Effective Friday March 13, 2020 the Board of the Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum decided that in order to protect our volunteers and visitors the museum would need to close for an indefinite amount of time. Our thoughts are with everyone dealing with the COVID-19 situation.
While the State Park is still open, most other facilities and services at Fort Worden are closed but a number of the Partners are putting programs and classes online. News updates about the Fort in general can be found on the Fort Worden Blog. Partner's websites can be found on the Fort Worden Onsite Programs page. Things change daily and you'll have to check individual Partner's websites to see what they're doing. Not everyone will have time to update them regularly.
Follow the guidelines from government agencies to protect yourself and people you interact with. Chances are good that you will eventually catch COVID-19, and you may be lucky and only have a mild case, but you can spread it to others who may not be as lucky. What you absolutely don't want to do is get deathly sick while the health care system is overwhelmed. Every person who can delay getting sick helps to flatten the curve.
The museum is located in Building 201 (one of the original 1904 Barracks) next to the Park Office at Fort Worden. It is open 365 days/year 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission: Effective April 1, 2013 rates are $4 adults, $2 ages 6-12, and a $10 family value package covering 2 generations. Admission is free for children ages 5 and younger and active duty service members. Effective August 15, 2014 partners and dependents of active duty military service members pay half price. Group rates are available for students, scouts and similar organizations by prior arrangement. Please Contact the Museum.
Help support Washington State Parks, purchase a Discover Pass. Passes are available at (click on the names for a Google Map) the Friends of Fort Worden Gift Shop (in their new location), the Coast Artillery Museum at Fort Worden, the Registration Desk in the Commons, and some other Fort Worden Partners for $30 without any additional charges so you save $5. Because the Partners sell the Pass at cost without any markup, some only take cash or checks. The Coast Artillery Museum, the Gift Shop and the Registration Desk in the Commons can accept credit cards.
Visit Fortworden.org for information about accommodations and events at the Fort.
Due to conflicts with our volunteers' schedules we are not able to offer regular tours of the HECP this summer. You are welcome to contact the museum to see if we have a volunteer available for a special tour or if someone is up there working on a project you will probably be able to get in.
We can also do a guided Walking Tour of Artillery Hill starting in the grassy field near Battery Randol. The walking tour covers 1-1.5 miles and can last up to 2 hours if people are interested. A flashlight is advised, but not required. Donations are always appreciated. The guide will be happy to accept donations on behalf of the Museum. We also have a donation box at the HECP when it's open, and always at the Museum.
The tours are available for groups at any time by special arrangement, please call the Museum at (360) 385-0373 to discuss it.
For those unable to walk to the top of the hill we can arrange for a limited number of vehicles to transport people up the hill, you will still need to be able to navigate uneven ground and some stairs to make the tour itself. Outside of arranged tours, you can check in at the Registration Office in the Commons and present a Washington State disabled parking pass or equivalent to make arrangements to drive to the top of the hill. Because of the condition of the road restrictions apply.