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Address: 1618 Exchange St, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone Number: 503-338-4849
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Description: In the building that was once Astoria's city hall, the Heritage Museum...
In the building that was once Astoria's city hall, the Heritage Museum records the colorful past of Clatsop County.
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Weekend Astoria

Lady at front door very well infornmed and up on her history. Lots of stories regards prohibition or rather "no" prohibiton.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Burnaby BC
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Burnaby BC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Lady at front door very well infornmed and up on her history. Lots of stories regards prohibition or rather "no" prohibiton.

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Warrenton, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I took my niece to the museum and she absolutely loved it. There are a lot of things for the kids to touch, climb in, draw/color and see. I got a kick out of the old saloon upstairs and all the creepy paintings. Some pretty neat artifacts displayed.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

While some of the museum has the typical fishing/logging town displays, I love the information wall of all of the highlights of the area, and the references to Astoria's historic seedier side. Fascinating tales! They have a beautiful bar displayed and an exhibit of curios...cast iron piggy banks, historical medical equipment, etc. It was an hour or so spent well.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This museum contains the earliest history of American settlement on the West Coast. Educational and entertaining, their displays provide an overview of life in the area reaching back to the Native Americans and travels through history through Astoria's many economic transitions. I'm looking forward to spending more time in their records room.

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Astoria, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The building is the old courthouse and in fact still has the old holding cell in the basement. The first floor is devoted to the exploration of the area and the local tribes of the time. The second floor features an exhibit of an old Astoria gambling hall and an area for temporary exhibits.

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Washington, United States
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102 reviews 102 reviews
49 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This museum presents an excellent look at Astoria's history. We especially enjoyed the upstairs exhibits; very creative A-Z items. Well worth the admission price.

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Portland, Oregon
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The museum works back from the earliest settlers and traders up until more recent history of the uptown and downtown values. There is a saloon set up with original furnishings, and you can even spin the wheel and feel like you were there. Lots of quirky artifacts which had interesting stories. After visiting Flavel house and thinking about what it... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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220 reviews 220 reviews
76 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Housed in the former jail, the building itself is interesting. And so's the collection, but if you don't know much, you won't learn much. We'd hoped for an overview of Astoria's history, but what we got was an attic-like hodgepodge of items without much to help us put it in context. That having been said, the display on John Jacob... More 

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Lacey, Washington, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Located in an old city hall, it has some interesting displays. Not more than average for small town museum.

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Salem, Oregon
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428 reviews 428 reviews
147 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is not as comprehensive an experience as I expected. However, there was a lot to learn hear. In addition to the homage to the guys who made their wealth here, there were many exhibits about the more nitty gritty history of bars and bordellos, preachers and police. There is a good portion of the exhibit space given to an... More 

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