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Columbia River Maritime Museum

1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103
503-325-2323
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Ranked #1 of 23 Attractions in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Bodies of Water
Activities: Birdwatching
Traveler Description: The Columbia River Maritime Museum, founded in 1962, offers visitors to Astoria a chance to see one of the finest maritime museums on the West Coast... more »
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suburban Chicago
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

Our family of three was not too enthusiastic about visiting a Maritime Museum, but this one is worth the time. It is small and can be seen in 1 1/2 hours. It is filled with the history of the Coast Guard and their efforts to save boats at the mouth of the Columbia River. None of us had known of... More

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salem
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

Exhibits galore and very interesting. Tells a lot of history and stories you have never heard. Gift shop has a lot of useful and very nice items for sale. There are even several vessels to explore.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

We toured the museum and lightboat last weekend and had a blast. I think my wife read every single printed piece in the place, we both felt we learned so much about an area of our country we knew nothing about. The Great Lakes has ship wrecks for sure but nothing like the history of the bar ! Top notch... More

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Richmond, Kentucky, United States
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67 reviews 67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

This is a great museum. I had recently read about Astoria and its surrounding waters in a book on the fur trade in America and the museum was a way to get much more information of the difficulties that the early traders, trappers and settlers faced. It is well done and well worth the trip.

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woodinville, wa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful, modern museum on the waterfront featuring mainly shipping on the Columbia River plus the history and background of crossing the very dangerous bar at the entrance to the Columbia River. Well put together and explained.

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Chatsworth
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

What an education in the problematic issues of shipping on the Columbia. I was exceptionally impressed with the heroic efforts of the marine Pilots that guide the big ships past the bar and down the channels of the river.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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95 reviews 95 reviews
44 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I actually did not know this museum was in Astoria, to be honest I only stopped here because of the movie Kindergarten Cop. I think the area is beautiful and the museum is worth a visit for a relaxing option.

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East Bay, California
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187 reviews 187 reviews
104 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Very educational museum!! Enjoyed learning about the bar, 2,000 ships lost, the life of a fisherman in the area, gillnetting, etc. The story of the 2011 tusanumi boat from Japan that washed up was amazing. Take time to go out to the Lightship. I had no idea what one was until this visit. It's a ship that acts as a... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Great displays covering the full breadth of the maritime history of the lower Columbia River. A local history buffs dream come true, well worth the price of admission. You will leave here with a fuller understanding of why it is called "The graveyard of the Pacific."

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Myrtle Point, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Super self guided tour. A lot to read, especially with younger children in tow. Plan on spending a couple hours to take it all in. The layout is well designed and didn't get crowded at all.

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