Visit Astoria’s Columbia River Maritime Museum

Facade of Columbia River Maritime Museum at night

Photo courtesy of Columbia River Maritime Museum

The Columbia River Maritime Museum has one of the foremost collections of Pacific Northwest maritime artifacts in the U.S. The Museum’s exhibits reflect all aspects of the Columbia River – the extreme forces of nature, legendary salmon runs, the contributions of Columbia River Barge Pilots and the U.S. Coast Guard, navigation aids, and daily life in the Pacific Northwest over the centuries.

The Lightship Columbia: The floating lighthouse and National Historic Landmark marked the approach to the Columbia River from 1951 until 1979. The Columbia offers tours daily.

Crossing the Bar – Perilous Passage: This exhibit shows the consequences when forces of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean collide, creating one of the most dangerous bar crossings in the world. The exhibit displays a rare bar pilot pulling boat used for many years to transfer pilots to ships, plus dramatic video of the Columbia River Bar Pilots and U.S. Coast Guard during dangerous winter storms. Its interactive shipwreck map highlights the hundreds of ships lost to the Columbia River Bar over the past two centuries.

USS Shark Cannon: Here you will see two carronade lost in the shipwreck of the USS Shark, which ran aground on the Columbia Bar when trying to leave the Northwest Territory in 1846.

A Peaceful Return-The Story of the Yosegaki Hinomaru: This exhibit looks back at the mid-twentieth century in a reflective way.  Japanese soldiers in World War II were given flags covered with signatures and well-wishes from family and friends as they departed for war. American soldiers often collected these flags as souvenirs; seven decades later their families realized such flags might be rare tangible mementos of the Japanese soldiers for their families. These flags are being returned to those families in Japan.

Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR
Phone: 503-325-2323
Open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults: $14.00, Seniors (65+): $12.00, Children 6 and over: $5.00 3D Film $5.00

When you’re planning that trip to Astoria, you’ll find Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast on Exchange Street is a wonderful central location for exploring not only the Columbia River Maritime Museum, but the other museums, shops, and restaurants in Astoria’s historic district and along the waterfront. According to Frommer’s Oregon, “This is one of the best museums in the state,” so don’t leave the Museum or our B&B off your bucket list for Astoria – give us a call or book online today. History and adventure are just steps from our door!

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