Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria

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Learn about maritime history and explore cutting-edge exhibits at Columbia River Maritime Museum. The Great Hall and six galleries cover 4,090 sq m (44,000 sq ft) and contain over 30,000 objects, including aspects of maritime history from maps and navigation instruments to scrimshaw. Try your hand as a pilot in a tugboat simulator or experience what it would be like to be at the wheel of a ship mid-storm. Marvel at the views of the Columbia River through the giant windows on the north side of the museum and tour the Lightship Columbia docked right outside. Using our world travel planner, Astoria attractions like Columbia River Maritime Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • The Columbia River Maritime Museum is a museum of maritime history with it's showcase of valuable relics and nautical knowledge. By using a telescope on your physical map this museum is charted in Astoria, Oregon which is hands down the perfect location spot. The Columbia River carries many ships. The museum has a docked ship you may check out and find what traveling life is like for seamen. Many ships are there to watch sail away only to be replaced by large cruise ships that dock for folks to come to stay in Astoria and many vist this museum. There is also a futuristic sculpture outside of the museum kids climb on. And for a little extra the museum has a 3-D film for your viewing pleasure. ⚓ Anchors Away and don't get seasick -- have a great time. Be good humans!! 💙
  • Amazing place. Lots to see and learn. The history of Astoria and it's ties to the Columbia River goes way, way back. Even before Lewis & Clark as a whaling station started by the British. Plan on spending some time to fully appreciate the many exhibits. Especially those of the US Coas Guard and their challenging mission here on the Columbia River Bar.

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