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Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum

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Address: 92331 Coastguard Hill Rd, Port Orford, OR 97465-8655
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Amazing History

After hiking the Coast Guard trail (amazing views), we stopped at the museum. This museum is so well done with amazing artifacts and telling about the history of the coast guard... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2016
Bandon, Oregon

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Citrus Heights, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sailors posted to this station back in the day had nice views, good quarters and it was probably considered "good duty" - until bad weather hit and they were required to try to rescue boats that ran aground or hit underwater rocks off the coast. Then life was tough and scary, no doubt. You can see where and how... More 

Bandon, Oregon
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

After hiking the Coast Guard trail (amazing views), we stopped at the museum. This museum is so well done with amazing artifacts and telling about the history of the coast guard in the area. Highly recommend seeing if you enjoy maritime history.

1 Thank nlbailey
Fredericksburg, Texas
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

The Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum reflects an era when the US Coast Guard rescued ships in peril at sea. Exhibits are very informative. Admission by donation.

1 Thank travelgirl1249
Rialto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Loved the Lifeboat Museum. It provided a history of the area with good displays. Plus, there was a restored life boat outside. We enjoyed the Tower Trail and looking down to where the lifeboats launched. You could just imagine the men going up and down the cliff carrying the jerry cans filled with gas for the boats.There are picnic tables... More 

1 Thank Diane C
Waterford, Wisconsin
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95 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

We wondered what was going on when we kept driving and driving uphill to a lifeboat station, but I'm glad we persevered. It's staffed by volunteers, and the gentleman who was "manning" the station was delightful. He told us so many stories. The original Coast Guard men were amazing--having to run down over 500 steps to get to their lifeboat!... More 

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Chico, California
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65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

A great museum and wonderful history of all of the men that saved lives here in the ocean rescues in their lifeboats. Lots of information, pictures, videos, and truly worth a visit. Many hiking trails, and we did all of them. Gorgeous ocean views, and you can take a trail and hike to where you can overlook and see where... More 

1 Thank TravelGoddess61
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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

The museum is ok. The best part is the old wooden life boat outside, under cover, immaculately restored. In addition several trails traverse the heads. Follow the one furthest north from the boat to the end of the pathLook down over the cliffs. On most days you'll see a flat rock full of sunbathing seals. Without the crowds or the... More 

1 Thank Jackbirdie
Napa Valley, California
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

Visited this museum and was very surprised how nice it was. Very informative on the life of the Coast Guard crew there. Great hike out to the bluff above the ocean. Even saw two whales.

1 Thank Michael- B
Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is a very interesting museum - one of those surprising places that makes travelling so much fun. We almost missed seeing it - sloppy research pre-travel. The museum has a lot of interesting material, and the walk along the cliffs and down to the old boatshed is lovely. A great insight into a past age.

1 Thank Bruce454
Sonoma, California, United States
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

You really get a feel for what it was like for the Coast Guard living and working at this site, and the incredibly brave work they did saving lives.

1 Thank Margie M

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