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Heritage Museum

Address: 1618 Exchange St, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone Number: 503-338-4849
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Ranked #14 of 24 Attractions in Astoria
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: In the building that was once Astoria's city hall, the Heritage Museum records the colorful past of...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: In the building that was once Astoria's city hall, the Heritage Museum records the colorful past of Clatsop County.

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English first
Astoria, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
48 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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182 reviews 182 reviews
65 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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11 reviews 11 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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395 reviews 395 reviews
137 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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26 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Heritage Museum really complemented the Marine Museum in that it did not try to compete with it but rather showed the rest of life and how it was lived in Astoria. Authentic displays and an excellent layout that is a pleasant presentation for all ages. The lady/person at the front desk was exceptionally friendly which added to out visit.... More 

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Seattle
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Built in the old courthouse, this museum was quality though not huge. It covers the native American presence nicely, with a mockup of a longhouse and exhibits about the crafts and the seasonal activities common to tribes 500 years ago. The maritime history of Astoria is also covered well, though not exhaustively, in a series of cases and artifacts. Upstairs,... More 

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