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Columbia River Maritime Museum

Address: 1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone Number: 503-325-2323
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Oregon Coast Day Trip from Portland: Astoria and...
97%
Ranked #1 of 24 Attractions in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Bodies of Water, Museums
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: A museum celebrating the history of ship travel on the Columbia River.
Attraction details
Type: Specialty Museums, Bodies of Water, Museums
Activities: Birdwatching
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: A museum celebrating the history of ship travel on the Columbia River.
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Longview, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I just love this museum. There are not enough hours to look at all the amazing things inside. Not to mention the boats outside. Some times there are even "famous" ships docked outside. This is a must see if you are in the area. Set aside several hours for it!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We stopped at their Columbia River Maritime Museum not knowing what to expect. It had a good mix of displays that would interest children as well as adults. Loved them information and videos about their specialized pilots that get the ships through the sand bars and rough seas

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Sisters, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The displays are presented well with fascinating information such as old maps, Japanese Tsunami small boat, U.S. Coast Guard huge display with a 44 footer, history of discovery of the Columbia River and the treachery of the Coumbia Bar! Well worth a look!

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Washington State
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74 reviews 74 reviews
23 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This seemed like a good option for a rainy morning, but it’s a great activity for any day. It wasn’t always clear to me which room in the Columbia River Maritime Museum to visit next, but I think I managed to see everything. One of my favorite displays was a boat that was washed away from the coast of Japan... More 

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Saint Helens, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Having been around northwest salmon fishing for the last 45 years or so, it was fun to see all the old fishing and cannery displays. The Coast Guard motor lifeboat that you see plowing the swell from outside is the same type that towed our conked out fishing boat back to Illwaco in 1969, so I can appreciate the rescue... More 

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Warrenton, Oregon
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85 reviews 85 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great museum. So many great exhibits to check out and the 3D films are also worth a view. Check it out while in town. Especially on a rainy day.

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Pendleton, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This museum has an excellent, in depth look at the maritime history of the Columbia river and bar. From early settlers, river and bar pilots, coast guard, military, and commercial fishing. Go at your own pace, but expect to take at least a couple hours if you are into maritime history. Very nice gift shop with gifts ranging from thrifty... More 

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Astoria, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The CRMM is a one-of-a-kind collection of artifacts that are organized to tell the story of the great river of the west in a way that is engaging for adults and entertaining for children. The impressive building on Astoria's riverfront began as one man's dream decades ago when Rolf Klemp shared his collection and inspired others to get involved in... More 

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Seattle
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124 reviews 124 reviews
76 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We had passed by this museum many times on our way to beach towns, but this trip we did finally go there. What a wonderful surprise, we enjoyed it so much more than we thought we would. I have a much greater appreciation of what ship captains and the Coast Guard do and the challenges of this particular river. Plan... More 

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Westport, Washington
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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

It seems that every time we go to Astoria, we take in the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The displays and exhibits are spectacular. The history of this area is so well described, and exhibited. Some of the life videos not only take your breath away, some make you literally weak in the stomach. Absolutely fantastic.

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