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Wooden Boat Day


Freda, photo courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum collection.

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Wooden Boat Day is presented by the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding and the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center.

noon–3 pm

Court of Honor (weather permitting, inside location: Gallery 12)

  • Live American Folkloric Sailing Music
  • Hands-on Art Making for Families: Assemble and Sail your Own Wooden Boat, while supplies last, with Andrea Rey and Martin Sweet.

noon–2 pm

Court of Honor (weather permitting, inside location: Gallery 10)

  • Knot-Tying Demonstrations and Workshop: Know your Knots! by Jon Pogorelskin, cartoonist and knot-tying expert

1–1:30 pm

Galleries 8, 10, and 12

  • Storytelling by Carla Steinberg, poet, storyteller, and literature professor

2–3 pm

Florence Gould Theater

  • Guest Lecture: The Pursuit of Grace:  My Life with Wooden Boats, by Robert Darr, director and head instructor and the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding. Mr. Darr’s talk was created in conjunction with photographer Scott Wall.

3:15–3:30 pm

Florence Gould Theater

  • Poetry Reading by Carla Steinberg

3:30–4:15 pm

Florence Gould Theater

Guest Lecture: Celestial Navigation, by Robert Darr

Ticket Information

Public programs are free after museum admission. No reservations are required.

Access to special exhibitions requires additional fees and tickets.


The Legion of Honor is pleased produce Wooden Boat Day in conjunction with Impressionists on the Water and in partnership with the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding and the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center.

The Fine Arts Museums’ Cultural Encounters programs are made possible through the generous support of the Hearst Foundations and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. Thanks to our media sponsor the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Contact Information
Gregory Stock