Columbia River Maritime Museum


Education ProgramsThe Columbia River Maritime Museum offers an array of educational programs for K-12 school groups. From docent-led tours of the Museum and the Lightship Columbia, to in-class programs and activity-rich publications, the Museum is dedicated to increasing your students’ understanding of the maritime history of the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest.

To schedule a tour, reserve a Museum-in-a-Trunk, or for further information about any of the opportunities listed below, please contact the education director.

Education programs are funded by the Quest for Truth Foundation, and supported by the Friends of Columbia River Maritime Museum.


Bring the Museum to your classroom with a Museum-in-a-Trunk. Each trunk is filled with objects providing students a hands-on experience that assists them in making connections with the past. Trunks come with a teacher’s guide. All trunks are loaned for a one-month period. Prepayment is required.

Lighthouses: Sentinels of Our Coast (Grades K – 6)
From Distant Lands (Grades 1 – 3)
Captain Gray’s Sea Chest (Grades 3 – 5)

For the Teacher

Field Trip Planning
Outreach Programs
Museum Library

Field Trips

Reservations are required for all programs, and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs fill quickly in the fall and spring, so please make your reservations at least two weeks in advance to receive the group rate. To schedule a tour, call 503.325.2323. For more information on rates and policies, see Group Tours.

An Introduction to the Museum (Grades K-2)
Man Overboard! Man Against Nature (Grades 4-8)
The Age of Exploration (Grades 4-6)
From Sea Otters to French Fries: Columbia River as Economic Highway (Grades 4-6)
Lightship Columbia (Grades 3-8)
Mission: Impossible (Grades 6-8)
Guided Gallery Tour (Grades 3-12)
Museum Exploration (Grades K-8)


The Columbia River Maritime Museum has two FREE publications that teachers may request for their classroom. Each activity book focuses on a fictional character that has a problem to solve. The books contain activities and factual information presented in an interesting format for students. Call or e-mail the education director to request copies.

Molly Watkins and the Secret of the South Jetty (Grades 4-6)
The Journal of Samuel Mills (Grades 4-6)