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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Got cold feet when it comes to kayaks? Try a simulated kayak ride through the inlets and bays of the Puget Sound!
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.
Meet some of the intriguing residents of Puget Sound whose habitat we are trying to protect.
Learn about environmental cleanup and restoration efforts throughout the Elliott Bay/Duwamish corridor.
Where is the first successful cleanup of a marine Superfund site taking place? In our own Puget Sound!
What role does the Puget Sound play in the life cycle of salmon and how can we enhance our estuaries?
Discover the many sources of non-point pollution that threaten our productive oyster beds.