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“More than we expected - fascinating and well-presented”

Columbia River Maritime Museum
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$100.00*
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Oregon Coast Day Trip from Portland: Astoria and Cannon Beach
Ranked #1 of 55 things to do in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A museum celebrating the history of ship travel on the Columbia River.
Reviewed September 25, 2011

The building may look small from the outside, but it's deceivingly large inside. My husband and I spent several hours at the museum, and thoroughly enjoyed it. We especially liked how the exhibits were grouped in terms of phases of the Columbia's development, from Native Americans to canneries to passenger sidewheelers. Neither of us are nautical buffs, but we enjoyed it immensely. The special exhibit on tattoos was particularly interesting and well-presented. Tip: If you show your AAA card, you'll receive a $1/person discount!

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Reviewed September 22, 2011

We spent a couple of hours here. The museum cost $8.00 per person (seniors)
Good exhibits. You also can tour a former lightship that is tied up at the dock next to the museum. The ship visit is included in the entry fee.

Thank EStLouiesmokey
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

The place is right on the waterfront in downtown Astoria and is housed in a rather modern looking wooden building. It is right on the trolley stop area and across from the Bow picker food cart (top fried tuna fish and chips) and the local movie theatre. The place has room after room of exhibits relating to all things Astoria and the Columbia. Whaling instruments, salmon cannery items, river/bar pilot matters and information, etc. Also, there a great number of large exhibits taken from boats and ships and, in least one case, the boat itself! A truly great museum, clean, open and with a terrific gift shop. A must do if in Astoria, and a great half day along with a lunch at the bow picker across the street.

Thank JAMESMRIVERS
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

This is an unbelievably awesome museum considering the size of the town that it is located in and even comparing it to similar museums in large cities. The facility is top-notch. It couldn't be easier to find being on the main street through town. Parking is easy to find and free. There is a variety of different sorts of experiences for the family. There are a lot of interactive displays to engage the children. There is an actual boat that you can go into. It is highly educational and highly entertaining to go to this museum. My children were full of praises. There are couple of gift stores. The grounds are well-maintained and inviting.

Please, please, please. If you are going through town stop and see this museum. It is well worth your visit.

Thank Canadoc
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

We went to the Columbia River Maritime Museum with our daughter and four-year-old grandson. It turned out to be a big hit for everyone. The four-year old loved it because many of the exhibits are hands-on—you can climb on them and turn the wheels. He also really enjoyed the lightship Columbia which is berthed in the Columbia River next to the museum. You need good mobility, but if you can go up and down the steps and ladders, you can visit the officers’ quarters, mess deck, radio room, galley and crew berths. The guide ended up taking us through it twice because my grandson was so interested. My husband and I learned a lot about the history of the area and the how very strong and dangerous the river is. We were amazed at the exhibit featuring the Coast Guard rescue boat—really worth a look.

Thank janb9
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