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Oregon Maritime Museum

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Address: Pine St, SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204
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+1 503-224-7724
11:00 - 16:00
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Wed 11:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Oregon Maritime Museum is housed on the historic steam-powered...

The Oregon Maritime Museum is housed on the historic steam-powered sternwheel ship-assist tugboat, the PORTLAND, which is docked on the foot of Pine St and Naito Parkway. The PORTLAND is a gem of a boat - she has been lovingly restored from pilot house to engine room. Artifacts displayed on the cabin deck represent a small fraction of the deep history of the working river in the Portland/Vancouver region. Guided tours take you through the entire boat, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Include us on your next stop to the Saturday Market. We are a dedicated group who welcome your local support!

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A little gem!

This museum is small but full of interesting history with thorough docent-led tours of this working paddle boat! Families, history buffs and maritime enthusiasts will not be... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2016
San Francisco
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San Francisco
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This museum is small but full of interesting history with thorough docent-led tours of this working paddle boat! Families, history buffs and maritime enthusiasts will not be disappointed by this charming attraction. Enhance your walk along the riverfront by checking it out!

Thank ShamrockGo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is a really great ship . The Docents are really enthusiastic and really seem to have a passion for this boat. Margaret led our tour and she had such a vast knowledge and really seem to love showing us around and he passion was catching. @ 7 dollars a person this was a really good value and would be... More 

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Viera, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Although there is are some related exhibits the Oregon Maritime Museum is really all about a two-piston steam-driven tug, which is the site of the museum. That being said, it featues a very thorough and interesting tour of this boat, constructed in about 1947, and guided by knowledgable and articulate docents. Tour includes pilot house and boiler room and makes... More 

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Bedford, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016

This review is not based on my visit. It is more of a helpful tip in case you are interested in going to this attraction on the weekend. I was so glad I checked their website for any information about them closing on weather-inclement days (it was suppose to rain the day we visited and I wanted to make sure... More 

1 Thank TSP2014
oregon coast
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Reviewed 1 November 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of the steam powered tug moored on the willamette river downtown. We had a docent guide us through all aspects of the ship and how it worked. there is also a gift shop with used books covering nautical topics

1 Thank sealrocker
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 1 November 2015

We visited the Oregon Maritime Museum on a rainy Sat. afternoon and had a delightful tour of this paddle boat from the 1940s. This museum on the water that's a short walk from the Sat. Farmer's Market I only open a few days during the week and with a tour guide. Yet the waters of the Willamette come alive with... More 

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Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

This was very interesting!! They survive off donations too! Just wish we had more time to wander around the boat and learn more. Do the tour though... Its really helpful!

1 Thank Kristinelosh
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

I wanted my husband to see some museums, so I was excited to read about this one. It was closed with very limited hours. We ended sitting by the river watching lunch time strollers/runners and transients.

1 Thank Anon58759
Southern Nevada
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Reviewed 29 July 2015

Portland is all about the two rivers, historically and nowadays. This museum, on the tug boat, is a work of art and so very well done. If you like water, boats and history, you can have it all here. The employees are intelligent and well informed. Take the tour.

1 Thank beetcanner
Portland, OR
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Reviewed 24 April 2015

Oregon Maritime Museum's main attraction, a restored paddle-wheel tugboat, lies at the foot of Oak Street, making it convenient for visitors to Old Town Portland, the Lan Su Garden, and the Pearl District. A modest admission charge covers a superior tour of the entire vessel, including the fascinating engine room. Volunteers painstakingly returned a wreck of a vessel to its... More 

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