Donate and Support

At Foss Waterway Seaport, we are creating a sustainable maritime heritage project that provides quality public access, compelling educational programming and exciting on-water recreational amenities.

Financial support from the community is vital to our success. Your financial support provides resources for exhibits, marine and environmental education programs, and dozens of daily activities. Please consider making a gift today and if you are not a member, consider joining or renewing your current membership today.

Does your employer have an employee matching program? If so, you may be able to maximize your donation and increase your gift to the Seaport!

Donate Today

Giving Options

Corporate Membership

Join our fleet of generous community partners by securing a corporate membership.

Charitable Bequests

Leave a lasting legacy on the high seas of Tacoma's history by supporting Foss Waterway Seaport through legacy planning or donating a vehicle.

Vehicle Donation Program

Rev up your support for Foss Waterway Seaport with our vehicle donation program! Drive change by donating your car to power our waterfront endeavors.

Matching Gifts

Every contribution sets sail into a sea of impact, as we double the reach of your generosity through our matching donor's gift program.

Join & Support

A Foss Waterway Seaport member and is a vital part of the work that we do and gets enhanced access the Seaport. The Seaport relies on individual donations and memberships for 20% of our operating budget which covers the day-to-day expenses of our building and its dedicated staff, allowing us to serve our community! Your membership supports providing science education to thousands of students annually, holding free community events, and developing new and exciting exhibits that tell the story of Tacoma’s maritime history.

Membership benefits:
Membership card good for unlimited admissions
10% discount at museum shop
Invitation to special events and new exhibit previews (via email)
Newsletters and special announcements (via email)
Two guest passes

Membership Levels:

– membership benefits

Individual – membership benefits

Family – membership benefits extended to up to two named adults and all household youth plus two additional guest passes and one Family pass (admits two adults and up to four youth)

Family+NARM – Family benefits plus NARM membership 

Pilot+NARM – All previous benefits plus two additional guest passes and one additional family pass

Captain+NARM – All previous benefits plus two additional guest passes, one additional family pass and an opportunity to join a quarterly museum tour led by our Executive Director

Admiral+NARM – All previous benefits plus an invitation to an annual dinner with our Executive Director

What is NARM?
NARM is the North American Reciprocal Museum Association. A NARM level Seaport membership extends your membership to over 1300 organizations across six countries. When you walk into a fellow NARM institution with your Seaport membership card, you get that institution’s membership benefits. The NARM Association boasts an array of top-notch institutional members from art and history museums to botanical gardens, children’s museums, science centers, and more. Local NARM institution include the Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, and the Museum of History and Industry. There are institutions to choose from in all fifty states and more added weekly! Visit for more details.

Become a Seaport Sustainer!
Seaport Sustainer membership allows you to split the cost of a Seaport membership into monthly payments. There is no automatic expiration date, so you no longer have to worry about when you have to renew. Your benefits are always available with no wasted paper or postage. While offering you more flexibility and affordability, it also gives the Seaport a steady stream of income we can count on throughout the year! Follow the instructions entitled "To begin your Sustaining Membership payments" below.

If you prefer to make annual membership payments, follow the instructions entitled "To make a one-time payment" below or download the membership form at the bottom of the page and mail it to:

Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

If you have any trouble signing up for either membership option, or have further questions come into the museum or call during regular hours and our Guest Services Staff will be happy to assist you! 

Online Payment Instructions

To make a one-time payment:
1. Scroll down to the “To Join, Pay Online” section
2. Click the down arrow under “Choose Membership Level”
3. Select your desired Membership Level
4. Click “Pay Now”
5. You will be redirected to your paypal account, follow their instructions to complete your payment

To begin your Sustaining Membership payments:
1. Scroll down to the “To Join, Pay Online” section
2. Click the down arrow under “Membership monthly payment options”
3. Select your desired Membership Level
4. Click “Subscribe”
5. You will be redirected to your paypal account, follow their instructions to complete your payment

To Join, Pay Online

Choose Membership Level
Membership monthly payment options

Or download our membership form and mail completed form along with your check to:Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402Thanks for your generous support of Foss Waterway Seaport,
Puget Sound’s premier maritime heritage, education and event center!