Seaport Exhibits

Tacoma-This is Your Waterfront!

The Seaport's Museum is a place where stories are told with artifacts from our permanent collection and on extended loan. This year we welcome new exhibits sharing stories of Puget Sound's Mosquito Fleet, Maritime Lego Display, Classic Boats, and new train exhibit entitled Rails to Sails.

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An Ocean Transformed

An Ocean Transformed - art with a message, is an educational exhibit featuring marine debris sculptures designed and built by Sherman Elementary School (Tacoma Public Schools) students from as part of 2015 Seaport education pilot program. The five amazing sculptures invoke strong visual messages and are sure to encourage best practices in everyone who views these wonderful art pieces. Plan to visit the Seaport to see the exhibit, read the students' journals, enjoy the students’ creativity and take to heart the messages they impart! To enhance this exhibit we also have a 32-foot plastic whale on display. Learn more about the pilot program.

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Balfour Dock Building Exhibit

Our building is the last remaining intact section of a continuous heavy timber frame warehouse that defined Tacoma’s waterfront for almost a century. The Balfour Dock Building Exhibit is a key exhibit in our permanent collection. The exhibit showcases the history of our building complete with a piece of the heavy timber truss that supported the original wharf. Learn more about our building's history while viewing this amazing structure.

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Boats for all Occasions

See our wonderful collection of classic recreational boats in an exhibit called "Boats for all Occasions," which includes original Andrew Foss rowboats; Willits canoes: Faith, our Columbia gillnetter outfitted for youth boater education; hand-built small craft for cruising local waterways, and impeccably restored Poulsbo boats. Also included are a number of models from the Mosquito Fleet era.

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Boat Shop

Our active Heritage Wooden Boat Shop allows Seaport volunteer boatbuilders to celebrate and preserve traditional maritime construction and craft.
Our boat shop provides:

  • "Hot shop" activities for guests to observe when our Museum is open
  • A showcase for traditional maritime crafts and construction skills
  • Workshops by master boat builders who are part of the Seaport volunteer boat building team
  • Copies of historic vessels for the Seaport’s boat livery to be offered as rentals in the future
  • Opportunities to learn about restoring and maintaining boats and maritime artifacts

Volunteer opportunities are available for people at all skill levels.