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 1840 reviews


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    May 24, 2024
    Donita T

    Awesome discovery venture in Astoria

    A visit to this museum was perfect for a misty cold morning in Astoria, and our visit exceeded all expectations! The exhibits were very well crafted, interesting, many were interactive and the artifacts and reproductions were exceptional. A treat for all ages! We had no idea How challenging and treacherous the Columbia River bar was and how tempestuous the ocean could be at the mouth of the river . Shipwrecks galore! And great coast guard rescue stories brought to life by virtual storytelling, photos, and enactments. An absolute must visit while in Astoria.

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    May 14, 2024

    This is a must see museum!

    This is a great museum and they will be adding on to this in the future we were told. This has so much information and videos to watch. Adults and children will enjoy going thru this. Lots of information on the salmon fishing back then and the size and abundance of fish. Part of the ticket price is you get to go onboard the Columbia right outside the museum which worked as a floating light ship with people aboard.

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    May 6, 2024
    Nicole P

    Great place for a family

    The Columbia River Maritime Museum was a great surprise. We found it very informative. We were surprised by all the different topics and areas that were covered in the museum. Very well done.

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    April 27, 2024

    Great place to Visit!

    Need something to do In Astoria? Visit Our Columbia River Maritime Museum, so much History, and very Interesting, and make sure to watch the Movie in their Theater.

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    February 10, 2024

    Interesting history of the Columbia River Bar and ship traffic.

    An interesting museum. We've driven past it many times but never stopped. We did a tour of the Columbia light ship, climbing down into the engine room.

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