Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

We're racing through history!

The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum is the nation's only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing.


Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum
5917 South 196th Street
Kent, WA 98032

Phone: (206) 764-9453
Email us


Open: 10am - 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.  Open till 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

General Admission:  $10
Seniors (60+) & Students under 16:  $5
Members & Children under 6:  Free



Hydro Fever Open House - May 19

On May 19th, The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum hosts its annual Hydro Fever Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is FREE.

Come and see your favorite vintage hydroplanes. The museum has one of largest collections of Gold Cup winning hydroplanes in the world, including the Slo-mo-shun V, Pay 'N Pak, Atlas Van Lines, and Miss Budweiser.

You can also tour the current restoration project, The Squire Shop.

Memorabilia vendors will be selling vintage buttons, pins and programs.

A noon live auction features rare hydroplane memorabilia to benefit the museum.

Casper model boat races are available for kids. Food and drink are available for purchase.

For more information, email info@thunderboats.org, or call (206) 764-9453.

News Posts

Hydro fever blends nostalgia with competition for die-hards

Posted by Hydroplane Museum on April 23, 2018 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

David Williams left his real-world job to live his dream. He occasionally drives hydros and works as executive director of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent.

Seafair's hydroplane races don't hold the same place in Seattle's…


Pay 'N Pak in a pool!

Posted by David D. Williams on March 21, 2018 at 3:00pm 1 Comment

The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum worked with a Hollywood production company to film a commercial for T-Mobile using Ken Muscatel's beautifully restored 1973 Pay 'N Pak hydroplane.

The boat along with four museum volunteers traveled to Los Angeles on March 5th and 6th. The theme of the Commercial is that…



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The Video Vault - Where History Comes Alive

The Video Vault is a private Group, on our web site, that provides Museum members access to hundreds of hours of hydroplane video footage. Some of the footage is very rare, not seen in public for decades. Here is how you can join!


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