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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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  • First time here. This museum doesn't get as much attention as the Lewis Clark one up the street, but I found it just as informative. The overall building and interior could use a renovation but for 5....  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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.
  • One of my favorite local museums. Super friendly staff and great displays. The lower Columbia has a lot of history to share.
  • Very interesting, nice gift shop.
  • Wonderful! Celebrating our local area's history and achievements.
  • 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.