Museums & Exhibits

  • Located in the middle of the Long Beach Peninsula at Nahcotta on Willapa Bay, the Port has about 90 leased slips. A Brow Hoist Boat Sling is available for lifting boats (30' and under) into and out of Willapa Bay. Construction of a Public Boat Launch Ramp was completed in 2003. Power and water are available, as well as a boat sewage pumpout station, the only one located on Willapa Bay.

  • The Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation was established in 1992 as a non-profit organization. Its goals are to

    • Help fund cranberry research and extension work on the West Coast of the United States and Canada.
    • Maintain a demonstration cranberry farm.
    • Produce cranberries on Foundation property to fund research and extension activities.
    • Provide an educational facility for tourists, local citizens, and schools.

  • Marsh’s Free Museum has entertained visitors to Long Beach, Washington since 1935. Perhaps best known for tabloid king Jake the Alligator Man, Marsh’s is a treasure trove of a curiosity shop.

  • The World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame is the only American Museum dedicated exclusively to the thrill, joy, art, science and world history of kites.

  • Today’s Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum began with brainstorming sessions over breakfast at Red’s Café in Ilwaco. A few persistent phone calls to the Smithsonian Institution were made by Noreen. They led her to get an intern from the University of Washington museum studies program. The intern traveled to Ilwaco and spent a period of weeks instructing the fledgling museum’s all-volunteer staff in the basics of museum management. After that, they were on their own.

  • Cape Disappointment State Park (formerly Fort Canby State Park) is a 1,882-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean. The park offers two miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, an interpretive center and hiking trails. Visitors enjoy beachcombing, ship watching and exploring the area's rich natural and cultural history. The nearby coastal towns of Ilwaco and Long Beach feature special events and festivals spring through fall.

  • The mission of the Knappton Cove Heritage Center is to promote, interpret and preserve the history of the historic U.S. Columbia River Quarantine Station - a National Historic Site - with an emphasis on the role of the U.S. Public Health Service.

  • This is the perfect location for you to find information and do research on photos, cemetery records, Finnish, Swedish and Columbia River History and also find newspapers and books on the history of the Pacific Northwest, including logging, fishing, farming, events, and music.

  • The Historical Society concentrates on the history of the area within approximately a 20-mile radius around the city of Clatskanie. The history of this area started with the Tlatskanai Indians, an Athabascan language tribe. Lewis & Clark passed through the area, naming some features along the river and camping at the mouth of the Clatskanie River. Then the riverboats began to service the area with passengers and freight. Logging and fishing were prominent in the early days with dairying, mink raising and mint farming later.

  • An extensive collection of firefighting equipment and memorabilia from Clatsop County dating back to 1877 are on view at the Uppertown Firefighters Museum. On exhibit are a horsedrawn ladder wagon, hose carts, a 1912 American LaFrance fire truck, a Stutz fire engine, and a 1946 Mack fire truck.

    The collection is housed in a historic red brick building which was originally constructed in 1896 as part of the popular North Pacific Brewery which closed its doors in 1915 due to prohibition. In 1928, the City of Astoria renovated the building for use as the Uppertown Fire Station #2. The station was decommissioned by the City in 1960 and used for equiptment storage until 1989 when the Uppertown Firefighters Museum opened.

  • The Clatsop County Historical Society is an educational organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Clatsop County Oregon and the surrounding area.

  • Today, the Columbia River Maritime Museum’s reputation for the quality of its exhibits and the scope of its collections makes it one of the finest maritime museums in the nation. It was the first museum in Oregon to meet national accreditation standards, and has been designated the official state maritime museum of Oregon.

  • Astoria's Old City Hall building, a neoclassical structure designed by prominent Portland architect Emil Schacht in 1904, is home to the Historical Society's Archive and local history museum. Clatsop County's rich and exciting history is featured in the museums's permanent and changing exhibit galleries.

    Objects on display include a 1,000 year old hunting implement, finely crafted 19th century Chinook and Clatsop Indian baskets, and a sea otter pelt and beaver hat which illuminate the early history of Fort Astoria. Logging and fishing, the two economic mainstays since 1870, are represented in collections of tools, equipment, and photographs. The stories of the many diverse ethnic groups that settled in the area are depicted in the Emigrants Gallery.

    A recent addition to the Heritage Museum's exhibits and located on the second floor is Vice and Virtue in Clatsop County: 1890 to Prohibition. The gallery contains a partially reconstructed famous Astoria saloon and illustrates Astoria's seedy past when the town was known along the West Coast for its infamous saloons and brothels. Also, located on the second floor is the Society's Archive and Research Library. Researchers are welcome. Hours are Tuesday Friday from 10 AM to Noon and 1 PM to 3 PM. Other hours available by appointment, please call (503) 325-2203 to schedule.

  • As one of the best preserved examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Northwest, the Flavel House survives today as a landmark of local and national significance. The house was built in 1884-85, for Captain George Flavel and his family. The Captain, who made his fortune through his occupation as a river bar pilot and through real estate investments, built the Flavel House as his retirement home at the age of 62. The Flavel House has been restored to accurately portray the elegance of the Victorian period and the history of the Flavel family.

  • The Oregon Film Museum celebrates the art and legacy of films and film-making in the State of Oregon.

  • Explore the timeless rainforests and majestic coastal vistas. Discover the rich heritage of the Native people. Unfold the dramatic stories of America's most famous explorers.

    The Park encompasses sites along the Columbia River and the Pacific Coast. Follow the explorer's footsteps and have an adventure in history.

  • Learn the history of Oregon's first seaside resort.

  • The museum includes artifacts from the throughout the county. You will see a variety of rocks and other items from the local Native American tribes. In addition to that, we have logging information, pictures and tools, as well as items depicting the life of early settlers in the Nehalem Valley region.

  • Our goal is to preserve the history of Cannon Beach by seeking, collecting, and protecting historical artifacts and memorabilia of all kinds, by recording oral histories, and by making these materials available to the public whenever possible.

  • The Garibaldi Museum is nestled between the base of Captain Robert Gray Mountain and the Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi, Oregon. The museum is chartered to preserve the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest by collecting information concerning Captain Robert Gray and Captain Robert Gray's historical vessels, the Lady Washington and the Columbia Rediviva.

  • The history of Tillamook County serves as a reminder of the diverse people who have called it home. From the Tillamook Indians to Captain Gray’s 1788 voyage into Tillamook Bay, this stretch of the north Oregon coast is a living memorial to those who came before. Tillamook County’s rich history is preserved for all to enjoy at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum.

  • See one of America's finest collections of over 30 magnificently restored warbirds including our P-38 Lightning, F4U-Corsair, P51-Mustang, PBY Catalina and SBD Dauntless dive bomber. Explore our Exhibit Hall with rare wartime and aviation artifacts! Have lunch at our 40/50's Café.