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“Experience the mighty Columbia River in many dimensions”

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 November 1, 2013

What a fascinating place (and beautiful architecture)! We loved the mix of personal stories, video, artifacts, life-sized scenes...and the range of topics covered, from fishing to shipping to canning to immigration. The videos of "bar pilots" and their gymnastics getting on and off the ships they're guiding was terrifying - but a perfect way to convey the Columbia's force. Living on the East Coast, we had no idea of the river's important role in so many aspects of life in the northwest until we spend a couple of hours at the Museum.

Thank BalletBW
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

This is not a large museum but it does an incredible job of covering many different types of ships. They do a great job of making you understand what it was like being on these boats. Very interesting.

Thank Csommeratl
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We spent 3 hrs and could have spent more time but had to leave. The 3D movie was well worth the $5 extra. This museum, was well layed out and seemed to go on and on. Very informational. If you like wooden ship models you will enjoy. Don't forget to see the ships at the pier before you leave. Great hands on and moving videos.

1  Thank Terry F
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Couldn't imagine what some people went through at the
Columbia River bar. The details of the voyages and wrecks are
beyond my words. Just the scale model ships show the detail of
what went into this project of enlightening the public. Fantastic!

1  Thank Gary O
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

My second visit was a far richer experience because I took more time to carefully examine the many exhibits, taking in details I'd overlooked before. Take time to read the printed descriptions accompanying the huge variety of items even if at first you might think a subject like the fish canning industry or ancient native culture might not be as interesting as looking at the boats on display.

My only regret was that I never encountered any staff available within the museum's display area to answer an occasional question. In fairness, I didn't pursue asking a question within the gift shop or entrance desk. On the other hand, volunteer staff at the light ship were very helpful.

Thank Brenton B
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