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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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Chatsworth
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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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185 reviews 185 reviews
103 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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Bernalillo, NM
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60 reviews 60 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A great museum for maritime buffs. We especially appreciated the wreck map and the Coast Guard exhibit. It really points out what a dangerous place the mouth of the Columbia really was and is.

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Kimberley, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This museum covers the area of the Columbia River at the mouth in depth and with lots of interesting facts such as over2,000 ships having been lost here. I would have liked to see more coverage of the remainder of this significant river other than just emphasizing the mouth.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

An intelligent mix of Astoria's past and present. Interactive exhibits. Fishing industry is featured. Not so good for children.

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Oklahoma
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We enjoyed the museum and really enjoyed the tour of the LIghthouse boat...didn't realize there were lighthouse boats! Didn't particularly enjoy the 3-d movie and would not pay to see that again. Thought the movie was too long and totally speculative.

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Camp Verde, Arizona
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90 reviews 90 reviews
38 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Lots of info about the Columbia River history relevant to shipping. Very informative and interesting.

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