What a year we had!

2017 was just jammed packed with events and new partnerships. We've made our year-end PowerPoint review available for download if you would like to see all this year's best highlights!

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The Puyallup People: First on the Waterway

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Opening Early 2018!

The Foss Waterway Seaport presents an all new exhibit exploring the history of the Puyallup People and their intimate connection to the Salish Sea and the Puyallup River.



February 17 - An afternoon talk with Les Eldridge & John Hough about their book: Maritime Olympia and South Puget Sound

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L. Eldridge
J. Hough
February 17, 2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98401

The Foss Waterway Seaport is proud to be hosting Les Eldridge and John Hough on Saturday, February 17th for an afternoon talk filled with the maritime history of Olympia and the South Puget Sound. After a presentation about their latest book, Maritime Olympia and South Puget Sound, Les and John will be available for a Questions & Answers session.


As always, these talks are 100% free with paid admission to the Seaport!


About the authors:

47° North, 122° West

October 9, 2017 - January 19, 2018
Untitled by Shon Frostad. Mixed media on wood panel

Foss Waterway Seaport is pleased to present 47 º North, 122 º West, an exhibition of paintings by Shon Frostad, October 9, 2017 through January 19, 2018. The sea, and the language of universal symbols created to navigate its vastness, are the subject of this show. Picture a shipping vessel at sea: on its side is a system of letters and numbers which can be decoded at a distance by maritime operators.

Watercolor on the Waterfront

November 5, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Event Poster

Maritime works from Urban Sketchers - Darsie Beck & Ken Fulton

Third Thursday - free museum admission from 4pm to 8pm!

Repeats every month on the third Thursday until Thu Dec 20 2018 .
June 15, 2017 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
July 20, 2017 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
August 17, 2017 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
September 21, 2017 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
October 19, 2017 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
November 16, 2017 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
December 21, 2017 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
January 18, 2018 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
February 15, 2018 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
March 15, 2018 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
April 19, 2018 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
May 17, 2018 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
June 21, 2018 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
July 19, 2018 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
August 16, 2018 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
September 20, 2018 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
October 18, 2018 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
November 15, 2018 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
December 20, 2018 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
June 15, 2017 - December 20, 2018

Join us on the third Thursday of each month (exceptions will be noted) for free admission to the maritime museum!

View the exhibits and visit the education department to see what projects they have designed!

Boat-based Education

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Expand education beyond the classroom and engage your students in life-changing learning on board marine research vessels. A boat-based expedition is a dynamic platform suited for field studies and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Land-based Education

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Join us for one-of-a-kind student field trips! Visit our extraordinary Balfour Dock building to enjoy hands-on, customized learning experiences in history, marine science and maritime heritage.

Wheat warehouse 2

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Inside the wheat warehouse, 1920s

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