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Oregon Maritime Museum

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Address: Pine St, SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204
Phone Number: +1 503-224-7724
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Wed 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Oregon Maritime Museum is housed on the historic steam-powered...

The Oregon Maritime Museum is housed on the historic steam-powered sternwheel ship-assist tugboat, the PORTLAND, which is docked on the foot of Pine St and Naito Parkway. The PORTLAND is a gem of a boat - she has been lovingly restored from pilot house to engine room. Artifacts displayed on the cabin deck represent a small fraction of the deep history of the working river in the Portland/Vancouver region. Guided tours take you through the entire boat, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Include us on your next stop to the Saturday Market. We are a dedicated group who welcome your local support!

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A Rare Steam Sternwheeler Tug

Although there is are some related exhibits the Oregon Maritime Museum is really all about a two-piston steam-driven tug, which is the site of the museum. That being said, it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2016
Viera, Florida
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Viera, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Although there is are some related exhibits the Oregon Maritime Museum is really all about a two-piston steam-driven tug, which is the site of the museum. That being said, it featues a very thorough and interesting tour of this boat, constructed in about 1947, and guided by knowledgable and articulate docents. Tour includes pilot house and boiler room and makes... More 

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Bedford, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

This review is not based on my visit. It is more of a helpful tip in case you are interested in going to this attraction on the weekend. I was so glad I checked their website for any information about them closing on weather-inclement days (it was suppose to rain the day we visited and I wanted to make sure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of the steam powered tug moored on the willamette river downtown. We had a docent guide us through all aspects of the ship and how it worked. there is also a gift shop with used books covering nautical topics

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We visited the Oregon Maritime Museum on a rainy Sat. afternoon and had a delightful tour of this paddle boat from the 1940s. This museum on the water that's a short walk from the Sat. Farmer's Market I only open a few days during the week and with a tour guide. Yet the waters of the Willamette come alive with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

This was very interesting!! They survive off donations too! Just wish we had more time to wander around the boat and learn more. Do the tour though... Its really helpful!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I wanted my husband to see some museums, so I was excited to read about this one. It was closed with very limited hours. We ended sitting by the river watching lunch time strollers/runners and transients.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Portland is all about the two rivers, historically and nowadays. This museum, on the tug boat, is a work of art and so very well done. If you like water, boats and history, you can have it all here. The employees are intelligent and well informed. Take the tour.

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Portland, OR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Oregon Maritime Museum's main attraction, a restored paddle-wheel tugboat, lies at the foot of Oak Street, making it convenient for visitors to Old Town Portland, the Lan Su Garden, and the Pearl District. A modest admission charge covers a superior tour of the entire vessel, including the fascinating engine room. Volunteers painstakingly returned a wreck of a vessel to its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

The maritime museum is on the river and is actually located on board the retired tugboat Portland. The tug is the only remaining steam powered stern wheeler remaining in the US. The vessel is still functional and sails about five times a year. The volunteer guides are outstanding in their enthusiasm, knowledge, and devotion to the vessel. If you are... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Frequent docent led tours will give you an understanding of the ship itself but also of the shipping history on the Willamette river. You may recognize the Portland, it served as the stern wheeler in the movie Maverick, albeit with a few added decorations. There is an instructional movie to watch, a visit to the bridge, the captain's cabin as... More 

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