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“Great local museum”

Westport Maritime Museum
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Westport
Certificate of Excellence
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Forks, Washington
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49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great local museum”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

This is a small museum in the old Coast Guard station. It has a good collection of artifacts both from the Coast Guard and Lighthouse and also from the local community.

They also have displays on ships and shipwrecks, fishing and whaling, cranberries, logging, the local community, the ocean and ocean life and have a children's discovery area.

They also have the first order Fresnel Lens from the Destruction Island lighthouse. It had its own building constructed to display it. The displays in here are a little sparse but hopefully they are working on it. It is a beautiful lens and when the volunteer who was on duty offered to take my photo standing in front of it I was happy to let her. I'm amazed that lenses that sophisticated could be made given the primitive technology of the time.

There are some skeletons, including a whale, outside in a separate building. It has glass walls so the skeletons can be seen even if the main building is closed.

The museum is run by a small group of volunteers and they have obviously done the best they can with the usual constraints of time and resources that a volunteer group has. There is a small fee to get in but it is well worth it. If you go to the lighthouse, show them your ticket and they will give you a dollar off (and also the reverse if you went to the Lighthouse first).

Visited August 2013
Thank Jennifer G
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Westport, Washington
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107 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A wealth of Gray's Harbor History”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

My husband and I visited Westport several years ago for the first time. We kept coming back because of the many different amenities this little town has to offer, like great surfing, fishing, the incredible beaches and last but not least the Grays Harbor Lighthouse and the Westport Maritime Museum. So many wonderful artifacts from days gone by are on display there. The history that goes with it is awesome. To top it all off, the Museum is the home of the Destruction Island first order Fresnel Lens, housed in it's own building and functioning. Worth the trip.
This whole organization is run by volunteers.
We liked this whole scenario so much, that we decided to make Westport our retirement home and volunteer at the Museum and the Lighthouse.

Visited August 2012
Thank Marigupen
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Marion, Iowa
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1 review
“Fresnel Lens was the best part of this visit!”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

We were rather disappointed in this museum. For the $5 fee, one would think that they would allow you to take photos in the museum. Most museums that I have been to allow photography.
The lady working in the museum was not very friendly, nor did she thank us for visiting. We definitely think this was a waste of our time. We did not have a guide to show us the museum, we were handed a piece of paper and told to visit all the rooms ourselves.

The only redeeming thing for this visit was seeing the Fresnel Lens. It was so pretty, and we were allowed to take pictures of it. The lady in that building was super friendly, knew what she was talking about, and thanked us for coming.

Visited July 2013
Thank Shelby1313
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Olympia, Washington
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fresnel lens”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

If you're a lighthouse buff, you've got to see the working Fresnel lens. It's housed in a building that was built just for it. A guide takes you into the building and tells you anything you want to know. Our guide happened to be a freshman in high school. He was impressive!

Visited July 2013
Thank raypanda
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Don't let the $5 fee stop you from seeing this!!”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

We almost didn't go into the museum when we saw the $5 fee, but we are so glad we did! So much history in such a little place! Well organized and just enough information! The Destruction Island Lighthouse lens is so magnificent.....DO NOT MISS! Photos are great but a video of its movement is a must!

Visited July 2013
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