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Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center

Odyssey, The Maritime Discovery Center explores the maritime community's influence on our lives through commercial fishing, shipping, trade, transportation, recreation and marine protection. Odyssey is comprised of four galleries with more than 40 hands-on exhibits. Below are some of the adventures awaiting discovery in these galleries!

Waterlink Gallery

This gallery is a focal point for assembling visitors and for holding public programs such as lectures, demonstrations, and briefings. With a forty-foot ceiling, 4,000 square feet, and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the pier, city, and water, the gallery serves as home to abstract sculptures that symbolize the maritime industries, ocean trade, fisheries, and the marine environment.

The Waterway

Meandering from the entrance to the back of the museum, the Waterway connects each of Odyssey's galleries. In addition, the Waterway houses a rotating set of images and artifacts relevant to the maritimes.

Sharing the Sound Gallery

Discover the magnificence of the Puget Sound as a diverse natural habitat and how it is shared for recreational and commercial use.

At the Helm:

Try your hand at navigating a ship through Elliott Bay in this simulation from the helm of a freighter.

Harborwatch:

What happens on the working waterfront? This gallery has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbor with a close-up view of one of the busiest ports in the country. Listen to real-time ship traffic and identify the many cargo vessels and their loads.

Vessel Construction:

How are ferries and other ships built? This exhibit offers a case study in the modular assembly of the Jumbo Mark II class of superferries. Find out about ship design and the skills and trades needed to build them.

Chips at Sea:

Find out where the real high tech world is -- in navigating, communicating, piloting, and charting -- and how it contributes to marine safety.

Canoes to Cruise Ships:

Wondering about that cruise to Alaska? Travel the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska and experience the breathtaking wonder and beauty of this region.

Kayak Journey:

Got cold feet when it comes to kayaks? Try a simulated kayak ride through the inlets and bays of the Puget Sound!

Sound Survey:

What is really at the bottom of the sea? Examine the ocean floor and learn about the technology of navigational charting and seafloor exploration.

Sound System Centerpiece:

What can individuals, companies, and communities do to protect our waters?

Sound System Discovery Stations:

Revealing the Sound:

Explore the physical environment of Puget Sound and examine the relationship between oceanography and pollution.

Sound Creatures:

Meet some of the intriguing residents of Puget Sound whose habitat we are trying to protect.

Elliott Bay:

Learn about environmental cleanup and restoration efforts throughout the Elliott Bay/Duwamish corridor.

Wetland Restoration:

Where is the first successful cleanup of a marine Superfund site taking place? In our own Puget Sound!

Wild Salmon:

What role does the Puget Sound play in the life cycle of salmon and how can we enhance our estuaries?

Shellfish:

Discover the many sources of non-point pollution that threaten our productive oyster beds.

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Odyssey is comprised of four galleries with more than 40 hands-on exhibits.
Odyssey is comprised of four galleries with more than 40 hands-on exhibits.

Most of the cargo coming by ship to the Port of Seattle is in container boxes. The largest ships can carry over 5000 containers, each 40' long
Most of the cargo coming by ship to the Port of Seattle is in container boxes. The largest ships can carry over 5000 containers, each 40' long

The U.S. Coast Guard fleet is comprised of cutters and boats -- cutters are vessels 65' and greater in length and have living space for the crew. Boats can be as small as 12' in length.
The U.S. Coast Guard fleet is comprised of cutters and boats -- cutters are vessels 65' and greater in length and have living space for the crew. Boats can be as small as 12' in length.

   
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