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“If you want to understand how dangerous these waters are...”

Columbia River Maritime Museum
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US$100.00*
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Oregon Coast Day Trip from Portland: Astoria and Cannon Beach
Ranked #1 of 44 things to do in Astoria
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Owner description: A museum celebrating the history of ship travel on the Columbia River.
Austin, Texas
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340 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“If you want to understand how dangerous these waters are...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

Check out this small museum, and you will really understand just how dangerous the waters were near the end of the Columbia River. They make it as exciting as they can with mockups and such, but just understanding the facts is quite interesting.

Visited August 2014
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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Nice museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

Fairly tame museum mostly about the history of the ships on the Columbia River. For an extra cost we watched a 3D film on prehistoric marine life, which was cool. Not an overly exciting museum, just a quick walk through for me, however it does have a great view and the tour of the lighthouse boat was a nice add on.

Visited August 2014
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Kingsport, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Say Hello To The “Bar””
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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orange county california
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38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful exhibits of all aspects of navigation, fishing, mapping, exploration, plus hands on stuff for kids and adults.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
“Terrific museum”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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