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Westport Maritime Museum

2201 Westhaven Drive

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The Westport Maritime Museum located in the historic Coast Guard station building, built in 1939. The original building was designed to traditional Nantucket-Coast Guard Architecture Standards and sits within a five-building complex in the Marina District of Westport.

The original structures are registered as historic buildings with the State of Washington. The Westport-South Beach Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the South Beach, operates the museum

The magnificent Destruction Island Lens, housed on the museum grounds, was built in France in 1888 by Henry Le Paute from the design by Augustin-Jean Fresnel. It was shipped by boat to Destruction Island, north of Westport, on the Washington coast. The lens was installed in the lighthouse in 1891 and operated until 1995 when it was removed by the Coast Guard and went on display at its present location.

The museum showcases exhibits on the maritime history of the South Beach.  Current historical exhibits include the Grays Harbor Light Station, the Coast Guard, area shipwrecks, rescue operations, and the whaling and fishing industries. Cranberry harvesting and logging tools are also on display.

Natural history exhibits include beach erosion, currents, beach combing, ocean, and marine mammals, two outdoor exhibits on the grounds feature skeletons of sea mammals, a scale-model of the former Coast Guard station, and a knot-tying display.


Mo C

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Totally worth the $5. Plus its pretty much $5 donated to a good cause, the museum. Great history of the area as well the sea history related to the region. Cool stuff to look at outside for free. Very nice volunteers. The lighthouse lens is NOT to be missed. I was amazed beyond words!!

Kay Grimes

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
This is worth a visit. Older & young alike will find a visit here so worth the time

Dave Sloan

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
It was OK. Only five bucks. Some cool stuff. My favorite things were free outside. Very cool yearling grey whale skeleton!

Tim Weston

Friday, May 25, 2018
Outstanding , An I can see Our Flag from here !!!

Taylor Ward

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
Cool to stop at but not the main attraction. If its winter bring a jacket ! The restraints in thearear are $$$ but the shops are full of good finds and they havegoid prices.

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