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. Using our world travel planner, Astoria attractions like Columbia River Maritime Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • More than recommended, I think it is mandatory to visit, to get an idea of ​​how hard it was and that is sometimes in winter life in Astoria. They have some super interesting videos. It also tells the...  more »
  • I didn't join in the Museum because it was closed. But I spent around him, that gets in the way along the edge of the River, toward Pier 39, sea lions.
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  • Wonderful place for all ages and very informative! Took our time and read most everything. Fishing, WW2, salmon etc all delved into. Learned a lot.  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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