The Columbia River Maritime Museum provides a passage back in time for guests of all ages by combining history with cutting-edge technology. The Columbia River Maritime Museum was founded in 1962 by Rolf Klep, a native Astorian. Klep, a longtime collector of maritime artifacts, along with a group of his colleagues envisioned a museum of national distinction which would preserve the rich maritime heritage of the entire Columbia River region. The Columbia River Maritime Museum has a reputation for the quality of its exhibits and the scope of its collections, making it one of the finest maritime museums in the nation. The Museum has been designated the official state maritime museum of Oregon. In 2002, the Museum celebrated its 40th anniversary with the completion of its expanded exhibit space.
The Museum houses interactive exhibits that combine history with cutting-edge technology and numerous Museum acquisitions. Visitors of all ages will find the opportunity to experience what it would be like to pilot a tugboat or to participate in a Coast Guard rescue on the Columbia River Bar. Visitors may also find out what it’s like to live in Astoria during the height of salmon fishing. The Columbia River can be seen from the huge windows on the north wall, serving as a majestic backdrop
for the exhibits. Six galleries, the Great Hall, and the Lightship Columbia interpret the Pacific Northwest’s rich maritime history.
WHERE: 1792 Marine Drive – Astoria