About Us


photo by Nic Lehoux

Our Mission

The mission of Northwest Maritime Center is to engage and educate people of all generations in traditional and contemporary maritime life, in a spirit of adventure and discovery. We’re many things, and at our core we are a campus that uses powerful maritime experiences to educate, inspire people to adventure, and celebrate our maritime culture. We do it for our own love of boats, in service to the local community and maritime industry, but mostly because regardless of the subject, the sea is the most powerful teacher we know.

View our most recent Report to the Community for an overview of our programs and a list of our supporters.

Read Our Annual Report

Take a look at the course the we’ve plotted for 2016 and beyond. We hope you’ll be as excited as we are!

State of the NWMC 2016

Located at the intersection of the downtown district and Pt. Hudson, our facilities are perfect for hosting your event.

Plan Your Event

Founded in 1978 after the first Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, we’ve come a long way since then.

Learn our History

View contact information for our staff of full and part-time employees. We’d love to hear from you!

Meet Our Staff

We occasionally have openings to join our staff. See what openings we may have available right now.

Join Our Staff

Learn about the great businesses and community that support our organization.

Meet Our Sponsors

Meet the hardworking men and women who serve on our Board of Directors.

Meet Our Board

Enjoy these short videos showing different aspects of our work and how our supporters make amazing things happen here at the Northwest Maritime Center!