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Columbia River Maritime Museum

1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103
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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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Ogden, Utah
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is an interesting museum, but I think the $12 admission fee is a bit steep. You learn a lot about the Columbia River and Coast Guard operations in the area. We arrived just behind a large group of senior citizens from a paddle boat cruise ship. It made it a bit difficult to make our way through the museum.

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Albuquerque, NM
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Loved all of the exhibits and information available. I would highly recommend this museum to people interested in finding out more about life on the Columbia River or who want to explore more about life on the high seas.

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Peoria, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited this museum and thought it was great. I really did not expect to spend as much time as we did there. Great exhibits and lots of history! I learned a lot about the area and enjoyed the visit. Well worth seeing!

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Seattle, Washington
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We just happened to be lunching in Astoria when we came across the museum. It turned out to be much more than we had hoped. Great activities for the kids, great engaging exhibits for children and adults alike. BONUS: They have a real boat you get to board as an exhibit.

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Fountain Valley, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

All the exhibits were very engaging to my wife and me. The Coast Guard section was especially interesting, as were videos of the Columbia Bar and its dangers. While the Pearl Harbor Muserm compared by JandJ may have had more historical significance to them, this museum in Astoria encompassed much local history, including salmon fishing, the Columbia River and its... More

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Kansas City, MO
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73 reviews 73 reviews
16 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Museum tells a great story of the river and its watermen. The story of the "bar" which caused so many wrecks is particularly interesting

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Lawrence, Kansas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

based on the reviews, I thought this might be pretty cool, but it was even better than I expected. Learned a lot about the history of the Columbia River basin and the dangers that the people that brave these waters went through and still go through every day. I have a much better idea of what the Coast Guard does... More

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25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you have heard of the Columbia Bar this will add to your knowledge pif you haven't you are in for a shock!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It was a nice museum and the lightship was ok. We have been to Pearl Harbor, so I would rate this place as average in comparison. Don't get me wrong, It was still nice. If you have never visited a maritime museum, this is pretty good. But if you have ever been to Pearl Harbor, you may find this museum... More

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Denver, Colorado
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Being ex navy and having been stationed in the northwest this was a no brainer for something to do but it was more than I expected and I learned a great deal about life on the columbia rive

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