Watching videos is one of many ways to learn about the North Coast’s history. While many local museums are still closed to the public because of the coronavirus, here are five resources to learn about local history while at home.

Lewis and Clark

A still from one of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park’s videos.

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park: closing in March, the park has started posting “Fridays with a Ranger” videos, where park rangers teach different skills to viewers. Other videos on the channel feature guest speakers and scenes of the park.

The park plans to upload historical films and educational videos from the park that can be used for children.

The park also has cell phone audio tours that can be experienced by calling 503-207-2240. The tours are typically listened to at the park but can be listened to anywhere.


Columbia River Maritime Museum employee Kelly McKenzie, in one of the museum’s videos.

Columbia River Maritime Museum: the last two months, museum staff have made educational videos about everything maritime. Topics range from local salmon to nautical slang.

Heritage museum

One of Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s videos.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum: a bit dated, the museum’s YouTube channel features previous guest speakers’ presentations. The videos are a way to learn more about the Long Beach Peninsula and some of its residents.

Discover Pacific County

One of the stills from Discover Pacific County’s videos.

Discover Pacific County:

The organization’s YouTube channel features video archives of Pacific County, including historical videos about Columbia River gillnetters and the Columbia River Estuary.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

A scene from one of Oregon Coast Aquarium’s videos.

Oregon Coast Aquarium: aquarium’s YouTube channel features a variety of marine life videos, plus educational videos from the aquarium’s staff. Videos feature octopus, sea jelly and more.

The aquarium’s website,, also features live cams of seabirds, sharks and sea otters.

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