Nominated for: BEST Museum
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.
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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