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Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

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Address: 115 Lake St SE, Ilwaco, WA 98624-9198
Phone Number: +1 360-642-3446
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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Explore the crossroads of history where the Columbia River meets the...

Explore the crossroads of history where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Discover the history of the railroad that ran by the tide, fishing, logging and early explorers of the Columbia-Pacific region.

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If you're interested in the local history this is the perfect museum to visit

This is a great place to learn about all the historical eras, geographic landmarks, people and places of this region. It's not huge, but the way they use the space is ingenious... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 June 2016
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Denver, Colorado
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Glendale, Arizona
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30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I learned lots about the bridge not much about Ilwaco though! In some ways it was good with the part about the Native people but it seemed to lack a flow. I liked the model trains but they were someway a part of the confusion of the story. I think this is a museum that needs a direction or a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

This is a great place to learn about all the historical eras, geographic landmarks, people and places of this region. It's not huge, but the way they use the space is ingenious and they've put a lot of time and thought into the displays. They have quite a bit of local artifacts, as well as art, and re-creations of items... More 

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Jewett, Texas
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

This is a nice little museum,but only so-so.The Village Gallery needs a bit more commentary, and it would have been interesting to actually go into the train passenger coach instead of just walking alongside it. Wish we had known it was free on Thursdays...we went on Friday.

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Ilwaco, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

Great Historic Museum, with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Many displays & items that relate to the area's Scandinavian roots. Great information on early fishing & Ilwaco as an old Finnish village.

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Thank Rondeewill
Paso Robles, California
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015

Volunteers brought the local history to life at this great museum. though it contained a lot of Lewis and Clark history there was so much more than that.

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Burnaby, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015

I found it very interesting. I liked all the different displays, the train was cool to look at, the native displays are always educational. I really liked the minature houses.

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Ogden, Utah
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205 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2015 via mobile

I really like small town museums The people that volunteer at them have a personal interest. This place is a very good museum and the people are very knowledgeable Will definitely go back here

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Milwaukie, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2014

This is wonderful as it truly lays out the history of the Long Beach Penesula. It works from the discovery of the region by native Americans to Lewis & Clarkto & the growth of the community to the imact of the railway to life saving in the area. They run special shows and have a great gift shop. This is... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2014

This is a very small local museum. It is easy to walk through in under an hour. I would have liked to see more on the history of the area. They have old train cars from the railroad that use to run through the area.

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Thank M L
Skaneateles
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41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

I thought this would be a hokey tourist attraction, but it was a great learning experience. I learned about shipwrecks, the Coast Guard, life on a lightship, and nautical history. The exhibits were interesting and the museum is bigger than it looks. Best thing to do in Astoria!

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