Whether you are a “museum person" or not, whether you like maritime stuff or not, you will love the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Climb aboard the floating lighthouse, see Coast Guard rescues, watch our powerful Pacific Northwest storms, and learn why our mighty Columbia River Bar is called the Graveyard of the Pacific.
Visiting the Museum
Museum open everyday 9:30AM - 5:00PM
(Except Thanksgiving & Christmas Day)
Lightship Columbia is open 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Please call for day-of availability
1792 Marine Drive
Astoria, Oregon 97103
Museum Members Free
Adults (18+): $18.00
Seniors (65+): $15.00
Children (6-17): $8.00
Kids 5 & under: FREE
Active Duty Military: FREE
SNAP and WIC Recipients: $3.00 per person (up to 4) with EBT or WIC Card
with matching ID
Lightship Only: $5.00
Museum Members FREE
3D film: $5.00
Museum Members FREE
Ample complimentary parking is available onsite for Museum visitors. The Museum building and 3D theater are fully accessible; however, the Lightship Columbia is not recommended for those with mobility challenges.
Service Animal Policy
The Columbia River Maritime Museum is committed to welcoming a wide and diverse audience, include those assisted by trained service animals.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum complies with the Americans with Disabilities act (ADA), which defines service animals as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. The Columbia River Maritime Museum allows service dogs in all public areas of the Museum.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum does not allow Emotional Support Animals (ESA) inside the Museum. Emotional Support Animals, Comfort Animals, or Therapy Animals which provide comfort do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
The following questions will be asked of each guest with a service dog:
If the dog is out of control or not housebroken, the handler will be asked to remove the dog from the Museum.
Unlike any other site on the north Oregon Coast, you can board a floating lighthouse, pilot a tugboat, participate in a Coast Guard rescue and walk the bridge of a WWII warship. Marvel at the motor lifeboat plowing through the waves, and learn why the mouth of the Columbia River is known as the Graveyard of the Pacific.
The Lightship Columbia, a National Historic Landmark that once guided ships to safety at the mouth of the Columbia River, offers an opportunity to hop aboard and see for yourself where the sailors would cook, eat, sleep, and work.
Graveyard of the Pacific
At the entryway to the Museum, experience the interactive exhibit map of the Graveyard of the Pacific, where over 200 large ships and 700 people have lost their lives to the sea. Then visit the gallery for an informative film on the Great River of the West.
Crossing the Bar:
Visit the Brix Maritime Hall, and learn about towboating by working the controls inside an operating model of a Columbia River towboat. This exciting, interactive display shows you how to make a tow, dock and turn the 5,000 horsepower towboat.
EXPERIENCE the terror!
Visit our newest exhibit to learn about shipwrecks on our shores and the impacts they have on the environment and the economy.