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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  • Let me start of by saying that the exhibits are really neat! Unfortunately the staff is lacking! I'm not sure if they are volunteers are actual paid employees, but there is one in particular that is so miserable and unhappy that she literally screamed at the children in our homeschool group. It was so uncomfortable that we left immediately. The kids were having an amazing field trip prior, so this was extremely disheartening to have it end this way. I would recommend that the employees reevaluate if they actually want to work with the general public, and if so learn to interact accordingly. This is especially important in a position where you are dealing with malleable young minds. We do not plan to go back anytime soon.
  • Anything on the Long Beach is pretty darn good!! Got a few awesome books here and the museum is very interesting. They've done a great job preserving our wonderful American history!
  • I attended a quilt show and discovered this wonderful little museum telling the story of this region. Im a little embarrassed to have not stopped in before. This is the perfect spot for multigenerational family visits. I loved the mesuem and the gift shop.
  • Visited the Quilt Show, but also wandered through the Museum. The gift shop is good too!
  • This place is located in Illwaco WA and hosts all types of events. We have been here for Pinball exhibit and several Quilt shows Neat small town and the scenery is great.
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