Ghost Tour of the Haunted

USS Olympia

Join us for a unique and memorable evening aboard the historic USS Olympia for haunting tales of life and death on the high seas! From the time of the Olympia's commission in 1895, sailors said this ship was “hoodooed,” and over 100 years later, ghost hunters (such as Sci-Fi’s Ghost Hunters and the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures) are still drawn to her haunting legacy.


Inside the hulking exterior of this formidable battleship, you’ll discover a beautiful, labyrinthine interior filled with reports of disappearing apparitions, ghostly voices, and other unexplained paranormal activity. The Ghost Tour will lead you through the creepy nooks and crannies of three decks, including the captain’s cabins, the galley, the sick bay, and the spot where the ship’s most famous ghost, “Gunner” Johnson, appears.


The Olympia is located at Penn's Landing on the Delaware River waterfront, at S. Columbus Blvd and Spruce St. (next to Spruce St. Harbor Park) GPS Address: 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Tours last 75-90 minutes.

Tickets & Reservations

$19 per person (ages 12 & up only)

Tickets are limited and advanced ticket purchase is required

Call 215-413-1997 or purchase tickets now >


Stay tuned for the 2017 schedule!


If you are interested in arranging a private tour, please call 215-413-1997 or email us. Private tours are available year-round.

Please note: Guests must be able to climb steep stairs. Historic ships are not wheelchair accessible. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


When you purchase tickets online or over the phone, your name will automatically be added to the tour reservation list. Just show up to the ticket booth outside the Olympia, and the tour guide will check you in. A portion of proceeds benefits the Olympia and the Independence Seaport Museum.

About the Olympia

The Olympia, launched in 1892, is the world's oldest floating steel warship and the sole surviving naval ship of the Spanish-American War. She is best known for the Battle of Manila Bay, where she helped to defeat the Spanish and to establish America as a world power. From her very first voyage in 1895, the Olympia gained a reputation for Hoodoo, which was variously interpreted as being haunted or unlucky. At least 20 deaths, by accident, murder, or sickness, have occurred on the ship over the course of her history. To this day, disembodied voices echo along her narrow passageways, apparitions appear and disappear, and even a poltergeist or two may have stowed away aboard the vessel. It is now a maritime museum at the Independence Seaport Museum.