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Columbia River Maritime Museum

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Address: 1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103-3525
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+1 503-325-2323
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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A museum celebrating the history of ship travel on the Columbia River.

A museum celebrating the history of ship travel on the Columbia River.

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Oregon Coast Day Trip from Portland: Astoria and Cannon Beach
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A Very Enlightening Experiance

I'm pretty scared by the ocean and coming from Boston I guess I'm unusual. But this place renewed my fear of the ocean. When the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean all heck... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm pretty scared by the ocean and coming from Boston I guess I'm unusual. But this place renewed my fear of the ocean. When the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean all heck breaks loose. This museum explains that. It also displays the historical significance of fishing, immigration, and ecology in the Northwest. Most definitely worth the time and price... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited because we wanted to see the Lightship Columbia, and we did get to take a walk through. But we also learned a lot about the Columbia Bar (where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean), which we knew nothing about before visiting the museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent much more time here given the stories the museum has to tell, whether it be from the early days of european exploration, to fishing, to WWII ship building, to the modern day

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here a few years back and then again recently and while I do enjoy maritime museums including this one, I thought the price for the admission was rather high. Maybe I'm getting cheaper as I get old, but the last time I was there I don't think it was as expensive... anyway, the collection is pretty good, so... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the early 1960s I was stationed aboard the Columbia River Lightship; not a big deal but I did want my six year old granddaughter to see what it was like. Not going to happen, the vessel was closed for the "season", will not open until summer. Depending on who you ask the reason varied from "the tides" to "short... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really great maratime museum with lots of history and learning exhibits. The Coast Guard exhibit gives you a great appreciation for the bravery if these service people.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much bigger inside than we had imagined. Multiple exhibits and topics that did a wonderful job in showcasing Astoria. We usually visit museums in the cities that we travel to, but had skipped this one in the past. Glad we didn't this time! Large open spaces and full sized boats open for people to take a look at.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I grew up on the eastt coast. We didn't learn much about history on this side if the nation. I was fascinated! I thought their boat was the best part

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a great place to learn about the Columbia river and what it's like to be on it or working on it. You can see what it would be like to pilot a tug boat. Give yourself at least 2 hours or more.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the museum here on a quick drive through stop in Astoria. Although small we were pleasantly surprised at just how vast and informative the museum is. It would have to be one of the best maritime museums I have been to. The "Columbia" boat was closed the day we were there which was disappointing but the rest... More 

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