Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Ilwaco

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Located in the center of Ilwaco, WA the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is the place to explore the crossroads of history where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Displays illustrate local history from the earliest times when the Chinook Indians thrived in this region to the settlement years when European immigrants made this peninsula a year-round home and profited from fishing, logging. and tourism.

The Museum is home to the NAHCOTTA, a Pullman built narrow gauge car that rolled along the Ilwaco Rail and Navigation Company's 27 miles of track from Ilwaco to Nahcotta. Since a tide table not a time table governed the railroad schedule this quirky narrow gauge railroad was called "The Irregular Rambling and Never-Get-There-Railroad."
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  • If you want to learn more about the local area and people, this is the place to do it. A pleasant place to visit, with knowledgeable staff and volunteers to answer your questions. They rotate exhibits...  more »
  • The hand-powered boat journey across the Pacific was the highlight of the visit. The rest of the exhibits were more-or-less average. But if you live inland in the US this might be a good place to get ...  more »
  • Spending the summer getting to explore the Pacific northwest, and this area in particular, has been so fun, and this museum really added to my research. No, it's not glitzy and shiny new, but it is fi...  more »
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  • They offer educational speakers. We went to learn about razor clamming. Enjoyed it and learned a lot. The museum was extremely interesting too.
  • A great place to visit and learn about the areas rich history. I love each of their exhibits and events and the staff couldn't be more engaging. Definitely one of the better museums I've been to!
  • Fun to visit to learn about the peninsula and Thursday's are free admission!
  • Great local museum! The breadth of exhibits was surprisingly broad. The museum has a prominently positioned native people's exhibit with more information that just material culture. Facsimiles of 19th century treaty agreements were presented alongside explanations of their current relevance. There are galleries about the development of railroad, white settlement, and then tourist economies and culture. Two (!) different working model railroads! The staff were very helpful and enthusiastic.
  • Large well said our museum of local history. Lots of interesting info on native Americans and railroads and fishing

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