Forks, Washington: Beach Junk Tower and Museum

Retired plumber John Anderson has picked up tons of beach junk since 1976. He's built a tower of floats in his yard, and his museum is packed floor-to-ceiling with everything from false teeth to pieces of jet airliners.

John's Beachcombing Museum

143 Andersonville Ave., Forks, WA
John's Beachcombing Museum. North edge of town, on the west side of US Hwy 101. Turn onto Andersonville Ave. (a gravel road) and drive to the tower and museum, on the left.
Summer daily 10-5, otherwise by appt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $5.
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Beach Junk Tower and Museum

The Beach Junk Tower and Museum was one of the highlights of my trip. John was happy to answer all my questions and has some amazing knowledge to share. It's $5 for adults, which I gladly paid. I don't remember how much for kids (less than $5, maybe free?), but there are things specifically directed towards kids like a sand table, and a list of items to try to find, which I thought was a cute addition.

[Stephanie Hill, 07/04/2017]

Castaway Raggedy Anns.

Beach Junk Tower and Museum

Fascinating museum; bigger than expected. John has found and organized thousands (millions?) of items, from fossils and 400 hundred year old relics, to dolls and items from the Fukushima tsunami. He is a wealth of info and trivia. Glad we stopped!

[Loco4LLamas, 09/02/2016]

Beach debris from Japan tsunami.

Beach Junk Tower and Museum

What a wonderful museum and what a great curator John is. The museum is filled with a 40 years-plus collection of beach combing items. John has great stories about his finds. We also received a souvenir heart seed pod that floated in from the Amazon. He also has a mini gift shop area where you can purchase a glass float, John's very own weather telling device, and other goodies.

[Christy Shelton, 04/28/2016]

There's an exhibit of debris that floated thousands of miles across the Pacific from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

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