Columbia River Maritime Museum

Explore the world of marine transportation from the days of dugout canoes, through the age of sail, to the present.

Watch a dramatic 12-minute film introducing the history and perils of the the Columbia River. Sail a model boat on the newly opened Warnock Model Boat Pond. Walk the bridge of a World War II warship, marvel at the 44-foot motor lifeboat plowing through a wave in a rescue mission. Participate in four interactive and hands-on exhibits including taking the helm in a tugboat wheelhouse. 

The museum’s 3D theater brings family-friendly movies to life in grand fashion, onto the huge screen and in pure digital surround sound.

And what’s more…you can board the Lightship Columbia, a National Historic Landmark, that once guided ships to safety at the mouth of the Columbia River.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5/5 TripAdvisor Traveler Rating based on 1824 reviews


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    April 29, 2023

    History (and dangers) of the mouth of the Columbia River on display

    A great view of the history of the mouth of the river. The museum particularly concentrates on the hazards at the mouth of the Columbia and the rescues that have happened. Didn't realize how treacherous this area is for ships.

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    April 7, 2023

    Informative & Entertaining

    The museum has different sections, dating back to pioneer and fur trading days, to World War Two, and in to the present. You can go through the exhibits at your own pace, which is nice when you have a young child. The Coast Guard exhibit was interesting, and their visual display of a crew on a Coast Guard boat saving someone was absolutely fascinating to my four -year-old grandson.

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    March 3, 2023


    We were visiting family and decided to check out the museum. Not only was it amazing to view it was an incredible history lesson. I would recommend this place for anyone of all ages to visit.

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    February 5, 2023

    Great experience

    This is an excellent maritime museum. Full of local history about one of the most dangerous bars in the world.

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    February 4, 2023
    Roberta H

    A good well planned museum

    This museum is worth the visit. It is well laid out with interesting and relevant exhibits. They have a good location for viewing the rive and incoming ships

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