un­der­stand­ing, ap­pre­ci­a­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence of the Philadel­phia re­gion’s wa­ter­ways through his­tory, art, sci­ence and con­nect­ing with com­mu­ni­ties. It has the Na­tional His­toric Land­mark ships Cruiser Olympia and Sub­ma­rine Be­cuna, a boat­build­ing work­shop, small boat rentals, hands-on ex­hibits and one of the largest mar­itime art and ar­ti­fact col­lec­tions in North Amer­ica.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.phill­y­sea­port.org or call 215413-8655.

PHOTO BY RYAN BRANDENBERG

The new­est ad­di­tion to the In­de­pen­dence Sea­port Mu­seum is “River Alive!”

PHOTO BY RYAN BRANDENBERG

The new­est ad­di­tion to the In­de­pen­dence Sea­port Mu­seum is “River Alive!”

PHOTO BY RYAN BRANDENBERG

The new­est ad­di­tion to the In­de­pen­dence Sea­port Mu­seum is “River Alive!”

PHOTO BY RYAN BRANDENBERG

The new­est ad­di­tion to the In­de­pen­dence Sea­port Mu­seum is “River Alive!”

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