The center will open to the public on Sat., May 11 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. with a celebration that will include activities such as sack races, sea shanty performances, and cannon fire every hour. Special reduced admission pricing will be offered May 11 and 12 in honor of the opening weekend.
The northern one-third of the building will remain open for the summer, featuring new exhibits highlighting the historic importance of Tacoma’s waterfront. Exhibits include artifacts and pictures that portray the story of the famous “Mosquito Fleet” that plied the waters of Commencement Bay and Puget Sound; a children’s learning area where young visitors can learn to tie seaman’s knots and learn about sea life below the water in Puget Sound; and an exhibit that allows visitors to see in real time the movement of ships in Puget Sound. Starting June 22, a display of 23 classic recreational pleasure crafts will be exhibited, on loan from members of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.
The maritime heritage, education, and event center, located at 705 Dock St. in the historic Balfour Dock Building, was closed for ongoing renovation and seismic upgrades, as well as the installation of a new 55-foot high glass front wall. The Seaport anticipates closing for the winter season in October when the next phase of continuing renovation of the Balfour Dock Building will resume.
More information is available online at fosswaterwayseaport.org.
To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of the Foss Waterway Seaport renovation, click on the following links:
- Preservationists push for regional maritime heritage area designation (Tacoma Daily Index, 08/10/09)
- Foss Waterway Seaport reports fund-raising success (Tacoma Daily Index, 02/07/08)
- Milestone for maritime museum (Tacoma Daily Index, 10/22/07)
- Foss Waterway Seaport kicks off historic wharf replacement project (Tacoma Daily Index, 10/17/07)
- Foss Waterway Seaport receives two major grants (Tacoma Daily Index, 04/30/07)
- Creating a maritime haven: Foss Waterway Seaport moves forward to build its vision of maritime heritage (Tacoma Daily Index, 06/16/05)