All who call Astoria home are fortunate to be surrounded by so much natural beauty. The waterways have been an essential force in shaping the Pacific Northwest, with the Columbia River being one of the most notable. The Columbia River Maritime Museum is a fascinating place that tells the story of this amazing river and the maritime history of this entire region. Founded in 1962, this museum houses the biggest collection of maritime artifacts from the Pacific Northwest and has many fascinating exhibits and hosts numerous workshops, classes, demonstrations, and special events throughout the year.
Enjoy a few hours away from your Astoria home and learn more about the giant 40 foot waves that can pummel the region during winter storms, the fabled salmon fishing runs, the role of the U.S. Coast Guard, and the very interesting Columbia River Bar Pilots. Visit any day of the year, except for Thanksgiving or Christmas from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission ranges from $6.00 to $12.00 with an additional cost of $5.00 for a 3D film. The museum is located on the beautiful waterfront of downtown Astoria. Make a day of it, and grab a bite to eat and browse the shops while downtown. Visit Columbia River Maritime Museum for more information and to plan your visit.