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 1794 reviews


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    October 25, 2021
    Karen N

    To our surprise, we like it!

    Based on the reviews my husband and I decided to check it out during a rainy long weekend in the area and we’re so glad we did! It’s not something either of us thought we’d enjoy so we were pleasantly surprised by how interesting we found it. It’s small but well thought out and I have a newfound respect for river pilots and the Coast Guard. The staff we encountered were friendly and helpful.

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    October 24, 2021

    Nice museum and gift shop - crabby staff

    Nice museum. Well done gift shop. Super crabby staff. Such a shame it spoiled our visit. Perhaps training on visitors are customers, not annoying intruders…

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    October 17, 2021

    A top tier Maritime Museum

    First to correct another poster’s comment…THERE IS A BATHROOM for museum visitors! I’m a retired Captain and have visited maritime museums in multiple countries as well as across the US. I rate this one up there with the Hamburg Maritime Museum and Mystic Seaport as one of the top facilities I’ve been able to visit. This is a great museum covering the history of the Columbia River and it’s importance to the western US. From a great display of early charts and the age of discovery in the Pacific to the hazards of everyday life of a Columbia Bar Pilot. Interactive displays about USCG rescues and a moving tribute to WW2 vets. Additionally you can tour a retired light ship and get a close up look at the pilot boat “Peacock”. I highly recommend spending a few hours exploring the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria.

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    September 28, 2021

    Don't Miss This!

    One of the highlights of my trip to Astoria was a walk thorugh this superior museum. What an education. 3D film was also outstanding. Would not have missed this for anything.

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    September 24, 2021


    We consider this a must stop if you are in Astoria. The films are excellent, as are all of the exhibits. Indeed, you can get a good history lesson about the Columbia River bar and area in the Museum. The Museum is located on the river so the views from the Museum are very good.

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