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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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1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103-3525
+1 503-325-2323
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We've always wanted to go to the museum and decided to make time to do so. So glad we did ~ what a great history lesson and interesting day spent walking through the entire museum! Be sure to go visit ~ it may be only...More

Thank MommaVino
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd been to Astoria several times and walked right past since I had a big dog along. When I finally went in in August, I was sorry I had waited so long. The focus may be narrower than the Smithsonian's, but the quality and depth...More

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 1 week ago

If shipwrecks, Coast Guard rescues, fishing, and maritime lore intrigue you, this museum is definitely worth a stop. Although the brochure claims two hours are needed to see the whole museum, we spent the entire day there and still only went through half of the...More

Thank Rachel S
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in the history of the Columbia River, or Coast Guard rescue boats, this is a "must-see" attraction. We could have spent 3 hours there. One note! The museum also owns a retired Coast Guard Lightship that is moored next to the...More

Thank RivertoRidgeRay
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots to see! The 3-D movie about hurricanes was awesome! Offered a good insider perspective of the impact of hurricanes . The museum offered lots of history of the Columbia River and surrounding area.

Thank Jennifer W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its not the most amazing museum we have ever visited but it was a nice one hour break from the beach life of Seaside. Our kids especially enjoyed the green screen where they could pretend to be meteorologists and the large life size coast guard...More

Thank EdPlateau
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed this museum. I'm terrible at geography and didn't know anything about the Columbia River. I was so glad we stopped here first before exploring Astoria because it really helped me understand the importance of the river. I was WAY impressed with the...More

Thank Natsy42
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have done an excellent job in displaying the history of the region, and the challenges of this maritime environment. The 3D movie was very good... but the viewing room was only fair. The display of the Coast Guard rescue missions was impressive.

Thank Alan G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my second visit and I still haven't seen it all. The history of the bar is si interesting. One would not realize how dangerous it is. I like the way the museum has organized the different aspects of the history of the area,...More

Thank ada11s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My only regret about the Columbia River Maritime Museum is that I could not enjoy it more. On the day I visited, I had to return to Portland to catch a train the following day and was dreading the trip as I had gotten lost...More

Thank CoyMarie
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1 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.)