Westport Maritime Museum
In Westport, the Westport Maritime Museum (2201 Westhaven Dr., 360/268-0078, westportwa.com/museum, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily June–Sept., noon–4 p.m. Wed.–Sun. Oct.–May, $3 adults, $1 kids) is housed in a magnificent old Coast Guard station built in 1939. Capped by six gables and a watchtower with a widow’s walk, the building was used until 1974, when newer quarters were completed just down the road.
Inside are photographs of the early Aberdeen–Westport plank road, cranberry and logging industry exhibits, and Coast Guard memorabilia. Out front in glass cases are gray whale, minke whale, sea lion, and porpoise skeletons.
Also on the grounds is a building housing the massive lens from the Destruction Island Lighthouse. Built in 1888, it was replaced in 1995 by an automated light.
On weekends March–May, the museum offers talks about whales and whale-watching; also check out the interesting video on fish trapping.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition