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Oregon Maritime Museum

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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

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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Tugboat museum

We thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of the steam powered tug moored on the willamette river downtown. We had a docent guide us through all aspects of the ship and how it worked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 1, 2015
oregon coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of the steam powered tug moored on the willamette river downtown. We had a docent guide us through all aspects of the ship and how it worked. there is also a gift shop with used books covering nautical topics

Thank sealrocker
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We visited the Oregon Maritime Museum on a rainy Sat. afternoon and had a delightful tour of this paddle boat from the 1940s. This museum on the water that's a short walk from the Sat. Farmer's Market I only open a few days during the week and with a tour guide. Yet the waters of the Willamette come alive with... More 

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

This was very interesting!! They survive off donations too! Just wish we had more time to wander around the boat and learn more. Do the tour though... Its really helpful!

Thank Kristinelosh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I wanted my husband to see some museums, so I was excited to read about this one. It was closed with very limited hours. We ended sitting by the river watching lunch time strollers/runners and transients.

Thank Anon58759
Southern Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Portland is all about the two rivers, historically and nowadays. This museum, on the tug boat, is a work of art and so very well done. If you like water, boats and history, you can have it all here. The employees are intelligent and well informed. Take the tour.

Thank beetcanner
Portland, OR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Oregon Maritime Museum's main attraction, a restored paddle-wheel tugboat, lies at the foot of Oak Street, making it convenient for visitors to Old Town Portland, the Lan Su Garden, and the Pearl District. A modest admission charge covers a superior tour of the entire vessel, including the fascinating engine room. Volunteers painstakingly returned a wreck of a vessel to its... More 

2 Thank GeorgePortland_OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

The maritime museum is on the river and is actually located on board the retired tugboat Portland. The tug is the only remaining steam powered stern wheeler remaining in the US. The vessel is still functional and sails about five times a year. The volunteer guides are outstanding in their enthusiasm, knowledge, and devotion to the vessel. If you are... More 

1 Thank Tom G
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Frequent docent led tours will give you an understanding of the ship itself but also of the shipping history on the Willamette river. You may recognize the Portland, it served as the stern wheeler in the movie Maverick, albeit with a few added decorations. There is an instructional movie to watch, a visit to the bridge, the captain's cabin as... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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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.

Thank DD19351
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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