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Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria

Categories: Bodies of Water, Specialty Museums, Museums, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.8/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
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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  • Visited Astoria on Cruise. What can I say - it is a curious and charming place . The efforts of Volunteers to welcome visitors to the town/area is fantastic - we are from Scotland . The Museum is poss...  read more »
  • Even for folks who normally don't like museums very much, this is worth a visit. Can do it in about 2 hours and its very informative from a history perspective. Well maintained with lots of volunteers...  read more »
  • This museum is an absolute must do while in Astoria. We learned so much about this charming town, it's history and the mighty Columbia that we never would have known otherwise. Not particularly kid-fr...  read more »
  • 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.
  • The Maritime Museum is a great place to learn about the history of boats in Astoria. There are also little movies that play about little things like birds or sharks. And since there are three pokestops here it is very popular place.
  • Great spot has 3 pokestops so obviously very popular oh and good tour and stuff inside too but I caught dratini there so.
  • Maritime history isn't something I know much about, and this beautiful museum does a great job of sharing this rich and intriguing history. I especially love the cultural context of the history and how it has changed over time. It's a beautiful location and certainly worth a visit. I would love to give this beautiful museum the full five stars, and I would if I wasn't rating it as a mother. I had been told before buying my family's annual membership that it was kid friendly. The truth is that it has little to engage kids. My expectations had probably been too high, and It turns out that the one room with activities for kids didn't include very much at all (although it does change...the next time it has even less for them to do) With kids ages 10, 7 and 2 of both genders, I was hoping that they would have something to really capture their interest. It turns out that they only really love the OMNIMAX theater, which isn't even about the maritime history. Personally, I've enjoyed and learned as much as one can when visiting a museum with three children under the age of 10. Lastly, I've really enjoyed the rotating exhibits, especially the current photography Inside Astoria, from the perspective of windows looking out around Astoria. It's beautiful and the opening was a lot of fun, even with kids. ;-)
  • This is a first class museum. The history of Astoria as told from a Maritime point of view, is presented with great perspective. The importance of the pilot fleet to all shipping throughout the Columbia river based shipping is a must-see part of the facilities. I will go back to see this museum, when I am in Astoria, again in the future. One just cannot take it all in within one visit.
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