Columbia River Maritime Museum


The Columbia River Maritime Museum provides a passage back in time for guests of all ages by combining history with cutting-edge technology. During your visit, be sure to:

  • see the interactive display that identifies the many shipwrecks that occurred at or near the mouth of the Columbia River, dubbed the “The Graveyard of the Pacific”
  • watch a brief orientation film, The Great River of the West, that shows just how dangerous the Columbia River Bar can be, even for the most experienced pilots
  • roam the six galleries of artifacts and exhibits from the Museum’s collection of more than 30,000 objects
  • ask about our research library that houses over 10,000 volumes, and our photography archive that contains more than 20,000 images
  • try your hand as a pilot in our tugboat simulator
  • listen to recorded stories of actual Coast Guard rescues on the Columbia River Bar
  • catch a glimpse of the mighty river through huge windows on the north fa├žade of the Museum
  • walk outside to the dock and tour the Lightship Columbia, a National Historic Landmark and the last active-duty floating lighthouse on the West Coast
  • return to the Museum to see new exhibits that change on a regular basis

If you are a frequent visitor of the Columbia River Maritime Museum or simply want to support its mission, consider becoming a member and receive special benefits, including free admission!


Click and drag inside the image below to see a 360-degree view of the Great Hall (Requires Quicktime)