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Columbia River Maritime Museum

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The lighter Columbia at the Maritime Museum (bobcat)


The Columbia River Maritime Museum displays the history of shipping in the area, focusing on the notorious crossing of the Columbia River Bar, the "Graveyard of the Pacific," and the work of the Coast Guard and river and bar pilots. Admission is currently $14 (in 2017), but even if you don't want to go inside there are some outdoor exhibits you can view on your Astoria Riverwalk Hike, most notably the lightship Columbia and the pilot boat Peacock.

The Maritime Museum also manages the Barbey Maritime Center for Research and Industry, which offers classes and demonstrations on maritime topics: this facility is situated in the old railroad depot. Near the museum are the offices of the Columbia River bar pilots and river pilots.

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