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Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Ilwaco

(4.1/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This small elite museum holds the local heritage of the peninsula. You can explore the Crossroads of History, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. During the year the museum features inte...  more »
  • My husband and I were just going to take a quick tour through this museum but ended up staying an hour and a half! The docents and volunteers were very knowledgeable and the exhibits or exceptional. A...  more »
  • I learned lots about the bridge not much about Ilwaco though! In some ways it was good with the part about the Native people but it seemed to lack a flow. I liked the model trains but they were somewa...  more »
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  • Has a variety of exhibits about the Chinook, Lewis and Clark, trains and more. Upstairs is a small but very moving exhibit about Gerard D'Aboville who paddled from Japan to here. Took him over 100 days and what an amazing feat and story. There is a current exhibit about the Megler and Union Pacific ferries and building of the Astoria bridge. Well done.
  • Great place to visit. They have divided to few different areas. My favorite one is gallery. When you walk in, make you feel like in wax museum. Don't miss to go upstairs and put a quarter in to see the old toy train running in long historic built.