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Columbia River Maritime Museum

1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103-3525
+1 503-325-2323
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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 18 August 2016 via mobile

Very well done story of Astoria as salmon canning world center and of the history of the mouth of the Columbia River, which has always been especially challenging to navigate. Special "pilots" and "bat crossing specialists" are necessary to help ships cross safely. There was...More

Thank nlcu
Reviewed 17 August 2016

We visited here on a rainy Astoria day. It is large enough to entertain you for a couple of hours, but not so large that you cannot see it all in a reasonable amount of time. Some highlights include the information about "Crossing the Bar"...More

1  Thank lplsally
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Another must see in Astoria. 3D theater, restored train depot. Beautiful waterfront. The Bowpicker is right across the street for great fish and chips. Really cool and worth your time.

Thank bv2000
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

This Museum is a fabulous tribute to so many who have lost their lives on the Columbia River when the Pacific Ocean meets it and to those who dedicate protecting future lives. It also is an amazing history lesson about this amazing force of nature...More

Thank Condocat
Reviewed 15 August 2016

What a great museum. Lots of life size displays. Great way of learning about where the Columbia River meets the Pacific. The Coast Guard display was very effective getting a sense of the waters they experienced.

Thank Rick S
Reviewed 15 August 2016

This is an absolutely great museum. Earlier on our trip to the Northwest, we experienced the Washington State History Museum. While it is still the best museum I have ever visited, the Columbia River Maritime Museum ranks right up there with it. I spent almost...More

Thank Sid R
Reviewed 14 August 2016

The Columbia River Maritime Museum is located on the waterfront in downtown Astoria, Oregon. Replicated fishing boats, Coast Guard rescue missions, and salmon in an underground stream add to the intrigue and storytelling of life at the confluence of the Columbia River and the mighty...More

1  Thank klperi
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Was invited to go by the Chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees. A truly amazing museum. Many exhibits and definitely a historical and informative museum. Not boring. Wish I had had my three grandchildren with me. There is a fully stocked museum shop where...More

Thank Andy J
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

I really didn't want to go here, but my kids wanted to go. They loved it. It's a very interesting museum and they loved being able to explore the ship next door. The gift shop is a little pricey but the staff are friendly and...More

Thank Lisa P
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Four of us visited and found it to be very interesting. They have a nice variety of exhibits. I liked being able to see the boat that crossed the ocean from Japan after Tsunami and the Japanese flags and the efforts to return them to...More

Thank By_His_Grace
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Katie L
Does it cost money?
21 June 2017|
Response from NXTTRP | Reviewed this property |
There is a cost for the Museum, I suspect the website would include that information. There's an additional cost to tour the Lightship, but I would inquire as to the presence of docents on the day you are there. I would not... More
We are coming into Astoria on a cruise ship. How far is museum from the port? Also, is there public transportation available?
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.)
Is this museum a good fit for a 13 and 14 year old?
14 June 2016|
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Response from Joan M | Reviewed this property |
This museum is excellent for 13 and 14 year olds. Outstanding dispslays on Coast Guard and rescues, historical and even more recent exhibits on the fishing and fish processing/canning industries, beautiful models of old... More