#63: Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum

This is part of our 100 Things in 2014 challenge. Here’s the full list.

Right along the main drag in Astoria, there’s this really cool museum. We spent some time exploring the exhibits.


This might be the first time either of them has used a phone handset like these.


Will’s in the Chinooks class at his school, so he was proud and amazed at this photo of a Chinook salmon.


This boat is from Japan, and was carried away during the big tsunami. It eventually washed up in Oregon, and when the owner said he didn’t want it back, it made its way here.


Our entry included in-and-out privileges, so we decided to get out in the fresh air for a while. The old riverfront railway has been turned into a walking trail, so we walked it.


Our destination was lunch at the Bridgewater Bistro. We were amazed by at least two things:

  1. The kids’ activities were something other than crayons!
  2. The gluten-free fish and chips was probably the best fish and chips we’ve ever had. Of any kind. Yes, including London and Edinburgh.


After lunch, we rode the historic trolley down to the end of the line, and then back.


We arrived back at the museum, and took a tour of the Lightship Columbia. Will and Lucy loved seeing how the lightship crew slept and ate.


If you’re ever in the Astoria area, think really hard about whether you want to miss this place.

2 thoughts on “#63: Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum

  1. I am looking for kid photos at the Columbia River Maritime Museum to use with a story about fun family treks on the Oregon Coast. I would be grateful if you would grate me permission to use one of your images.

    • Ingrid, that would be just fine. Feel free to grab one, or if it’s not big enough, let us know and we’ll send you the original. Could you send us a link to the finished article when it’s done?

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