After 18 months of renovation, the Foss Waterway Seaport museum reopens to the public, this Saturday, May 11th. Event Coordinator Earla Harding was kind enough to give us a sneak peak yesterday of the newly renovated facility.
The Seaport occupies the old Balfour Docks building on the Foss waterfront, and now features a sweeping glass wall on the West side of the building. Volunteers have built massive plastic jellyfish that hang from the ceiling, over a large open space currently occupied by an assortment of antique pleasure boats and a classic "woodie" station wagon.
Future visitors will be able to look out the glass wall and identify ships passing by in Commencement Bay, on an electronic display showing all of the registered vessels in our portion of the Sound. You can contemplate the boats going by and fantasize about the "Mosquito Fleet" which used to run passenger ferries from Tacoma to Downtown Seattle, in 77 minutes.
The "Discovery Wharf" section designed for young children wasn't quite complete yet, but it will feature wooden tinker toy-like building sets designed to challenge kids to build their own truss system, like the one that supports the ceiling of the museum.
Children who visit the museum in field trip groups gain access to the huge back portion of the building, including sea life touch tanks, walk-on boats, and lots of other fun activities.
Bring the kids and check it out for yourself this Saturday, May 11th. Kids are free! (Normally $4) Adults admitted at $3.50 (normally $7.)
Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402