Columbia River Maritime Museum [OR]
The Museum features interactive exhibits that combine history and technology. Visitors of all ages will experience what it is like to pilot a tugboat, participate in a Coast Guard rescue on the Columbia River Bar, and live in Astoria during the height of the salmon fishing. Huge windows make the Columbia River a living backdrop for classic fishing vessels and Coast Guard rescue craft. Visitors can experience first hand how the Bar Pilots work the dangerous wind and waves during a fierce winter storm in the award-winning orientation film "The Great River of the West." They can walk on board the bridge of a World-War-II-era US Navy Destroyer; see the world-class collection of maritime artifacts; and then walk out to the dock to explore the Lightship Columbia, a floating lighthouse.
The museum offers a short film, exhibits, tours, and educational and recreational events and programs.