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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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  • What a way to learn of this regions history and the significance of the maritime industry. Spend serious time listening to all of what makes up this unique geography has on this area. Then head to Cap...  more »
  • Really good exhibits with a mix of interactive and passive reading exhibits. Lots of interesting stories and historical information. Tickets allow entry to the Columbia, a lightship, essentially a flo...  more »
  • This museum is a well deserved tribute to the US Coast Guard, esp. their sea rescue work on the " Graveyard of the Pacific". The exhibits include info about the rescue history as well as about the fis...  more »
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  • For any interested in maritime history, this place is great. Really well put together exhibits. You can make it quickly through the museum if necessary, but I'd recommend at least an hour if you want to read the plaques. Be warned that the lightship might be closed due to wind or high tide. It was closed when we went, but they assured us that the next time we come (even if it's not anytime soon) we could bring our tickets and they'd let us tour the lightship. It was definitely a letdown to not be able to go onto the lightship but I understand the reasons and the museum alone was worth the admission price.
  • Great museum with a good variety of displays and themes. Definitely worth a stop, especially on a rainy day when you don't want to be outside anyway. I spent about 5 hours there with a friend, but we like to read just about everything. My only critique is that some of the displays presume a level of knowledge about nautical terminology that we didn't possess.
  • This is an amazing museum for anyone interested in the rich history of the northwest's fishing, trading, and seafaring industry. It spans many years worth of history, from native American fishing styles, to modern-day container shipping. There are several working boats that you can tour, and it is fascinating. A great place to check out by yourself or with family and friends.
  • At first glance, you think this is going to be boring and about a bunch of stupid boats. And yeah, it's boats, but there's so much more in there. There's a small fishing boat that managed to get to the Oregon Coast from the Japanese tsunami. There's a whole wing dedicated to the WW2. There's an actual bridge of a ship there. The museum is built AROUND the bridge, in fact. Totally worth the price of admission.
  • A great place to take the kids! The museum is well done with plenty of inspiring exhibits. With added bonuses like the Coast Gaurd cutters Steadfast, Alert and sternwheelers docked on Thursday and Friday. Feeling a little hungry take advantage of the great fish and chips from the bow picker located across the street from the museum. An absolutely must see when in Astoria.