Foss Waterway Seaport

705 Dock St. Tacoma WA 98402, Tacoma, WA 98402 - United States

253-272-2750

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Visitors to the Seaport will return because of their intellectual curiosity and their emotional attachment to the stories we tell through multi-dimensional and multi-sensory encounters with the past, the present, and the future that include:

Historic artifacts and boats and education programs that put students and adults both in the classroom and on the water “doing and discovering”.

Permanent, rotating and transient exhibits that are visual and three dimensional, hands-on, and invite visitors into the experience through sight, sound, smell, touch and emotion and allow visitors to direct their own inquiry.

A true “feel” for the historic 121 year-old Balfour Dock Building and Tacoma's working waterfront.

Exhibits

PEOPLE OF THE REGION
The story of human progress; the Native Americans of the region, the settlers and their varied ethnic backgrounds, the laborers who built and worked on the waterfront, the citizens of today who live and work on the waterfront and our children who represent our future.

MARITIME AND BOATING HISTORY
Fishing, boat building and maritime transportation of people and goods.

COMMERCE AND TRADE
Stories of the water, the docks and the shore
Rails to Sails which details how the early railroads in the Puget Sound played a critical role in linking Tacoma, the Northwest and the United States to the rest of the world.

UNIQUE STORIES OF TACOMA
The Foss Family Story, the Willits Story, the story of the Balfour Building, the ethnic richness of the region, and the people of the waterfront.

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