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Columbia River Maritime Museum

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A museum celebrating the history of ship travel on the Columbia River.
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1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103-3525
+1 503-325-2323
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a large museum dedicated to the maritime history of the Columbia river area and in particular the challenges posed by the river “bar”, that is the very turbulent area where the river waters meet the Pacific ocean. Artifacts depicting early nautical exploits and...More

Thank Dennis B
Reviewed 3 days ago

I quickly walked around and snapped photos, then hit the gift shop and did a geocache outside. Husband loved it and did the boat also. I hate ducking and dodging in small spaces, so I stayed on deck.

Thank grannyr24
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is tremendous learning experience about both the Coast Guard and the Columbia River bar. The selection of Coast Guard artifacts and boats can be seen nowhere else. ction footage of running the Columbia River bar in the worst storm conditions is amazing.

Thank Allan S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Ours was “the last cruise ship of the season.” Docked 1.7 miles from the museum; better to take the shuttle bus $6 round trip service. The museum is an Excellent demonstration of early NW coast exploration, the nature of America’s second greatest river interfacing the...More

Thank terrystanger
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to learn about Astoria, and her relationship with the Columbia River! Learn about the river's importance in American history, and to the fishing industry! Well worth the visit! IMAX-type movies optional! Located right on the river!

Thank Sunshine311921
Reviewed 1 week ago

Oh my gosh...where do I begin? This museum was definitely a highlight of our Oregon Coast road trip. We spent an entire afternoon wandering the museum and marveling at everything. Full size coast guard and fishing boats, interactive displays from knot tying to experiencing the...More

Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very well done museum. I enjoyed the 3D Movie about aircraft carriers. It was informative and well worth the extra $5 to see it, especially if your Dad has spent your entire life telling you about how he worked on an aircraft...More

Thank Kellyn H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum to spend the afternoon with many exhibits in including short films identifying the past storms and rescues. The graveyard board is interesting when u first walk in. Allow a couple hours to tour.

Thank Aqua456
Reviewed 1 week ago

An apropos museum at the Columbia Bar. A must-see attraction in Astoria. You can see the Astoria Column from the wharf. Admission allows you to tour the Lighthouse ship at the wharf. Very interesting and very well done museum.

Thank RepentedHipster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can make it thru this museum in about 2 hours if that’s all you have. But if you really want to learn as much as possible, you could spend much more. We spent about 4 hours and still missed some. It’s self guided so...More

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2 June 2018|
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Response from Brianne D | Reviewed this property |
We were there for an hour and a half—max you’d need is 2 hours.
Addie T
12 September 2017|
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Response from DEP3 | Reviewed this property |
You can go at your own pace. One could easily spend hours here, but you can also get a taste of what's there in 60-90 minutes. A bit rushed, but possible.
2 August 2017|
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Response from webatweb | Reviewed this property |
Shuttle is free Donations accepted Run by volunteers no association to ships