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Columbia River Maritime Museum

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A museum celebrating the history of ship travel on the Columbia River.
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1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103-3525
+1 503-325-2323
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 March 2005

We had a fantastic tour with NO complaints. Not only do you get to view a land based museum but you also get to tour onboard the Real "Columbia Light Ship". Also when the U.S. Coast Guard is in port they tie up their large...More

7  Thank Safari16779
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

2 adults and 2 seniors were $52. The babies were free. We were in and out in 45 minutes and some of that time was spent in the restrooms and gift shop. Note that only the "Columbia" ship, docked outside, is included in your ticket...More

2  Thank oradellian
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My brother and I visited the Columbia River Maritime Museum a few days ago. The exhibits were very interesting and well displayed. Since our dad was a US Coast Guard officer in WWII, and a US Navy officer after the war, we found the exhibits...More

Thank PassionforEire
Reviewed 6 days ago

They have a nice side area that you can stop for free. The price to go in is a little higher than I think it should be. Outside there is an vessel you can get on (with admission). There was also a Coast Guard ship...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Columbia River Maritime Museum covers a wide range of topics relating to the Columbia, and it does all of them very well. For history buffs, there is an impressive collection of historical maps showing early exploration of the region, and also a very informative...More

Thank ZamiaV
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice museum showing the maritime history of the area and the river. Watched the movie about the aircraft career, which was nicely done. The wife and I are both interested in ships so this was a must see for us.

Thank Richard R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at the hotel next door so we walked through the museum one afternoon. It is not large and is free. If you are interested in boats this is the place for you.

Thank travelinbandman
Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't realized how much history there was along the Columbia. This museum does a great job highlighting a lot of the cool thing that make Oregon Oregon (like the Columbia bar, the size of the river, etc.). Definitely worth checking out.

Thank Jafarmer
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good introduction to the Columbia River. Many short movies throughout, many good displays. Hands on activities for children. Good way to learn about the river, fishing, and life saving of the Coast Guard. I really like the upright Coast Guard ship.

Thank wandabhall
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting presentations of the difficulties with commercial travel, especially where the Columbia River meets the Pacific. Coast Guard rescues were exciting to read.

Thank TubaPlummer
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is very educational and has lots of history there. I could go back many times. Last time I was there was in 2012

Thank Pam S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family loved the museum for all different reasons. The kids loved being able to visit an actual boat. The older men appreciated the WWII artifacts, and the teenagers loved the Coast Guard video, and boat on display. Extensive gift shop for vacation shop-a-holics.

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Response from Brianne D | Reviewed this property |
We were there for an hour and a half—max you’d need is 2 hours.
Addie T
12 September 2017|
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Response from DEP3 | Reviewed this property |
You can go at your own pace. One could easily spend hours here, but you can also get a taste of what's there in 60-90 minutes. A bit rushed, but possible.
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Response from webatweb | Reviewed this property |
Shuttle is free Donations accepted Run by volunteers no association to ships