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Columbia River Maritime Museum

1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103-3525
+1 503-325-2323
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Oregon Coast Day Trip from Portland: Astoria and Cannon Beach
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A museum celebrating the history of ship travel on the Columbia River.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“maritime museum” (195 reviews)
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1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103-3525
+1 503-325-2323
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

So much to see and presented so well. Understanding 'crossing the bar' has a new meaning for us as the Columbia and the Pacific meet in one of the most dangerous places in the world. I've heard of a lightship but had never seen one....More

Thank dgale222
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Very interesting. Covers in great detail the history of the Columbia River marine history as well as the many tragic ship sinkings. The U.S. Coast Guard section is very interesting as well as the light ship Columbia tour.

Thank Jack & Barb... J
Reviewed 13 October 2016

My wife and I hit this museum up during a motorcycle trip during the summer (90F+ heat). Upon arrival at opening, we got prime parking. When we paid, the staff fully stepped forward and took our gear (jackets and helmets (complete with $200+ communicators and...More

Thank Alex L
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Visited the Columbia River Maritime Museum with family. The experience was both fun and affordable. The exhibits are first rate. The Museum staff is very welcoming. I highly recommend!

Thank sandopdx
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Definitely learned a lot about the tides and challenges of crossing the Columbia into the Pacific Ocean. The museum had interactive maps to show shipwrecks and did a great job explaining the challenges that fisherman and coast guards have dealing with the water and the...More

Thank RoadTrippingWests
Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is a value priced museum to learn about the history of the Columbia River. Everything from the history of fishing in the area, to the amazing job of the harbor pilots and the role the US Coast Guard plays in keeping the area safe...More

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 10 October 2016

We would say this is a must see if you are in Astoria. Very well done exhibits and a lot of history on display and specific to the area. It was a great way to get to know more about the Columbia River and the...More

Thank jengled
Reviewed 10 October 2016

The exhibits in this museum explained the history of navigating the Columbia River and the boats used starting with the native Americans. We learned about the uniquely treacherous waters at the mouth of the river and "crossing the bar". There were exhibits about the fishing...More

Thank Kathleen2cats
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Well worth the modest entrance fee. You could easily spend hours in this museum exploring the wonderful displays full of information about the Columbia River and Astoria. Two tips - (1) go through the exhibits counterclockwise when you get into the main exhibit area (they'll...More

Thank NYCTvlr
Reviewed 9 October 2016

A very nice museum, many good exhibits and information. A nice way to spend the a few hours. I learned many things I didn't know about the Columbia River, navigation and the Coast Guard.

Thank NewMexicoGrammer
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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
Katie L
21 June 2017|
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Response from TraipsingTraveler | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is an admission charge. It includes boarding The Columbia ship located behind the museum.
18 September 2016|
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Response from Janet355 | Reviewed this property |
The museum is about two miles from the port. There will be a shuttle bus from the cruise ship to take you to the museum and bring you back to the ship. (I believe it runs every 20 minutes.)