The Columbia River Maritime Museum, founded in 1962, offers visitors to Astoria a chance to see one of the finest maritime museums on the West Coast. The 2002 remodeling expansion increased space to nearly 50,000 square feet. The museum includes not only the interactive displays and artifacts in the main building, but also several additional vessels including a WWII US Navy Destroyer and the historic Columbia Lightship.

Watch a short film, "The Great River of the West", which shows how the bar pilots battle winter storms or take in the exhibit called "Crossing the Bar: Perilous Passage", which looks at the forces that make the Columbia River bar one of the most dangerous in the world, and includes dramatic video.  There is also a very nice Museum Store where you can purchase gifts and souvenirs of your visit. 

New in 2013 is a 36 seat 3D theater bringing 3D to life in grand fashion onto the huge 16' x 9' screen and pure digital surround sound. Now playing SHARKS 3D, presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau through December 31, 2013.  Showtimes are daily every hour beginning at 10:00 am, with the last show at 4:00 pm.  Tickets are $5 each.  Museum admission not included.  Museum members are free. 

 The Museum is open every day from 9:30am - 5:00pm, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission is $12 Adult;  $10 Senior;  $5 Children.

Coast Guard boat at the museum:

 

"Rough Bar" warning sign:

 

Typical exhibit:

The Lightship Columbia at the Maritime Museum: