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 1817 reviews


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    November 11, 2022


    Very interesting museum. Displays are well done and great introduction to the activities of the Coast Guard as well as the impact of the ocean and Columbia River to the area.

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    November 11, 2022

    Smithsonian-level quality on the Pacific Coast

    A very comprehensive maritime museum. Especially good about the history of the danger of the Columbia River Bar. Entertaining and informative about recreational, business (commercial fishing), and industrial (cargo vessel) histories as well as US Coast Guard rescue capabilities and exploits.

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    October 14, 2022

    Unique Museum Exhibits

    Wonderful museum. The smallest lighthouse on the west coast. There are many ships to see inside and one outside. We spent a couple of hours here and enjoyed it. Many unique exhibits with a lot of history.

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    September 25, 2022

    Do not miss this incredible little museum

    This is one of our favorite museums. It's an absolute must-see anywhere close to Astoria. Even the gift shop is wonderful. The depth and breadth of the exhibits never gets old; we've been several times and I always see/ learn something new.

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    September 18, 2022

    must see

    Whether you are visiting Astoria or just passing through, make the time to come here. In addition to seeing the museum, go to the Columbia ship that moored there too (if available). I was thoroughly impressed with all the exhibits and how they were set up. If you come with kids, they'll like the hands on items. If nothing else, the one thing you'll take away from a visit here is that crossing the Columbia Bar is no joke and you'll appreciate those who ensure that it is done safely.

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