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Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria

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Learn about maritime history and explore cutting-edge exhibits at Columbia River Maritime Museum. The Great Hall and six galleries cover 4,090 sq m (44,000 sq ft) and contain over 30,000 objects, including aspects of maritime history from maps and navigation instruments to scrimshaw. Try your hand as a pilot in a tugboat simulator or experience what it would be like to be at the wheel of a ship mid-storm. Marvel at the views of the Columbia River through the giant windows on the north side of the museum and tour the Lightship Columbia docked right outside. See Columbia River Maritime Museum and all Astoria has to offer by arranging your trip with our Astoria trip builder.
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  • Excellent museum! A lot was learned about maritime history, and particularly the history of the Columbia River.  more »
  • This had been recommended by a neighbor and it's full of exhibits that teach you a lot about Columbia River and Oregon History. We never got bored, but we were pretty warn out when we finally left. We...  more »
  • We loved this museum and learned SO much. We have a new found respect for the Coast Guard. There is a school here who teach rough water rescue - only one in the US! Also much information on the river ...  more »
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  • The museum is bigger than it looks. There are so many interesting exhibits that you can sit and read that you can easily spend a couple of hours here. The gift shop is nice and the volunteers working here are very friendly and willing to share information about their community.
  • Great museum with lots of interactive displays(including old coast guard and sailing ship). Handicap accessible except ship. Very nice staff that can answer most questions. Need to go a few times to really check it out.
  • It was really interesting. The WWII area was particularly great. The information about the Japanese flags was emotionally charged. Enjoyed touring the light boat as well.
  • Wonderful, super interesting museum that impresses with the tales of the Most Dangerous Bar Crossing. Many special family friendly events, 3D movies, great gift shop. There are also workshops and periodic seminars. Hands-on demonstrations and displays.
  • Fantastic museum. Plan to spend some time here. You can also board a lighthouse ship on the dock. Great of all ages

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Luxury hotels and historical inns offer scenic views over the Columbia River. To experience the surrounding countryside as Lewis and Clark did, consider camping at one of the campsites on the outskirts of town, or rent a cabin near the river's shores.
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