Museums

Top Museums to Visit

COLUMBIA RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM

 

The Columbia River Maritime Museum is located in Astoria, just across the Columbia River. They have a number of exciting exhibits focused on the dangerous Columbia River Bar known as the Graveyard of the Pacific.

LEWIS & CLARK INTERPRETIVE CENTER

 

Located high above the ocean surf, this interpretive center takes you along the Corps of Discovery’s journey with a focus on their exploration of the Pacific Coast. A Discover Pass is required for parking.

COLUMBIA PACIFIC HERITAGE MUSEUM

 

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum highlights the history of the Columbia Pacific region with a collection of over 23,000 artifacts, photos, and historic objects. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

FORT COLUMBIA INTERPRETIVE CENTER

 

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 anytime of year

WORLD KITE MUSEUM

The World Kite Museum in Long Beach boasts the most complete collection of Japanese kites outside of Japan, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! From fighting kites to colorful choreography, the history of kites around the globe may surprise you.

CRANBERRY MUSEUM AND DEMONSTRATION FARM

 

Discover the history of these tart native berriesoriginally used by Native Americans. Tour the demonstration farm and try the cranberry ice cream available in the gift shop.

APPELO ARCHIVES CENTER

The archive center is home to displays on the area’s history and heritage. Inside you will also find 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

 

The historical society’s collection and archives showcase Pacific County history. They also have a bookstore with an emphasis on Washington and local history as well as several local products. Find them in South Bend.

NORTHWEST CARRIAGE MUSEUM

 

The carriage museum has 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

 

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

 

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