Seaport Exhibits

Peek into Our Attic and Share Our Dream

The Seaport is a place where stories are told with artifacts gathered on extended loan. Our hands-on activities blend the history of our region's working waterfront with the science of Puget Sound's waterways.  Many of our new exhibits will be linked to schools' social studies, history, science and economics curricula and state standards.

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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.