The Center for Wooden Boats

Nominated for: BEST Museum

The Center for Wooden Boats 1010 Valley St Seattle WA (206) 382-2628

The Center offers an opportunity to experience the dimensions of an earlier time, to put your hands on the oars of a graceful pulling boat or the tiller of a traditional wooden catboat. With help from master craftsmen, you can learn to steambend an oak frame, cast an oarlock, sew a canvas ditty bag, splice a line or caulk a seam. The Center for Wooden Boats is a hands on maritime museum. Its purpose is to preserve our rich, vital and varied small craft heritage by preserving both the artifacts and the time-tested maritime skills. Our aim is to provide an educational adventure, through participation, in our small craft heritage.

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20 Tips from Voters

Kyle H. on September 19, 2013

What other place to you get to USE some of the artifacts as they were intended?

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Lucy B. on September 19, 2013

Great Hands-On activity and interpretation

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Margaret H. on April 10, 2013

Living history in a great location.

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Jack L. on September 14, 2012

History is a LOT more interesting when you can use it for personal pleasure and relaxation. Vote for CWB? Yeah, maybe. Join CWB and take the family out on Lake Union in squeaky, lovely old boats? ABSOLUTELY!

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Vanessa R. on October 15, 2013

Great staff, boats to rent, a great time. and and check out the Sea Chanty nights!

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Misty S. on October 1, 2013

Free to visit. The entire staff is helpful. The center offers affordable sailing courses and wooden row boat rental.

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J R. on September 19, 2013

The original direct experience museum. You get to play with the exhibits - traditional row and sail boats, which are available for rent. Free boat rides on Lake Union every Sunday afternoon (come at 10 am to sign up; spaces go quickly)with the best volunteer skippers anywhere!

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J R. on April 9, 2013

Be sure to get there Sunday MORNING (opens at 10 am) to sign up for free boat rides. The available slots fill up fast!

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Bo B. on September 24, 2012

Interesting place

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Cheryl D. on April 14, 2012

The Sunday sail is a great way to get the family out on the water.

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