The Heritage Museum was built in 1904 and is a beautiful, imposing building. Entrance to the museum costs $4 for adults and $3 for seniors, and is well worth the price. I would call this adult-oriented, though, as there are no exhibits that are interactive or "child friendly" for young children.
There are a variety of exhibits about the history of Astoria and the Columbia River. One room is devoted to the native Indians and includes replicas of their lodging as well as authentic baskets and other items.
Another section highlights the early settlers, and includes displays of artifacts as well as audio recordings. The museum has the oldest headstone in Oregon, dated 1814.
Other areas show how life was in the mid to late 19th Century and include an exhibit about "frontier justice", with some interesting information about how men got "shanghaied" off the local docks! There is even an authentic full size original saloon bar, called the Louvre Saloon, which was built in Astoria in 1896. Visitors can carefully spin an original 100 year old roulette wheel.
We were disappointed in that there were no logging displays or exhibits, since Astoria was a big logging town in years past. My husband suspected it was because logging is not "politically correct" nowadays, but when I asked, the clerk said the exhibits change every so often and the logging displays weren't on exhibit right now.
This is not a glitzy, glamorous museum, but it contains a lot of interesting information and is worth visiting.
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