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“Say Hello To The “Bar””

Columbia River Maritime Museum
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Oregon Coast Day Trip from Portland: Astoria and Cannon Beach
Ranked #1 of 45 things to do in Astoria
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Owner description: A museum celebrating the history of ship travel on the Columbia River.
Kingsport, Tennessee
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“Say Hello To The “Bar””
Reviewed 20 August 2014

Most people (myself included) have no idea about the traffic that plies the Columbia River. To access the river from the Pacific you bust cross the “Bar.” This section of water is so treacherous that you must wait offshore for a local river pilot to be delivered to your vessel and guide you through. The confluence of the ocean and river creates a turbulent zone that has claimed many ships over the years, hence the name “Graveyard of the Pacific.” The museum documents early commercial boating on the river and the loss of many ships to the bar. The early fisheries and local fisherman’s way of life are explained. The skill and bravery of the local Coast Guard rescue boats is also on display. It’s a good museum and relatively close to downtown, such that you can park there (for free) and wander around. There is a light boat (used as a signaling station for commercial traffic in days gone by) moored right next to the museum and entry to the boat is included in your ticket. Wander onto the boat and see what life was like 20+ years ago.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Curtis S
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orange county california
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“Wonderful exhibits of all aspects of navigation, fishing, mapping, exploration, plus hands on stuff for kids and adults.”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

All aspects were great! There was nothing negative to note. The views from the museum are right on the river, and there's also a ship you can board that's part of the museum.

Visited August 2014
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Loveland, Colorado
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“Terrific museum”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

The quality of this museum shows in all the exhibits. Very well done. It gives you a personal view of what it is like battling the "Columbia Bar" and all the ships that have been lost in this treacherous area.

Visited August 2014
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“great museum”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Not all the displays such as some of the boats are not accessible to the mobility impaired due to stairs.

Visited August 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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“Nice day at Astoria”
Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

We had a great time at the museum, we became members during our visit because it would cost less to become a member than to pay entrance for our family of 4 plus my niece and nephew (if you include the $5 for the 3D movie), plus we live no too far away and could come back few time a year. The 3D movie about sea monsters was very interesting and the graphics were nice, there is a lot of movies and documentaries about land dinosaurs but not about sea creatures. I can see why some people would see as anti creationism propaganda. The rest of the museum is ok, we love the tour of the light ship, all the staff was very frienly, knowledgeable and helpful. The weather was great the day of our visit which help make it a great experience.

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