Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria

4.7
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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  • We stopped here on our Oregon coast trip. I’m a history buff, and this place fit my tastes. Lots of artifacts and explanations of what things were used for. One of my favorite parts was the displays o...  more »
  • Spent two hours exploring this museum as well as watching a 3D movie on the experience on an Aircraft Carrier. Also went aboard the Columbia ship docked next to the museum. A lot of wonderful hands on...  more »
  • This museum is a must see. It frequently earns distinction for rotating displays & is considered on of the top maritime museum in the country. They provide educational courses in old-time skills such ...  more »
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  • Great place! Full of amazing history and fun activities for kids to learn too and not get too bored. I loved learning about ships and some of the controls on their play one. It was definitely a lot of fun for my family and myself. Not to mention my favorite part was touring the light house boat. Such a neat place!
  • Really great museum for adults and kids. 3-d movie of hurricanes. Actual fishing, whaling and coast guard boats on display. Interesting exhibits with good clear explanations. Great gifts shops with a lot of WW II new memorabilia. Uniques fun gifts of the area. Well worth the price of admissions and great bathrooms with plenty of stalls. Free parking!
  • A very well done museum, if you are interested in anything boats, sailing, exploration, etc. Some exceptionally well done displays. Felt modern and not like I was looking at the same displays from 15 years ago. Enjoyed touring the boat put back that was a boat light house the was anchored 5 miles outside of the mouth of the Columbia river for over 25 years. Some well done videos explaining a lot about the dangers of the Columbia River bar and how they help ship navigate up the Columbia River safely. Thought the $14 admission price was a bit high.
  • I understand that it is a museum and they need to make $ to stay open. But, for the maximum hour it takes to go through this venue reading everything on the walls it is super expensive. With that being said it still shows some great history, the staff is nice and knowledgable. I still say check it out! And yes, the facility was clean along with the bathrooms!
  • Very interesting and educational. A lot of good exhibits and very good information as one can learn a lot about the history of Astoria and the birth and growth of the shipping industry and how Portland became a seaport. One learn how and why it is called the graveyard of the Pacific at the mouth of the Columbia River.
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