Columbia River Maritime Museum

Astoria, OR

Where are we going?

Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Drive Astoria
OR 97103


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!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $14

Children: $5 (Ages 6 to 17)

Discount: Free for active duty military / $12 seniors

Free Under: 6 years


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.


When can we go?

Open 9:30am - 5pm daily

Closed only Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day


Any top tips?

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

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