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Bainbridge Island Historical Museum: (WA) The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum was founded in 1974 to preserve island history.  The Museum maintains and displays passenger steamboat artifacts and photos, music and recordings of steamer captains, and ships whistles and horns from early Puget Sound Passenger vessel fleets, small boats, and shipbuilding.

Bremerton Historic Ships Association: (WA) The Bremerton Historic Ships Association, Bremerton, WA, is where the destroyer "USS Turner Joy," the last Forrest Sherman class destroyer built, is located. While some of these ships were later converted to guided missile destroyers, "Turner Joy" remains close to her original 1959 configuration. The destroyer has been restored to reflect the appearance during her active years between 1960 and 1982.

Bremerton Naval Museum:(WA) The Museum focuses on the history of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard with where naval ships and submarines of the United States Fleet are overhauled and maintained.

Burke Museum: (WA) The Burke Museum concentrates on regional natural history and artifacts of the Northwest Coast Indians.  A long-term exhibit — Canoes of the Northwest Coast — opened in 1992.

Center for Wooden Boats: (WA) One of the West Coast's finest small wooden boat building and preservation sites. Two hours work on preservation earns an hour of sailing time!

Coast Guard Museum/Northwest: (WA) At the Coast Guard Museum/Northwest in Seattle, exhibits include several exquisitely crafted large models of Revenue Cutter Service and Coast Guard cutters, the ship's bell from the steam tug ROOSEVELT, and Admiral Peary's ship during his quest for the North. Also, a Revenue Cutter Service ensign from Capt. 'Hell-Roarin' Mike Healy's BEAR, circa 1900, the sextant from the U-boat U-873 captured by the Coast Guard manned USS DURANT during WWII. Also, items from the German trawler EXTERNSTEINE captured by EASTWIND off Greenland in WWII is exhibited along with thousands of photos and slides of cutter, aircraft, lighthouses, crews and stations. The largest public collection of Coast Guard patches. The red-hulled icebreakers POLAR STAR, POLAR SEA, and HEALY are homeported here, as well as the 378' high-endurance patrol cutters MELLON and MIDGETT.

Edmonds Historical Museum: (WA) Edmonds Historical Museum, formally opened in 1973, was established by the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society to perpetuate the memory and spirit of our pioneers; to identify and preserve historical documents, relics, and incidents; and to encourage historical research, today and tomorrow.             


Gig Harbor Peninsula Museum: (WA) The Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society & Museum grew out of personal collections which remain an important part of any community's effort to preserve their history. Navigate through Gig Harbor's maritime heritage where the Steamboat Victor is on display at museum as is Raft Island artist Bob Bryant's painting of TheVictor.

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport: (WA) From its inception, the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport at Aberdeen, WA, has been a visionary maritime heritage project. Ever evolving, this living history interpretive currently features the 170-ton tall ship Lady Washington and two 26 foot ship's longboats of the type used aboard sailing ships during the 18th and 19th centuries. A former shipyard and lumber mill, the seaport has exhibits about the shipbuilding process and a replica of Captain Robert Gray's ship, the Columbia Rediviva, on which he explored the Northwest Coast and established the U.S. claim to the Oregon country in 1792. The original Lady Washington, is the ship that accompanied the Columbia Rediviva up the West Coast on Captain Gray's first trip.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks/ Lake Washington Ship Canal: (WA) The Lake Washington Ship Canal and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks at Seattle, WA, are always a great attraction. Early spring is a great time to enjoy the beautiful Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden. The garden is starting to show life again, as many early blooming plants are everywhere in the garden. To see a list of the best plants to look for each month, visit our garden page. Every trip to the Locks should include a walk in the garden, watching the boats, visiting the fish ladder, and exploring the exhibits and bookstore in the Visitor Center.

Ilwaco Heritage Museum: (WA) The museum depicts frontier life in southwest Washington. Featured are a diorama of shipwrecks, photographs of shipwrecks that have occurred off Cape Disappointment, a gallery of Western and American Indian art, and a diorama of the Long Beach Peninsula with a working replica of the narrow-gauge railroad. Other exhibits include Chinook Indian and pioneer artifacts and displays highlight the fishing, logging and cranberry industries.

Museum of the Jefferson County Historical Society:  (WA) The Northwest Maritime Center at Port Townsend, WA, enhances maritime heritage by providing maritime resources and educational opportunities, serving community shoreline needs, and fostering authentic maritime visitor experiences. It seeks to strengthen Port Townsend's identity as a national Victorian Seaport and regional center for marine trades and to provide a focal point for sustainable economic and tourism development. The Northwest Maritime Center is dedicated to the protection of key waterfront parcels as sites for building a rich, cohesive maritime legacy.

Light Station Mukilteo 1906: (WA) The Light Station Mukilteo was constructed on the point where the treaty meeting between Governor Isaac Stevens and the Indians took place in 1856. The site was established as a light station in 1906 and a facility designed by C.W. LEICK constructed. Mukilteo is the sole remaining of several structures of similar type constructed in the area.

M/V Kalakala Ferry: (WA) The Kalakala Foundation in Seattle, Washington, is preparing the M/V Kalakala for permanent mooring on the Seattle waterfront. The very contemporary streamlined designed Puget Sound ferry will be a fine addition to Seattle's maritime heritage.

Makah Museum: (WA) The Makah Museum in Neah Bay (the northwest corner of Washington), recognized as the nation's finest tribal museum, welcomes visitors to experience the life of pre-contact Makah people. The permanent exhibits include artifacts from the collection, uncovered from a Makah village partially buried by a mudslide nearly 500 years ago. Inside the museum you will find a full-size replica long house, and four cedar dug-put canoes. Whaling, sealing, and fishing gear, basketry and other tools are also on display, preserved by the unique conditions created by the mudslide.

Museum of History & Industry: (WA) Focusing primarily on Seattle's history, the museum also included some important maritime history.

Naval Undersea Museum: (WA) The Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Washington, combines marine science, naval history, and undersea technology to crate an exciting and motivating experience. You are invited to visit the ocean world and dive into the science of the undersea without getting wet.

Nordic Heritage Museum (WA) The museum highlights the contributions of Nordic immigrants who developed the Pacific Northwest.

Northwest Maritime Center: (WA) The Northwest Maritime Center at the Museum of Jefferson County Historical Society, will enhance maritime heritage by providing maritime resources and educational opportunities, serving community shoreline needs, and fostering authentic maritime visitor experiences. It seeks to strengthen Port Townsend's identity as a national Victorian Seaport and regional center for marine trades and to provide a focal point for sustainable economic and tourism development. The Northwest Maritime Center is dedicated to the protection of key waterfront parcels as sites for building a rich, cohesive maritime legacy.

Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center: (WA) Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center in Seattle is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime heritage of Puget Sound and the Northwest Coast, and to the development of maritime-based educational programs and opportunities for the community.

Port Washington, WI 1806 Light Station:  (WA) Port Washington's first lighthouse was built in 1849. The land was bought from Henry and Emma Allen, for $200 in 1848 and includes the current site. The lighthouse rose 36-38 feet from the ground to the lantern. Light Station beacon was discontinued October 31, 1903. Lightkeeper Charles Lewis, Jr. retired in 1924. The pierhead light was automated and the city ran the fog siren from the water works. No keeper was needed. The watch shack/generator building now contains a steamboat's wheelhouse with a full compliment of equipment, including the binnacle and pilothouse telegraph from the whaleback Christopher Columbus. Step up to the wheel and gaze out over Lake Michigan (between the trees!) and take time to sign the logbook recording the date and weather conditions during your time at the helm.

Odyssey, the Maritime Discovery Center (WA) The fascinating world of exploration will give visitors an unparalleled experience for learning about Washington's Puget Sound's harbors and the many activities in today's maritime world.

Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society: (WA) The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society is here to help you learn about the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Membership in the Society is open to anyone interested in our Maritime History. The Society's purpose is to collect, preserve and display maritime historical objects, relics and data with particular emphasis on the Pacific Northwest.

Sand Man Tugboat:    (WA)  Olympia has been SAND MAN's home her entire working life.  Old-timers from Olympia to Tacoma, to Vashon Island and beyond, love to tell their stories of the part this little tugboat played in their lives.  SAND MAN was built in 1910. She was originally powered by a 50hp Frisco Standard gasoline engine, making her possible (no one knows for sure) the first tug on Puget Sound to be so powered.  Now, after many years, SAND MAN is almost completely restored. The tug is once again cruising the waters as she has always done — this time as a living reminder of the rich maritime history of the South Puget Sound.

Semiahmoo Park Museum: (WA) Located near Blaine at the entrance to Semiahmoo Spit on the west side of Drayton Harbor. The park contains three 19th century bunkhouses. One houses the Semiahmoo Park Museum, which features a restored Bristol Bay sailboat and exhibits that illustrate local history and explain salmon fishing and canning.

Steamer Virginia V: (WA) The SS VIRGINIA V is a 125-foot steam-powered passenger vessel, was launched on March 9, 1922 and is the Last Wooden Passenger Steamer in the West. She originally provided passenger and freight service between Seattle and Tacoma and for small communities along Colvos Passage and was a part of Puget Sound's "Mosquito Fleet," the precursor to the Washington State Ferry system.

USS Washington BB56 (WA) Get a feel for how large and powerful "The Mighty "W" was. Download Detailed Large Diagrams. . . . visit various components and compartments. View the Body Plan. View a comparison of BB56 and HMS King George V.

W. T. Preston  (Sternwheeler): (WA) The W.T. PRESTON is a museum of Puget Sound snagboat history.  She was the last working sternwheeler on the Sound.  Powered by steam, she was used to clear and maintain the navigable waterways from the Canadian border to Olympia, Washington

Westport Maritime Museum: (WA) The Westport Maritime Museum is housed in the former harbor Coast Guard Station, a Nantucket-style building near Grays Harbor, Washington. Exhibits include displays of local maritime history, numerous photographs, marine artifacts including reconstructed skeletons of marine mammals.

Whale Museum at Friday Harbor:(WA) Welcome to The Whale Museum On San Juan Island at Friday Harbor. The Museum focuses on the natural history particularly the whale. which seeks, through education and research, to encourage responsible stewardship of whales and the marine ecosystems upon which they depend. We hope you make a point of dropping by to see us the next time you're in Friday Harbor, Washington. Until then, take a look at some of our Exhibits on this website.

Whatcom Museum of History and Art: (WA) The Whatcom Museum of History and Art collection contains thousands of blueprints and line drawings, seventeen half-models and other artifacts, documents, and magazines relating to the shipbuilding industry and the architect’s career.

Willapa Seaport Museum: (WA) The Willapa Seaport Museum, founded in 1995, is in a 6000 square feet building on two levels with colorful and dramatic displays on all aspects of the sea and local history. 

Working Waterfront Maritime Museum: (WA) The Working Waterfront Maritime Museum is operated by the non-profit organization – Foss Waterway Seaport.  The Museum, located at the foot of Tacoma’s downtown core along the Thea Foss Waterway, offers visitors a variety of opportunities. Guests of the Museum can view maritime artifacts and historic small watercraft, watch boat restoration and new boat construction, participate in hands-on activities for all ages, enjoy lectures about local maritime history, take part in one of our many special events and return often to see visiting exhibits. The Museum welcomes group tours and school field trips by appointment.