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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    July 21, 2020
    Roberta S

    So interesting

    What a great museum! Such interesting information about the dangerous bar conditions at the Pacific Ocean & Columbia River. So many neat artifacts that have washed up hundreds of years after shipwrecks.

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    July 18, 2020
    279annamaries

    World Class Maritime Museum

    Excellent family or couples activity. Allow two hours to get full experience. Exhibits engaging and well-conceived on a host of topics from Coat Gusrd rescues to salmon canning to World War 2 homefront. You will be entertained and learn. Best museum bookshop ever!

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    July 4, 2020
    PaLuv2travel

    Great museum!

    We LOVED this museum! Spent a little over two hours here. Much better than anticipated. Everything was so well done. Lots of videos that educated. The film when we first walked in was well worth spending the time. We saw the one on aircraft carriers. I imagine any of the options would have been equally as good. Would highly recommend. We have been to other maritime museums and this was by far the best. We all (4 of us) expected to be bored after half an hour but all truly enjoyed it.

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    June 12, 2020
    GinniePDXHike

    Absolutely Worth Visiting !

    I wasn't sure what to expect at first but this place was amazing. My partner and I learned so much about the history of the industry in the Pacific Northwest. We were lucky enough to stay in a lovely unit right by the museum and the whole experience was really worth it. They have that massive Coast Guard Boat on a giant wave that took my breath away. For me that's going the extra mile. For any one who would want to get stay close by it, here is we spent 1 month at: franklinvistaproperties.com I would totally go back to that museum on my next visit and hopefully brings my nieces with me.

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    March 15, 2020
    jansenhawk

    Great Museum

    Lots of interesting and informative exhibits about the local area and Columbia river. Well worth the visit.

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