About Us

photo by Nic Lehoux

Our Mission

The mission of the 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.

Who We Are

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 our community and maritime industry, but mostly because regardless of the subject, the sea is the most powerful teacher we know.

For an overview of all the things we do and how you can get involved—read our 2021 Community Report!

2021 Community Report

View our campaign for transformative maritime learning

Read our See Change Campaign

Located at the intersection of the downtown district and Pt. Hudson, our venue is 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!