Best Museums Long Beach Washington

Visit the Top 10 Museums on the Long Beach Washington Coast

This is the ultimate guide to the top historical exhibitions on the Long Beach Washington Peninsula.  From the Ilwaco, Washington Heritage Center with cultural, artistic, and historical artifacts and exhibits dating back centuries to the curiosity of Jake the Alligator Man at Marsh’s Free Museum, this is a comprehensive list of our favorite historical institutions. 

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center external view

LEWIS & CLARK INTERPRETIVE CENTER

244 Robert Gray Drive

Ilwaco, WA

360 642 3029

 

 

This is a fabulous center and a must-stop for family fun on the Long Beach Washington Peninsula. Located high above the ocean surf with breathtaking ocean and lighthouse views, there is likely no better view on all of the Washington Coast. If you only have time for one educational stop, this is it. There is a short 1/2 mile hike to the historic Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, past Dead Man's Hollow, and up a short steep hill to the lighthouse. The lighthouses are within two miles of the Lost Lobster and SeaLaView vacation rentals.

Astoria Oregon Maritime Museum outdoors at sunset

COLUMBIA RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM

 1792 Marine Drive

Astoria, Oregon

503 325-2323

 

The family-fun and kid-friendly Columbia River Maritime Center is located in Astoria, Oregon, right across the Columbia River and about a 20-minute drive from Long Beach, Washington. This fabulous institution explores the Columbia River's history, from the days of dugout canoes to exemplary exhibits of coast guard rescue missions. The Mouth of the Columbia River is one of the most dangerous passages globally, and this renowned maritime gallery is not to be missed.

Marsh's Free Museum is a family fun favorite place to visit

Marsh's Free Museum

Downtown Long Beach, Washington

 

Marsh's is more of a turn-of-the-century curiosity shop housing the world-famous Jake the half-man, half-alligator than a historical archive.  Marsh's has delighted visitors for decades with its treasure trove of antiques, curios, vintage photographs, old rifles, swords, drums, and spears, plus much more. The gift shop is one of the best places to buy that one-of-a-kind souvenir.  This is a must-see for travelers on a budget or families with children.  Marsh's is steps from Beachy Keen, Ocean's 12, and Catch N' Relax vacation rentals.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum has a large collection of old photographs

COLUMBIA PACIFIC HERITAGE MUSEUM

115 Lake St SE

Ilwaco, WA 98624

 

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Center highlights the Columbia Pacific region's history with a collection of over 23,000 artifacts, photos, and historical objects. It is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. There is no better place to visit if you are serious about learning more about the most about the local history of the Long Beach Washington Peninsula, 

Fort Columbia State Park Buildings

FORT COLUMBIA INTERPRETIVE CENTER

Chinook Point, Chinook, Washington 

360 777-8221

 

The Fort Columbia Interpretive Center focuses on the fur trade, military community, and exploration of the Columbia. This interpretive center is only open in the summer, but you can visit Fort Columbia Historic State Park any time of year.  This is a family-fun place to visit, and children especially love exploring the old World War II bunkers.

Kite Museum in Downtown Long Beach Washington

WORLD KITE MUSEUM

 303 SW Sid Snyder Drive

Long Beach, WA 

360 642-4020

 

The World Kite Foundation in downtown Long Beach Washington is one of the best places to visit for the entire family. It has one of the complete collections of Japanese kites outside of Japan, amongst many other wonderful kites worldwide. From fighting kites to colorful choreography, the history of kites around the globe will delight everyone. 

Cranberry  Museum sign in Long Beach Washington

CRANBERRY MUSEUM AND DEMONSTRATION FARM

 2907 Pioneer Road

Long Beach, WA 

360 642-5553

 

Cranberry harvesting is almost as old as the Long Beach Peninsula itself. Long before pilgrims arrived in 1620, the Native Americans used cranberries with dried deer meat or salmon and melted fat to make a convenience food that could hold for a long time.  So much to learn about the local customs with so little time. For that perfect gift to take home, be sure to stop by the gift shop.  This institution is just a short walk from Handy Hangout Vacation Rental, also located on Pioneer Road.

Appelo Archives Center

APPELO ARCHIVES CENTER

1056 State Route 4

Naselle, WA 98638

360 484-7103

 

The archive center is home to displays of the area’s history and heritage. Inside is a genealogy corner, library, and a large collection of Finnish books. You can also cozy up in their cafe and bookstore with a hot cup of coffee.

Pacific County Historical Society Museum photo of the building

PACIFIC COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

1008 W Robert Bush Drive

South Bend WA, 98586

11:00 to 4:00 PM Daily

360 875-5224

 

The historical society’s collection and archives showcase Pacific County history. Located in South Bend (a great place to stop on your way to Long Beach, Washington from Seattle), this foundation has several exhibits and unique artifacts. There is also a bookstore with an emphasis on Washington and local history, and several local products. 

Photo of a carriage in the museum

NORTHWEST CARRIAGE MUSEUM

 314 Alder Street

Raymond, WA 98577

Open 10:00 am to 4:00 PM

360 942-4150

 

The Carriage, wants you to get "carried away," with over  50 historic carriages, buggies, and wagons (and counting!) as well as interesting artifacts on display. They do group tours as well as educational tours. This museum is a must-see!

Knappton Cove Heritage Center photos of building

KNAPPTON COVE HERITAGE CENTER

 521 WA State Rte 401

Closed for now due to Covid 19

Carefully preserved and full of fascinating artifacts from another era, Knappton Cove was once the US Columbia River Quarantine Station, the Columbia River’s “Ellis Island”. Check their season schedule or call to set an appointment.

Willapa Bay Interpretive Center

WILLAPA BAY INTERPRETIVE CENTER

 

Once home to an oyster grower and his family, this interpretive center offers a glimpse into Willapa Bay’s oyster industry's history, now almost 150 years old. Artist Nancy Lloyd of Oysterville created the display.