Last updated: 2/4/2019
Seattle, Washington
Address
3015 NW 54th Street
Seattle, WA 98107
phone: 206-783-7059
web: www.ballardlocks.org
Hours
Visitors
Daily7 AM - 9 PM
May 1 - Sept 30: HOURS FOR VISITOR CENTER/MUSEUM/GIFT SHOP
Daily10 AM - 6 PM
Oct. 1 - Apr. 30: HOURS FOR VISITOR CENTER/MUSEUM/GIFT SHOP
closed for lunch
Sunday - Monday, Thursday - Saturday10 AM - 12:30 PM & 1:30 PM - 4 PM
Admissions
Free. Donations Accepted.
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Rich Deline, President, Corps Foundation
Description

The Locks & Ship Canal were built over 100 years ago as a Commercial Navigation Route to Develop the City of Seattle. The Locks still contribute over $1.2 Billion/yr. to the Seattle economy and are the Nation's busiest. However, no fees are charged and funding comes from the Federal Government (not Seattle).

Seattle icon & Top tourist attraction. Nation's Busiest locks: 50,000 vessels/yr. Salmon viewing, botanical gardens, summer concerts, visitor Center-all free

History

Founded on July 4, 1917.

Educational Programs

A National Historic Site, busiest locks in the Nation and major tourist attraction...open daily 24/7 for vessels, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm for visitors.

  • - Watch large ships & small boats up close and personal
  • - View migrating salmon from June through September
  • - Stroll the world class botanical garden
  • - Tour the visitor center/museum and historic admin building
  • - Summer activities include summer concerts, picnics and weddings.
Facilities

MAIN FLOOR

THEATER FEATURES MULTIPLE VIDEOS (ON DEMAND) & GIFT SHOP/BOOK STORE

SECOND FLOOR

ADDITIONAL MINI THEATER ON LOCKS HISTORY AND NUMEROUS EXHIBITS AND DISPLAYS

Services

Tours

A professionally guided tour offers the best experience. Take FREE scheduled public tours March thru November or VIP (donation based) tours on request.

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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MUSEUM CONFERENCES
Wednesday, September 1 - Thursday, September 30, 2021 — Virtual
CANCELLED: Florida Association of Museums 2021 Annual Conference
Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 31, 2021 — Virtual
Arriving this October: The Western Museum Association Roadshow!
Wednesday, October 6 - Friday, October 8, 2021 — Virginia City, Nevada
Nevada Museum Association 2021 Annual Conference
Virginia City, Nevada
Monday, November 29 - Wednesday, December 1, 2021 — Washington, District of Columbia
2021 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Washington, District of Columbia
Sunday, March 6 - Thursday, March 10, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
2022 Public Land Alliance Convention and Trade Show
St. Louis, Missouri