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Oregon Maritime Museum

Neighborhood: Old Town - Chinatown
Specialty museums, Museums
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Address: foot of SW Pine St, Portland, OR 97204
Phone Number: 503 224 7724
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Wed 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: The Oregon Maritime Museum is housed on the historic steam sternwheel tug...
The Oregon Maritime Museum is housed on the historic steam sternwheel tug, the PORTLAND, which is docked on the foot of Pine St and Naito Parkway. The PORTLAND is a gem of a boat - she has been lovingly restored from pilot house to engine room. Artifacts represent a small fraction of the deep history of the working river in the Portland/Vancouver region. Guided tours take you to the entire boat, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Include us on your next stop to the Saturday Market. We are a dedicated group who welcome your local support! If you have questions about maritime history, or related photos or archives, please contact us via email or phone.
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We had a very thorough tour by a knowledgeable volunteer of the old paddle tug Portland.This museum pays homage to all those that have lost their loves in the rocky Columbia... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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268 reviews 268 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We had a very thorough tour by a knowledgeable volunteer of the old paddle tug Portland.This museum pays homage to all those that have lost their loves in the rocky Columbia river. The family had a good time and take the time tog o here.

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Bury St Edmunds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

A very thorough tour by a knowledgable volunteer of the old paddle tug Portland. I can't get over the fact that she is as recent as 1947. Built after the war to replace a virtually identical older ship. They keep her in very good condition and go on trips several times per year. The exhibit collection on the main deck... More 

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Shetland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

It is a bit of a misnomer in calling the Preserved Paddle Tug "Portland" the Oregon Maritime Museum but I'll let them away with that. It made looking for a museum building a little more awkward when you realise that on the Willamette river bank is the Portland tug and that is the museum. A very welcoming crew of volunteers... More 

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Topanga
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

We are very interested in the history of the town as well as the life of the fishermen. This museum pays homage to all those that have lost their loves in the rocky Columbia river as well as interesting and interactive descritptions of everyday life for the fisherman. It also went into history. They are currently showing a 3d movie... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

My husband and I recently traveled by Amtrak from Tacoma to Portland. Although it had been raining along the way, we were able to walk about the city rain free for the afternoon. That's how we arrived at the Oregon Maritime Museum and boarded the steam sternwheeler PORTLAND moored along the Willamette River in downtown Portland. The docents Peter and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

A gentle walk from the hustle and bustle of modern downtown Portland, this gem offers a bit of tranquility and a step back in time as a personally involved docent shows off this unique remnant of a different day on the Willamette. No rush. No bumping into throngs of people. I enjoyed it enough to buy a membership...even if I... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Relaxed tour of tugboat/museum. Tour Guide was very informative & pleasant. Got to see different nautical equipment up close / hear tug horns/whistles & ask questions without being rushed. Cute Gift Shop Area. Would suggest as a good outing for kids too.

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

The Sternwheeler Portland is the home of the Oregon Maritime Museum. It is in downtown Portland, and is the only historic sternwheeler still running. It is an extremely well-kept historic vessel, and we had a great time visiting it. The tour guide was knowledgable about the history and operation of the vessel. I recommend it as a fun activity for... More 

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Chico, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Really not much here. An old paddlewheel river tug with a volunteer crew who try hard. Not any kind of broad view of Oregon maritime history as one might hope for.

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Lynnwood, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

The Oregon Maritime Museum can be found in Tom McCall Waterfront Park floating on the Willamette River. The steam powered tug Portland makes up the museum. After paying a modest admission (AAA discount honored), a volunteer takes you on a tour of the boat. My guide Peter did a nice job explaining the history of the boat and the layout.... More 

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