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Address: 1618 Exchange St, Astoria, OR 97103-3615
Phone Number: 503-338-4849
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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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Mildly interesting museum

Good for a rainy-day visit. Elevator to take you upstairs if you need it. Local history museum with some displays that would be interesting for families. Work is being done on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2016
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Denver, Colorado
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Gastonia, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

This place reminds me of my elementary school trips to the local museum. It has some lackluster displays with very little authenticity and a few photos and exhibits placed here and there with no rhyme or reason. Most of the video screen for the interactive displays said "Coming soon" and the poor guy working the front desk just looked miserable.

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Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Understanding the origins of populating and settling the Pacific Northwest start with an understanding of the fur trade, a worldwide enterprise in the late 18th century. And perhaps none other than John Jacob Astor, for whom the town is named, played a more pivotal role in this trade. This museum provides a wonderful exhibit about this, and much more -such... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Good for a rainy-day visit. Elevator to take you upstairs if you need it. Local history museum with some displays that would be interesting for families. Work is being done on the street outside, so parking is limited.

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Rochdale, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This is a converted house with five separate sections - Native American, John Jacob Astor, the Chinese Community on the ground floor, and the Astor Bridge and a Saloon Bar on the upper floor. It cost $4 as a senior and was fine to wander around on a rainy day.

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Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

This was our 3rd stop on the museum pass. It was nice to get some more local history as well as the tribal histories in the area.

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

1. The full significance of the history of Astoria is that without John Jacob Astor's remarkable venture, the United States of America may well not have extended to the coast of Oregon and Washington. Astoria is important to the entire United States. 2. Many different areas of interest, beyond the original fur trading venture, are included -- the significance of... More 

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Astoria oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016 via mobile

Full of local history and artifacts. Once was city hall for Astoria. Close to the old USO building. Updated painted and very nice addition for Astoria. Just up from the river and close to downtown.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The Heritage Museum was excellent! Lots of information on people who immigrated to the area both from Europe and Asia. Loved all the old photos!! There was a room about Native Americans in the area. Throughout the museum there were lots of interesting artifacts from the past. The most interesting was an old music 'machine' similar to a music box... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This was our first visit and we learned so much. Exhibits are geared to all age levels, and focus on indigenous people, local history, and colorful years of vice. Astoria is the only Oregon town that voted against prohibition. And there were quite a few "friendly women." The remains of a beautiful saloon are a highlight. Two hours well spent!

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Middleburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Really stopped to search some family history. We were astounded by the historical information available on early settlers to Astoria. And appeciate the gracious assistance we received the museum itself is very interesting.

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