Online Tools and Downloadable Templates

One of the biggest challenges anyone faces in creating their own community based maritime museum is just knowing where to start and how to start.  These are also issues that Dick Wagner was facing as he built The Center for Wooden Boats. Dick has consulted with cities all over the world who want to create their own hands-on maritime museum. He’s helped train their boards of directors, given guidance on how to develop sponsors and donors, and has helped them work on the kinds of maritime programs they might want to consider offering.

Thanks to funding from 4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington, CWB is trying to collect documents, templates, training guide and other tools to share with the community. There’s no charge; people are free to download these documents and to change them to make them useful in other communities. All we ask is that when someone asks you “How did you create this wonderful hands-on community museum?” you share all of this information with them too.

To get started, here is a general overview of Building a Small Craft Maritime Museum in the Northwest.


The Coos Bay Boat Building Center was established in 2009 to honor and extend the maritime heritage of Coos Bay, Oregon. Click here to download a copy of their Board of Directors Training Sessions agenda.


For information about securing funding, click here to read Dick Wagner’s contribution to Navigator’s Report.


For information about communications and media relations, click here.


For information about public programming and the benefits of direct experiences, click here.

To see a proposed calendar of events, click here.




This page is currently under construction. More to come!