Columbia River Maritime Museum

Astoria, OR

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Address: 1792 Marine Drive Astoria, OR 97103 Number: 503.325.2323 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

The Columbia River region has such a rich maritime heritage, that it only made sense to have a museum dedicated to exactly that - aptly named the Columbia River Maritime Museum!

Founded in 1962, the Columbia River Maritime Museum was actually first museum in Oregon to meet national accreditation standards, AND it's also designated the official state museum of Oregon too - so already it's worth a visit!

Once inside, you can explore the largest collection of Pacific Northwest maritime artifacts in the entire country.

You can learn about the extreme forces at work along the Columbia River Bar, or you can find out about waves that exceed 40ft in height during severe winter storms - eeeek!

There are exhibits on the US Coast Guard and the Columbia River Bat Pilots, as well as an opportunity for you to see the legendary salmon fishing run - and did we mention there's also a floating lighthouse - the lightship Columbia?

The Columbia served as a floating lighthouse until 1979, offering navigation for all that approached the Columbia River. Tours are open daily and are part of your museum experience, which is yet ANOTHER great reason to visit!

The Columbia River Maritime Museum also offers classes, as well as workshops and demonstrations of skills and trades that are relevant to the maritime culture of the Columbia River, enhancing the learning experience even more!

So let's set sail for the next family day out - the tides are just right!

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How much does it cost?






$5 (Ages 6 to 17)



Free for active duty military / $12 seniors


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6 years


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The Museum has ample parking for cars and buses, as well as an area dedicated for daytime motor home use.

Any top tips?


They recommend that you allow approximately two hours to fully experience the Museum.

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Grab something to eat in Astoria before or after your visit - there are plenty of places!

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The museum offers an array of educational programs for school groups! They are dedicated to encouraging students’ curiosity and appreciation of the maritime science and history of the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest. All programs support Common Core and National Curriculum, and are student-focused and activity-based. Education programs are funded by the Quest for Truth Foundation. Museum programs are provided free of charge for Clatsop County Schools. Yay!

Can I get one of those?


Check out the Museum Store for a range of gifts and souviners themed around the museum exhibits that you can take home, including CDs, books, posters and DVDs!

Need a little extra help?


The Museum building is fully accessible for everyone, but the Lightship Columbia is not recommended for individuals with mobility challenges due to steep access ladders and elevated thresholds.

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When can we go?

Open 9:30am - 5pm daily

Closed only Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

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