WE ARE NOW OPEN, albeit on a limited basis, and are in critical need of operating funds.

What are our financial challenges? 

  • Two-thirds of our operating budget is funded through earned income – admission tickets, gift shop sales, memberships, events, corporate sponsorships, and food services. Most of which was eliminated with the forced closure.
  • We are a non-profit that does not receive any public funding.
  • Our 2020 operating budget was reduced by nearly 60%, and while we have taken full advantage of pandemic grants, we still have an estimated shortfall of over $80,000-$100,000

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  • To safely reopen, we have invested significant resources to ensure our visitors, staff, and volunteers' health and well-being.

Together, we can continue to preserve and present the great history of Mason County. Your support will help sustain our amazing museum and allow us to continue telling the story of Mason County's maritime history to the thousands of visitors that come through our doors each year.

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Eighty-three years ago, we opened our doors to our first visitors and began preserving and presenting the history of Mason County. In a world where history is being destroyed or rewritten, the importance of preserving our history has taken on a sense of even greater urgency as we navigate these unprecedented times. Today we are facing a pandemic that, for the first time, has forced us to temporarily close the doors of the museums for 12 weeks, leading to a significant loss in revenue, even after taking full advantage of pandemic grants.
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