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We went for the nostalgia more than anything. It was neat to see the few items they had from the... read more

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ocindy
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Worth just seeing the outside!

DISCLOSURE - we didn’t pay the $6 entry. It seemed like a lot for little return (as other reviews... read more

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Reviewed 29 July 2011

My boyrfriend and I went to Astoria earlier this month. We were very excited about seeing the Oregon Film Museum while we there, since a large number of films or scenes from films have been shot in Oregon. Unfortunately the name "Oregon Film Museum" is a complete misnomer! There is next to nothing there that is not about the "Goonies" movie.

Unlike most museums which have displays to look at and information to read, this museum is primarily interactive, which may be great for kids, but we aren't particularly fond of interactive exhibits, not to mention that there are really only three or four of them total, and the day we went, none of them was working. Although we were only charged half price because of that, I have to say that we would not have been that interested in them had they been working!

What we really wanted to see was photos and information, maybe costumes or scenery from the hundreds of films that have been shot in Oregon at least in part. There was one poster from "Kindergarten Cop," but that was about it for any other movies than the Goonies, which neither of us had seen or wanted to see.

The museum is housed in the Old City Jail, and my understanding was that this was a way to save the building. Because it was also the site of a major scene in the "Goonies," it also panders to the interest of the many Goonies fans who come to town each year to see where the film was shot. It was rushed into being last year for the 25,000 fans, including some from abroad, who came to Astoria for the 25th anniversary of the film. It is very poorly done and not the least bit professional. One interesting display of quotes from movies - you were supposed to guess which movies they were from - was plastered on the ceiling in a traffic heavy location, making it hard to read. While it may have seemed creative to someone, putting things to read on the ceiling seems ridiculous to me. Many people didn't even see it, and if you tried to stop and read it, you got trampled by other people coming through the small area, not to mention that there were no answers to what movies the quotes were from!

For anyone who is not a Goonies fan, this museum is a complete waste of time and money. We were there all of 15 minutes. With all the other great museums in Astoria, skip this one. I wouldn't go back again even if it were free!

Date of experience: July 2011
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