Last updated: 12/15/2011
Seattle, Washington
Street Address
1010 Valley Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Mailing Address
Seattle, WA 98109
phone: 206-382-2628
Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm, varies seasonally.
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Dick Wagner, Founding Director
Betsy Davis, Executive Director
Dan Leach, Community Outreach Lead/Boatwright

CWB is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving maritime heritage for future generations. We believe that it is essential to preserve the skills and stories associated with wooden small craft by teaching workshops, organizing events and regattas, and igniting a passion for wood and water in young and old alike. We thrive because of the support of a dedicated group of volunteers, members, and staff who believe that our mission is important. We also stay afloat with the help of generous donors and other supporters of The Center for Wooden Boats.


To provide a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations.


Founded in 1976, The Center for Wooden Boats has grown from the back porch of the founder's houseboat located on Seattle's Lake Union to become one of the city's top ten museums and a true Seattle icon.

Artifact Collections

Permanent collection. Watercraft: 180 small craft, including rowboats, sailboats, and paddle boats, 26 boat models and half hulls, 18 pond boats. Library: 120 boat plans, 450 volumes, 53 oral histories, 500 photos, 30 cubic feet institutional archives. Maritime objects: 120 related artifacts. Historic Structures: 2 floating houseboats.

Educational Programs

CWB provides over 90 programs each year to youth, adults and families. 2,000 students attend educational field trips and another 2,000 youth engage in other outreach programs. An internship program supports students from the University of Washington in a variety of disciplines and interns from boatbuilding schools.



Performance Areas


The Center for Wooden Boats is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and membership organization governed by a 23 member Board of Trustees (volunteers). Membership is open to anyone willing to pay modest annual dues. 1/3 of the board must be Member-nominated, and Members vote to approve board members and to ratify any changes to the bylaws. The Board of Trustees delegates management to a professional staff led by a full-time Executive Director


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


Bi-monthly newsletter, Shavings, Annual Program Catalogue, 5 monographs about Northwest boatbuilders, Historical water trail guide to Lake Union for boaters.


Wheelchair Accessible


Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

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