Museums and Forts

 

Columbia River Maritime Museum

1792 Marine Dr.  503.325.2323  Open 9:30-5pm daily

www.crmm.org

Interactive exhibits that combine historical artifacts with cutting-edge technology and galleries specific to this region and the fishing industry. Lightship Columbia, a retired seagoing vessel, is available as part of the tour.

 

The Astoria Column

15th St. to Coxcomb Drive  503.325.2963  Dawn to dusk daily

www.astoriacolumn.org

360° panoramic view of the city from up above. Built in the 1920’s, this memorial architecture was built by the Great Northern Railway commemorating the westward sweep of discovery and migration.

 

Fort Astoria/Fort George

15th and Exchange St. self-guided tour all hours

www.nps.gov/lewi/historyculture/fort-astoria-fort-george.htm

Reconstructed blockade building where Astor’s fur traders originally constructed their post as the first American settlement on the Pacific Coast. The river bank was much higher then, and there’s a marker of the historic water level one block down on Commercial St.

 

Heritage Museum

16th and Exchange St.  503.325.2203  Daily 10-5pm May thru Sept, daily 11-4pm Oct thru April

cumtux.org

Built in 1904 as Astoria’s City Hall, the Clatsop County regional museum houses permanent and changing exhibits on natural and cultural history, including a large collection of catalogued historic photographs.

 

Oregon Film Museum

7th & Duane St.  503.325.2203  Open 10-5pm daily

www.oregonfilmmuseum.org

In the old Clatsop Count Jail (exterior still intact!), the story of Oregon’s role in Hollywood films over the years unravels in an exhibit full of memorabilia and posters.  The Goonies was partly filmed there.

 

The Flavel House

8th and Duane St.  503.325.2203  Open 10-5pm May thru Sept, 11-4pm Oct thru April

cumtux.org

Built in 1885 by Astoria’s first millionaire, a Columbia River Bar Pilot, this Queen Anne Victorian mansion with attached Carriage House gift shop is beautifully restored and open for touring. Holiday treats available.

 

Uppertown Firefighter Museum

2968 Marine Dr.  503.325.2203  Open 11-2pm Wed thru Sat

cumtux.org

In what used to be part of the North Pacific Brewery, this 1896 building was converted into a fire station after prohibition times. On display are vintage equipment, including horse-drawn engines, and photographs.

 

Astoria Railroad Preservation Association

446 W. Marine Dr.  503.325.5323  Open odd hours

www.astoriarailroad.org

View a long-term team project of restoring a 1925 Baldwin engine #21, a steam locomotive. Watch as the crew forges metal parts, adjusts fittings, and reassembles her to her original glory! She will ride on the tracks someday again in Astoria.

 

Bumble Bee Cannery Museum

Pier 39  503.325.2502  Open 9-5pm year round

www.canneryworker.org

The oldest cannery still standing on the Columbia River. On view are 3 gill net boats, canning machines, and photos. Be sure to visit Coffee Girl on the water and watch the California sea lions.

 

The Children’s Museum

2968 Marine Dr.  503.325.2203  Open 11-2pm Wed thru Sun

The Children's Museum occupies the second floor of the Firefighters Museum building. Educational, interactive, hands-on activities for the kids.

 

Lewis and Clark National Park/Fort Clatsop

Take Hwy 101 on Old Young’s Bay Bridge to Fort Clatsop Rd and follow signs  503.861.2471  Open 8-5pm winter, 8-6pm summer

www.nps.gov/lewi/planyourvisit/fortclatsop.htm

Site of Lewis and Clark’s outpost where they wintered during the 1805-1806 expedition, 7mi south of Astoria. A replica of their shelter stands and includes a historical exhibit, trails, reenactments, and a visitor center.

 

Fort Stevens (originally called Fort at Point Adams)

1900 Ocean Dr., Hammond  503.861.1470  Open 10-6pm May thru Sept, 10-4pm Oct thru April, park open year round dawn till dusk

oregonstateparks.org

Built during the Civil War (1860’s), the abandoned gun batteries of Battery Russell still stand. A viewing platform at the South Jetty is great for over-looking the ocean and viewing wildlife. This 542 acre park has miles of jogging trails, beaches, lakes, and the shipwreck Peter Iredale. This is Oregon’s largest campground and is the beginning of the Oregon Coast Trail to California.

 

Fort Columbia

Just across Megler Bridge, go 2mi west to Chinook, WA  360.902.8500  Daily 11-4pm May 26 thru Sept 30

www.parks.wa.gov/506/Fort-Columbia

This 593 acre park was the harbor defense of the Columbia River from 1896-1947. 5 miles of hiking, an old military barracks and battery, museum, and beach.

 

Cape Disappointment State Park/Fort Canby

Hwy 101 north to Ilwaco, WA, turn south on Robert Gray Dr.  360.642.5566  Summer 6:30am-10pm, winter 6:30am-4pm

www.parks.wa.gov/486/Cape-Disappointment

1,882 acres of camping sites, hiking trails, and miles of beaches.  This park is the site of a Coast Guard station, North Head Lighthouse, and Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. Pay to park, cash or card.