Columbia River Maritime Museum


1792 Marine Drive

Astoria, OR 97103

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Open daily 9:30am - 5:00pm

Place Description:

The Columbia River Maritime Museum provides a passage back in time for guests of all ages by combining history with cutting-edge technology. During your visit, be sure to:
  • see the interactive display that identifies the many shipwrecks that occurred at or near the mouth of the Columbia River, dubbed the "The Graveyard of the Pacific"
  • watch a brief orientation film, The Great River of the West, that shows just how dangerous the Columbia River Bar can be, even for the most experienced pilots
  • roam the six galleries of artifacts and exhibits from the Museum's collection of more than 30,000 objects
  • ask about our research library that houses over 10,000 volumes, and our photography archive that contains more than 20,000 images
  • try your hand as a pilot in our tugboat simulator
  • listen to recorded stories of actual Coast Guard rescues on the Columbia River Bar
  • catch a glimpse of the mighty river through huge windows on the north façade of the Museum
  • return to the Museum to see new exhibits that change on a regular basis
  • If you are a frequent visitor of the Columbia River Maritime Museum or simply want to support its mission, consider becoming a member and receive special benefits, including free admission!