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Columbia River Maritime Museum

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Address: 1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone Number: 503-325-2323
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Activities: Birdwatching
Description: A museum celebrating the history of ship travel on the Columbia River.
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Really interesting museum

We went here with our 3 boys (9 and 10) and everyone found it interesting. They have a great variety of exhibits and use a mix of actual watercraft, models, pictures, equipment... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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De Soto, Missouri
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De Soto, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We went here with our 3 boys (9 and 10) and everyone found it interesting. They have a great variety of exhibits and use a mix of actual watercraft, models, pictures, equipment and videos. The lightship moored outside if interesting. Nice gift shop. They have a 3D movie that lasts about 20 minutes.

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Wenatchee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A museum that really gives you a feel for what mariners went through in the dangerous confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean; what heroes so many of them were. Great photos/videos. My only disappointment was the minimal mention of minorities. The Chinook people, for example. Only mention was a few artifacts and a statement, "Early trappers hired... More 

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Kailua, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Very enjoyable. They had exhibits on the canning industry that started in the area. You can walk through time with pictures of the men fishing and bringing their catch to the plant. They had miniatures of different ships used during that period. They have a full sized ship available for touring as well.

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Hillsboro
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We learned a lot about indigenous peoples, the early explorers (like Lewis and Clark - Fr. Clatsop is not far away!) and modern uses of this mighty river. We developed a great respect for the river and bar pilots who work one of the most dangerous river bars in the world, as well as those incredibly brave Coast Guardsmen who... More 

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Anaheim
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Brought my 10 and 12 year old boys there when we were visiting Astoria. Very well done museum and was fun to walk around and learn the history of the columbia river. Not the kind of place you go back to multiple times, but good for a single visit and recommend stopping by if you are in the area

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed this museum. It is really well displayed, huge collections, with audio and video interpretations too. Lovely setting. Plan some time to enjoy it.

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We did not go into the museum as our group's interest in the maritime history of Astoria and the Columbia River was limited, but they do let you see the movie without a museum exhibit, so we saw the 3D Galapagos mobpvie, which is a good 20 minute feature for $5. The movie is a good quality picture, but the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We figured we would spend an hour or so at the museum, but it took us three hours to get thru this informative place! I have a whole new respect for sailors of these waters and the bar pilots in particular. I found the section on WWII poignant, and your fee includes entrance to the lightship "Columbia". If you have... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

... it's right on the front (turn left when you come off the bridge) and you shouldn't miss it because it's worth the entrance fee. Modern, clean and well laid out and staffed by friendly, helpful folk, it charts the history of this part of the Columbia river and its industries. The exhibitions are informative, displaying a wealth of artifacts... More 

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Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The museum offers interesting exhibits on the maritime history and lore of Astoria. The work of the Columbia River bar pilots is notable and exciting. Also nice exhibits on early settlements. These and other exhibits engaged our 10 year old boys well.

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