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Foss Waterway Seaport, Tacoma

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Foss Waterway Seaport celebrates Tacoma's rich maritime heritage-past, present and future. Located on the waterfront, in a century-old wheat

warehouse known as the Balfour Dock building, Foss Waterway Seaport is where history actually took place! It is one of two remaining wooden

warehouses originally built to accommodate cargo arriving by rail and departing by square-rigged ships that frequented the port during the early

years of Tacoma's history. Foss Waterway Seaport is Puget Sound's maritime heritage, education and event center, where families, students and entire communities come to discover, explore, work and play.


Maritime Museum

Land- and Boat-Based Education Marine science programs

. Event Rental Space

. Maritime Heritage Exhibits

. Heritage Boat Shop

. Guest Boat Moorage


Free Seaport Members

$10.00 Adults

$8.00 Children, Students, Seniors 62 +

$ 25.00 Family Pass (up to 2 adults and 4 children)


. From I-5, (N.or S.)

. Take the Exit #133 (City Center) to 1705.

. Merge right and take the Schuster Parkway Exit .

. Remain in the left lane

. Turn right at the first light onto South 4 th Street

which becomes Dock Street

. Foss Waterway Seaport is on the left (705 Dock Street)


705 Dock Street, Tacoma WA 98402

253.272.2750 /
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  • The Foss Waterway Seaport was on the list of museums to visit in Tacoma and was a treat to the history of boats and seafaring in the area! Left me feeling like I needed something more though...  more »
  • This museum is housed in a century-old wheat transfer facility. It does an excellant job of celebrating the art, culture, crafts and skills of Puget Sound’s maritime community  more »
  • I think this is a great museum experience if you enjoy absorbing your museum through a lot of reading. The visual story is still incredible, but the details are in the paragraphs on the walls. Take your time, read, play with Lego, and if you need a break step outside directly to the water. Will absolutely return.
  • It was wonderful place to visit, they have a Lego table where you can build cool boats, they have a bridge building station, some touch tanks, some tanks to look at some really neat fish starfish. Their history of dive equipment is interesting overall great place to go?

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