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The mission of the Foss Waterway Seaport is to celebrate Tacoma's rich maritime heritage -- past, present, and future.
The Working Waterfront Maritime Museum (WWMM) is a project of the Foss Waterway Seaport (FWS). The FWS became a 501(c)3 charitable organization in March of 1997. The organization is governed by a board of directors, and a modestly paid staff.
The Museum is presently located in the northern one-third of the Balfour Dock building on Dock Street along Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway. Our home is a 110 year old wheat transfer facility that is one of two remaining wooden warehouses originally built as a "mile long" complex in 1900. These warehouses were built to accommodate cargo carrying, square-rigged ships that frequented the port during the early years of Tacoma's history. These wharves hosted many beautiful sailing vessels, as well as steam- and diesel-powered cargo traders well into the twentieth century. The Balfour Dock building was last commercially active in the 1970's. The building is owned by the City of Tacoma.