Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s Fall 2016 Exhibits

Histiruc tablecloth map of US with different pictographs for attractions. Red text on blue border: Tabletop Tourism Picturing America

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Don’t miss Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s special exhibits on your getaway to the Pacific Northwest this fall. If you’re coming in October or November, Tabletop Tourism: Picturing America will take you back in time to the 1940s and 50’s, when cars were made for the open road and new highways made touring the USA the perfect vacation.

Keepsakes from these road trips to discover America were as important as the roadside attractions visited, and state tablecloths made practical, useful souvenirs. These clothes highlighted attractions, icons such as the state flower, bird, or tree, and towns in the state or region.  Many tablecloths were stored away in a linen drawer at vacation’s end, preserving their bright colors, amusing graphics, and wide-ranging designs. You’ll return to those nostalgic days at the Museum’s special exhibit of over 30 vintage state tablecloths from a private collection.

postcard - Black and white historic scene - arch over road with car in distance - Union Pacific System Ferry to Astoria

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Visiting in December,2016, or early 2017? The summer’s Memories of Megler exhibit will return by popular demand. The exhibit traces the Columbia River’s transition from the era of steamboats and ferries to the opening of the Astoria-Megler Bridge in 1966. The exhibit features photographs, newspaper articles, and personal accounts by local residents of riding the ferries and watching the building of the Bridge.

So don’t wait to plan your own road trip to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, just a scenic 45 minute drive over the Astoria-Meglar Bridge and along the coast to Ilwaco, WA. Book your stay at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast soon, and get behind the wheel for a cruise down memory lane to those nostalgic days of mid-20th century America.

Tabletop Tourism: Picturing America
Dates: October 21, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Memories of Megler
Dates: December 10, 2016 – February, 2017

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake St Ilwaco, WA 98624
Hours: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday – Saturday Closed Sunday and Monday
Phone: 360-642-3446 Email:

Admission: $5.00 Adults, $4.00 Seniors (+55), $2.50 Children (12-18), Children under 12 Free Thursdays are FREE for all thanks to the Port of Ilwaco?

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