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Heritage Museum

1618 Exchange St, Astoria, OR 97103
503-338-4849
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Ranked #14 of 22 attractions in Astoria
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, History Museums
Traveler Description: Built in 1904 as Astoria ’s City Hall, this building is now home to the Clatsop County Historical Society’s Heritage Museum , Research Center &... more »
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Seattle
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This museum has it all everything you need to know about Astoria. There is items from pioneer days all as well as a large antique gun collection.

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Olympia, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The museum had little bits of the area's history, from the Native tribes through the 60s. Some of it was redundant to the Flavel House historical facts. You can also arrange to look up family historical records, for a fee.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I could spend another day here. Loved the displays loved the information provided. The people were friendly. Just really cool tons of old photos and history.

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Norwalk, California
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20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Intresting history. A great value. You can spend an hour or 2 hours. Depending on how much information you want to read up on. It was woth the stop

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White Salmon, Washington
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205 reviews 205 reviews
54 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Did you know that Astoria is the oldest active settlement West of the Mississippi?? You can learn a lot in only a few hours at the Heritage museum.

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Eugene, Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Typical local historical society museum. Not a lot to look at, but interesting and informative. Was especially impressed with the complete bar from one of the early gambling houses.

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Tillamook, Oregon
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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

2 floors of wonderful artifacts, and displays. some of this museum was geared towards children, which I thought was great! I found myself trying the different guessing games about the animal tracks and furs. The experience was overall delightful.

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Medford, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Great museum with extremely interesting displays, exhibits and incredible art. Thanks to local resident Michael Foster for his dedication and effort to share the rich history and culture of the area, and to expose the residents to his incredible art collection. A do not miss museum. It will deserve 5 stars when the final floor is finished, I am sure!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We were not sure what to expect from a maritime museum in Astoria, Oregon, but the museum's displays were unusually informative and the quality of the collection exceeded our expectations. In particular, the collection of historic maps documenting the development of knowledge about the northern Pacific region and exploration was a uniquely surprising feature.

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