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“A great intro to the columbia river, it's watermen and it's history”

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 45 things to do in Astoria
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Owner description: A museum celebrating the history of ship travel on the Columbia River.
annapolis, md
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“A great intro to the columbia river, it's watermen and it's history”
Reviewed May 3, 2012

If you are spending even just one day in Astoria, you need to visit this place to get a great overview of the town, it's people and it's waterways.

You can spend a great deal of time here if you read all the individual displays. We did not have that luxury but still came away with a boat load of information about the area. Be sure to see the movie as it was a great prelude to the rest of the exhibits.

With a paid admission, one can also tour a lighthouse ship docked nearby. It really makes you appreciate your cozy bed at home.

For all the bad you hear in the news these days, it is refreshing to learn about the folks who brave the Columbia river to make a living and to learn about The Coast Guard crew whose job it is to protect and save them. Highly recommended.

Visited April 2012
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Victoria, Canada
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“Really good facility - interesting”
Reviewed May 2, 2012

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lots to see here (almost too much for one visit)- really interesting account of the area - i liked the coast guard rescue and pilot ship displays especially. didn't even have time to step aboard the light ship. well laid out, great exhibits. needed a couple more benches throughout to take a break throughout, though. even the gift shop had some interesting stuff.

Visited April 2012
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Durban, South Africa
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“A really interesting account of the history of the river.”
Reviewed May 1, 2012

I was amazed at how integral the growth of the West was with the development of the river as a method of transport. With that the river also claimed many lives. 100 vessels have sunk at the mouth of the Columbia river over the past 100 years. That is quite a statistic, and a testament to the resilience of the folk who worked and lived there.

Visited January 2012
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Chehalis, Washington
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“Excellent way to show the history of Astoria and it's waters”
Reviewed April 30, 2012 via mobile

Take your time and look at all the items on display (to much to explain) but one must walk thru the old light house boat. 2 weeks on that little boat with 17 other men bobbing in the ocean. My hats off to those MEN who did that.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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“Impressive, informative and educational for all ages”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

I visited here last summer with my brothers and found the displays and exhibits informative and educational. They show a lot of the history of this part of the Columbia River, from the early exploration of Lewis & Clark, to fishing (salmon, sardines, etc.) businesses that thrived and failed, and sea going cargo ships of today that use the Port of Portland. Many slide-shows and videos are part of the presentation.

The U.S. Coast Guard has a full sized "rescue boat" (under 25') on display in the museum, along with illustrated stories of the many rescues they've managed in the mouth of the river where ocean waves and river currents are both strong and dangerous. They also had an old fishing sail-boat displayed that was used in the early 1900's. There is an old "Lighthouse Ship" docked nearby that you can tour, as well.

Visited August 2011
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