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Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

115 Lake St SE, Ilwaco, WA 98624-9198
+1 360-642-3446
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Had an exhibit of an amazing Pacific canoe journey

The hand-powered boat journey across the Pacific was the highlight of the visit. The rest of the... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2017
Seattle, Washington
Underappreciated gem of a museum

Spending the summer getting to explore the Pacific northwest, and this area in particular, has been... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2017
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Explore the crossroads of history where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Discover the history of the railroad that ran by the tide, fishing, logging and early explorers of the Columbia-Pacific region.
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  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
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115 Lake St SE, Ilwaco, WA 98624-9198
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

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 a feeling of this maritime environment and its...More

Thank saulsnatsky
Reviewed 3 August 2017

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 filled with so much information and items, there is...More

Thank UpNOut
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

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 5.00 it certainly was worth the price. This museum...More

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 30 January 2017

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 interesting exhibits, and the permanent exhibition galleries showcase the rich history the region.

Thank wendell01
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

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 great museum for this area rich with history.

Thank sheadogOregon
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

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 someway a part of the confusion...More

Thank BonsaiMe
Reviewed 20 June 2016

This is a great place to learn about all the historical eras, geographic landmarks, people and places of this region. It's not huge, but the way they use the space is ingenious and they've put a lot of time and thought into the displays. They...More

Thank TravelRaven
Reviewed 13 May 2016

This is a nice little museum,but only so-so.The Village Gallery needs a bit more commentary, and it would have been interesting to actually go into the train passenger coach instead of just walking alongside it. Wish we had known it was free on Thursdays...we went...More

Thank myogo
Reviewed 27 October 2015

Great Historic Museum, with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Many displays & items that relate to the area's Scandinavian roots. Great information on early fishing & Ilwaco as an old Finnish village.

Thank Rondeewill
Reviewed 24 July 2015

Volunteers brought the local history to life at this great museum. though it contained a lot of Lewis and Clark history there was so much more than that.

Thank mari b
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Mary V
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Response from saulsnatsky | Reviewed this property |
I haven't heard of cranberrian festival. Sorry.