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Columbia River Maritime Museum

1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103
503-325-2323
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Ranked #1 of 22 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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Kingsport, Tennessee
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143 reviews 143 reviews
45 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Most people (myself included) have no idea about the traffic that plies the Columbia River. To access the river from the Pacific you bust cross the “Bar.” This section of water is so treacherous that you must wait offshore for a local river pilot to be delivered to your vessel and guide you through. The confluence of the ocean and... More

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orange county california
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

All aspects were great! There was nothing negative to note. The views from the museum are right on the river, and there's also a ship you can board that's part of the museum.

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Loveland, Colorado
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108 reviews 108 reviews
5 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The quality of this museum shows in all the exhibits. Very well done. It gives you a personal view of what it is like battling the "Columbia Bar" and all the ships that have been lost in this treacherous area.

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gogranny60
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Not all the displays such as some of the boats are not accessible to the mobility impaired due to stairs.

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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We had a great time at the museum, we became members during our visit because it would cost less to become a member than to pay entrance for our family of 4 plus my niece and nephew (if you include the $5 for the 3D movie), plus we live no too far away and could come back few time a... More

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Spokane, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We have bypassed this attraction several times and decided this was the year we would do it. I am so glad we did. Excellent displays and educational and informative pieces. A great gift shop and easy to find. Don't pass it up. Very reasonable fee

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My wife and I really enjoyed this museum. The museum was very well designed and on the water, just as a maritime museum should be. The historical displays were excellent. The stories of the people involved in this industry, their inventions and their pursuits, were intriguing. I especially enjoyed the films and stories of the river boat pilots. The gift... More

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Deer Lodge, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great displays and photos of what is involved in the "grave yard of the Pacific." Wonderful exhibits of life in one of the roughest waters on the planet. A look into the Coast Guards roll in making distressed boats survive. Actual tour of a light house boat is available and a real eye opener. Well worth the time.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The was a great place to visit... Highlights include the Columbia Lightship, Lifeboat and a fishing boat form Japan. Very informative, really well organized and great fun. If you are visiting Astoria - this is a must see place to visit.

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Woodinville,WA
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Thanx to others reviews, hubby and i made a point to visit here, and so glad we did! For over two hours we viewed the many marvelous videos, read the many descriptions and found the museum stimulating and full of great info. Neither of us realized how wild the Columbia River can be, and the skilled bar and river pilots... More

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