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 1780 reviews


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    July 26, 2021

    Definitely worth the visit.

    Really investing topic of what makes the mouth of the Columbia so interesting from a maritime point of view. The 3D movie was pretty impressive. Definitely worth your time.

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    July 23, 2021

    a must see

    I'm not a huge museum person but this is a home run!! The exhibits were fascinating. Learning about the Coast Guard was eye opening. You have to see this place.

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    July 21, 2021

    Fun and fascinating 2 hours.

    Great way to spend a couple of hours. You will be fascinated, amazed, and learn a lot - both history and current happenings - about the Coast Guard and Fishing. Very well laid out.

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    July 21, 2021

    Great Displays about anything nautical

    Learned a lot about the Coast Guard and ways they do water rescues. I also learned much about storms and the hazards of the Columbia River bar is.

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    July 7, 2021
    Nana B

    Marine Time Capsule

    What a pleasant surprise this was. Follow the arrows on the floor to view the rooms. Much history is covered through exhibits including dozens of maps, log books, displays of navigational tools, videos. There's a torpedo and early diving suit and ships to see. This is one of the best maritime museums.

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