Of all the “undiscovered” cool places in Tacoma, the Foss Waterway Seaport tops the list. This fabulous heritage museum on T-town’s working waterfront goes far beyond the usual maritime fare with imaginative, far-ranging exhibits, and a surprising amount of art – not the usual seaside watercolors, etc., but contemporary and eco art curated by Executive Director Wesley Wenhardt and Curator of Collections Joseph Govednik. On a recent visit, the museum was installing a life-size whale (32ft. and amazing) made by Thurston County students from recycled material, as well as an architectural Lego exhibit for its opening Sunday, May 17. Also not to miss is the Jacques Cousteau exhibit (the French aquanaut once studied the Giant Pacific Octopus under the Narrows Bridge) curated by local Cousteau historian Ryan Spence.
Even landlubbers (like me) will be entranced by the stunning vintage watercraft (think of skiffs as sleek and delicate-looking as dragonflies), the wood-scented boatmaking shop, and historic Tacoma memorabilia all housed in a spectacular, glassed-in, century-old wheat warehouse transformed into exhibition space by Olson-Kundig Architects, the same Seattle firm that designed Tacoma Art Museum’s new wing. You can check out all this splendor on Sunday, May 17 at 12:00 noon. Located at 705 Dock St. on Thea Foss Waterway, down the street from the Museum of Glass, the Seaport will open to a special welcome with live music, free Ivar’s clam chowder, cake-cutting, exhibits and interactive activities, and the Tacoma Fire Department fire boat and maritime vessels on-show. See you on Sunday!