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.

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  • TripAdvisor Rating
    April 3, 2021

    A cool interactive museum.

    I learned so much about Astoria, the nautical world, the Columbia River and so much more. My teenage son, who is not easily impressed, also enjoyed exploring the museum and the surrounding area. Definitely worth a visit.

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    March 5, 2021

    Not to be Missed!

    If you’re only in Astoria for one night, be sure to visit the Maritime Museum on your way in or out. We visit the museum during every visit and it never disappoints plus it’s always evolving with new exhibits and current technologies. Even children get a kick out of the museum!

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    February 22, 2021

    A must-see in Astoria!

    If you love history, this place is a must-see in Astoria! This museum covers the hazards of navigating the Columbia river sandbar, the 200 ships sank there, the fur trade and salmon canning industry, the navigation and mapping of the Pacific Coast, and of course, the Naval history in this area. My husband and I spent 2-1/2 hours here and would have spent more time, but they were closing.

  • TripAdvisor Rating
    January 13, 2021

    Fascinating history

    An important visit for anyone with time in Astoria!!! GO HERE. You will learn a lot and truly appreciate the challenges associated with working the waters around Astoria.

  • TripAdvisor Rating
    December 6, 2020

    A quick tour in history

    It's a nicely run museum with many maritime items used in the past. I enjoyed reading the history in that part of the Pacific Ocean and watching the 100s of years old cannon, harpoon, artifacts.

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