What was once Astoria’s Old City Hall is now home to the Clatsop County Historical Society’s Heritage Museum at the corner of Exchange and 16th Streets. The neoclassical structure was designed in 1904 by prominent Portland architect, Emil Schacht. When you walk through its doors, prepare to step back in time. You’ll find a 1,000-year old hunting artifact, superbly crafted 19th century Chinook and Clatsop Indian baskets, a sea otter pelt and beaver hat depicting the early history of Fort Astoria. Economic backbones of the 1870s come to life with antique logging and fishing tools, equipment and photographs of those bygone days. Stroll through the Emigrants Gallery to learn about the diverse ethnic groups that settled in the region. Spice it up by checking out Astoria’s seedy past with the Vice and Virtue in Clatsop County: 1890 to Prohibition exhibit, showcasing a partially reconstructed famous Astoria saloon. Researchers, historians and history buff hobbyists won’t want to miss the Historical Society’s Archive and Research Library on the second floor.
Clatsop County Historical Society
1618 Exchange Street, Astoria, OR