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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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Nice Displays, Interesting Sub-Culture!

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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English first
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
48 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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200 reviews 200 reviews
71 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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143 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 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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Portland, Oregon
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73 reviews 73 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My husband totally enjoyed the old bar, craps table, etc. from one of Astoria's old public houses. We knew it had been a rough sea town, but seeing some of the old photos, and information on it was quite interesting. There is a bit for everyone in a great old building that could use a major investment for rehab. I... More 

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Cumberland, Maryland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Be sure to visit and learn all about the history of John Astor and the history of the area. It's a small but interesting place in an old building that used to be some type of state house. For $12 you can buy a museum pass good for three museums. Worth it.

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