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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    June 17, 2022

    Amazing collection of maritime exhibits

    We visited the museum after having read the book Astoria , outlining the history of the town , so intertwined with the sea. The historical exhibits relating to the discovery of the mouth of the Columbia river were fascinating : Cook, Vancouver etc. The exhibits of wrecks on the coast were very revealing of the treacherous waters at the mouth of the Columbia River The lifeboat rescues covered in exhibits showed amazing courage in dealing with terrible seas in bringing disabled vessels across the bar. Wonderful collection of books and souvenirs in the store. I am an avid maritime museum visitor ( Greenwich London, Sydney Australia, San Diego). Add this to my list

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    June 13, 2022

    Worth the tour!

    Very educational experience. The staff was very nice. The wealth of history was amazing as well as the videos. Learned so much.

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    June 7, 2022

    Another Astoria Don't Miss

    Wonderful exhibit of maritime efforts in the area. Includes over 200 years of sea going activities. Very special exhibit dedicated to the U.S Coast Guard. Awesome overall.

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    May 28, 2022

    Not your one room, junk collection “museum”!

    Having travelled the world I can say this is one of the best maritime museums I’ve seen. Great local content and great general marine content on navigation and meteorology. Very good display on locally related US Navy ship history in WWII and the naval war in the Pacific.

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    April 9, 2022

    interesting and very educational

    This museum is housed in a very large building that is packed with awesome exhibits including several entire boats. One could easily spend most of a day here.

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