Explore the heritage of the Columbia River at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Learn about the history of fishing, packing and other maritime industries dependent on the river as the icon itself makes a backdrop for the experience.
The museum houses the largest collection of Pacific Northwest maritime artifacts in the country with more than 30,000 objects, 20,000 photographs and a 10,000-volume research library in addition to many exhibits and interactive displays that all ages can enjoy. Try giving a simulated weather forecast in the museum’s Science of Storms exhibit, experience hurricane force winds in the hurricane wind simulator or watch a 3D movie on hurricanes. Learn about the legendary and treacherous Columbia River Bar, tour the Lightship Columbia and view informative exhibits on the Columbia River Bar Pilots and the US Coast Guard. The museum offers educational tours and learning labs for school groups that are designed to engage students’ curiosity and appreciation of the maritime science and history of the Columbia River. These educational programs are free for Clatsop County schools, and the museum staff will even arrange for off-site visits to classrooms.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum, founded in 1962 as a private nonprofit, is the official state maritime museum of Oregon and was the first in the state to achieve national accreditation. You can take a class, workshop or view a demonstration on maritime skills or trades at the museum’s Barbey Maritime Center. Plan a visit to the museum to experience the distinctive maritime culture of the Columbia River.