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Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria

(4.7/5 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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  • This is nice for couple, olders folks and Family friendly! Great! Find time during you stay to visit it, do not forget to visit the big red boat out side, it a part of the whole pleasure.! 
  • I'm pretty scared by the ocean and coming from Boston I guess I'm unusual. But this place renewed my fear of the ocean. When the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean all heck breaks loose. This muse...  more »
  • We visited because we wanted to see the Lightship Columbia, and we did get to take a walk through. But we also learned a lot about the Columbia Bar (where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean), ...  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.