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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    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.

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    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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    November 5, 2020

    A great place to take kids!

    This was a wonderful place to show our daughter who loves boats! ...yet very informative to adults looking to learn our local history - very cool.

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    October 29, 2020

    Husband loved all the maritime information and exhibits. I found it very interesting!

    Large museum with many types of ships displayed. Also movies of water when in different kinds of weather.

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    October 26, 2020

    Very Interesting Maritime Museum

    It has probably been at least 30 years since I have been to this wonderful museum and have been looking forward to getting back. I was not disappointed. It has changed a lot and has great new displays regarding the river fisheries and commerce, weather, vessels, shipwrecks, military history and Coast Guard activities in the area. There is also a 3-D theater. Today's choices included turtles nd aircraft carriers. I enjoyed seeing examples of small boats used in the area, including gill net boats, including the wonderful little butterfly boats motor life boat, surf boat and others. There is a neat interactive display where you can be a TV weatherman. There is a very nice gift shop that incudes a good selection of books, gifts and branded merchandise. The location is right along the river, so you are able to see the ship traffic mentioned in the various displays. You can also visit a retired Coast Guard Light Ship, The Columbia, adjacent to the museum. Give yourself plenty of time. There is too much to see!

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