Comfort Suites Columbia River
3420 Leif Erickson Dr
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-2000
Fax: (503) 325-5335
Arts & Museums
Located in Astoria on the mouth of the Columbia River, this museum holds one of the largest collections of maritime artifacts in the West. Astoria is the gateway to the trade and travel of the Pacific, and many a ship saw her demise in the often-rough waters of America's longest east-west river. This is the only accredited museum of its type in the western states and is Oregon's official maritime museum. From canoes to submarines, there is plenty of interesting water-vessel history to be explored.
The Heritage Museum is one of the city's best museums. Operating under the Clatsop County Historical Society banner, this museum was built in 1904 and was designed by architect Emil Schacht. The museum is an archive of all things 'local history' and displays both temporary as well as permanent exhibits. Among the items on display there are arts and crafts from the 19th century, fishing and hunting equipments, photographs and more from the by-gone era. Call ahead to know more.
If you’re looking for a piece of history housed in a gorgeous Neoclassical structure, then Astoria City Hall is a definite must-see in your list. Designed by renowned architect Emil Schacht in 1904, today the city hall is home to the Historical Society’s Archive and Local History Museum. The museum has an astounding collection of both permanent and changing exhibits which beautifully describe the story of Clatsop County’s rich and exciting history. Also located on the second floor is the Society’s Archive and Research Library which welcomes researchers. The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00a to noon, and 1:00p to 3:00p.
Children of all ages will enjoy the imaginative exhibits and programs at this museum. Permanent exhibits include boats to sail, a child-sized grocery store, and a Creation Station where children work on an art or craft project.
The Queen-styled Victorian house of the former captain George, the Flavel House Museum, has been given the recognition of a historic site. Within the house, visitors will encounter furnishings that reflect the history of Astoria. The house is defined by a octagon tower with beautiful, ancient themed verandas. The on-site Carriage House now serves as a gift and goods store. Aesthetically pleasing to every visitor, the house is certainly a must visit attraction to every person at the city of Astoria. Call ahead for more information.
The old Clatsop County Jail houses the Oregon Film Museum. The museum commemorates the movie making legacy of the state. The building, formerly a jail, was the setting of scene from the popular film, The Goonies.
The Columba Pacific Heritage Museum (formerly known as the Ilwaco Heritage Museum) is a fine museum of local history and culture. Hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Dedicated to collecting, interpreting, and preserving materials and artifacts relating to Seaside's history, this museum contains numerous exhibits and artifacts on the history of Seaside and the surrounding area.
Marsh's Free Museum in Long Beach, is arguably the weirdest free museum in the city. With rare oddities like the Alligator Man, a bowl made from human skin and plenty of shrunken heads, this place has entertained and spooked locals and tourists effectively since 1935. Drop in, pet the two-headed calf and other inmates, pick up cool seashells or take home free antiques, this one's not to be missed.
Relive the 8,000 mile journey of Lewis and Clark at this interpretive center that is filled with huge murals, paintings, photographs, and entries from original journals. The center is located on top of two silent gun emplacements that guarded the river's mouth from 1905 through World War II. An enclosed viewing room that features spectacular views and is great for whale watching is also located in the center.
Open from April to December, this 10-acre demonstration cranberry farm features both the history and the contemporary methods of cranberry farming. Its 1,200 square foot museum contains numerous photographs, exhibits, and artifacts. Self-guided walking tours of the bogs are available.
"The only American museum dedicated exclusively to the thrill, joy, art, science and world history of kites," the World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame has extensive archival materials and outstanding kite collections.