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Oregon Maritime Museum

foot of SW Pine St, Portland, OR 97204 (Old Town - Chinatown)
503 224 7724
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Ranked #71 of 263 Attractions in Portland
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Bury St Edmunds
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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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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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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
1 review
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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160 reviews 160 reviews
26 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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211 reviews 211 reviews
101 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
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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Corvallis, Oregon
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523 reviews 523 reviews
65 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

If you go to the Portland Saturday Market walk on down here and check this out. The volunteers were friendly and one gave us a great tour and showed us all over the boat and let us wander on our own as well upstairs. Great view from the Texas deck.

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