We can also open it for group tours by special arrangement, donations greatly appreciated. Please Contact the Museum.
Artillery Hill Walking Tours start in the grassy field near Battery Randol at 1 PM on Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. These guided tours can take as long as two hours depending on the interest level of the visitors, but you may join or leave at any time. Tours go along the main gun line (10 and 12 inch Barbette guns), including down into some of the hallways and storage rooms underneath, walk around and through Battery Benson (2 10 inch Disappearing guns), up through the Ready Tunnel to the underground Cistern. and finally to the HECP. For those that have time, the tour can continue to the Mortar Batteries and the underground Plotting Room there. Bring a flashlight if you can.
Walking Tours are also available for groups of 5 or more by special arrangement, donations greatly appreciated. For larger groups we can provide additional guides. Please Contact the Museum.
The Coast Artillery Museum will be hosting the Military Vehicle Show again in 2016. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.
Vehicles will be parked in the field behind the main gun line at the top of the hill. Camp will be set up starting on Friday with displays and vehicles open for viewing Friday through Monday from 10 AM to 4 PM. They will be setting up camp on Friday so not everyone will be there that day. On Saturday and Sunday free rides to and from the top of the hill will be provided in some of the vehicles (including jeeps, ambulances and troop transports depending on the availability and schedule of the vehicle owners). Rides and tours may also be available on Friday afternoon and Monday morning, please check back for updates as we get closer. Because the vehicles are privately owned, and the owners usually need to work to pay their bills, different vehicles will come and go over the weekend depending on the owner's schedules. The best time to see the most vehicles will be Saturday and possibly Sunday.
On Saturday and Sunday tours of the Harbor Entrance Control Post will be available from 11-3 and the Mortar Battery Plotting Room will be open. There will be a guided walking tour of the gun line starting in the grassy field near Battery Randol at 1 PM on Saturday.
Parking will be available near the Coast Artillery Museum next to the Parade Ground, or in the field at the gate to Artillery Hill. We encourage visitors to support Washington State Parks by buying a Discover Pass, and one is required to park near the gate. We will have temporary passes available at the gate for those who don't have a Discover Pass, but you must ask for one. A Pass is not required to park near the Museum. As we do all year, we will be selling the Discover Pass at the Museum with no markup so it's cheaper than most places you can buy it.
Rides to and from the top of the hill will available from the gate and also from the Museum. Rides will stop at the Museum, the gate, the Mortar Plotting Room, the HECP and camp as needed. You may get on and off at any of the stops.
The Washington Civil War Association will be setting up camp on the Parade Ground and open to the public from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. They will also be sponsoring an 1800's Contra Dance in the USO building on Saturday September 3 from 8 PM to 11:30 PM. See their website for more information. Donations are appreciated. Everything is paid for and displayed by volunteers who enjoy sharing the history, donations help keep their out of pocket expenses to a reasonable level.
There is no charge for the rides, to visit the exhibits or to take any of the CAM sponsored tours on the hill. All the vehicles and displays are privately owned and maintained and the exhibitors are always grateful for donations to help cover costs. Normal admission fees to CAM apply, as always admission is free for active duty service members (partners and dependents are half price) and children ages 5 and younger are let in for free.
The Coast Artillery Museum participated in the Washington State Parks First Day Hikes program in 2014 and 2015. State Parks sponsors guided walks in numerous Parks around the State on New years Day. At Fort Worden CAM led guided tours of the gun batteries and Harbor Entrance Control Post on top of Artillery Hill.