Explore the history of the Columbia River from the days of dugout canoes, through the age of sail, to present. Discover the stories of the legendary Columbia River Bar, one of the most dangerous passages in the world, at the nationally renowned Columbia River Maritime Museum.
Founded in 1962 with the mission to collect and preserve historical and cultural material relevant to the Columbia River, the Columbia River Maritime Museum is a private non-profit organization funded by membership, contributions and admission fees. The Museum is designated as the official maritime museum of the State of Oregon.
Built on the banks of the great Columbia River, the Museum is designed to integrate the incredible unfolding scenery of the Columbia River directly outside the panoramic windows. Experience the Columbia River in all its splendor and fascination in the Brix Maritime Hall, bringing to life the rich maritime history of the Pacific Northwest.
We collect, preserve, display and interpret the maritime history, culture and art of the Columbia River, its tributaries, and the waters of the North Pacific for the education and enjoyment of the public.
We aspire to be a world class museum, telling powerful stories that inspire people with enthusiasm, curiosity and appreciation for our maritime heritage, through excellence in collections, exhibits and programming.
Our Core Values
Foster Lifelong Learning
Embrace Innovation and Improvement
Show Respect for the Public, History and the Cultures we Interpret
Value Partnership, Communication and Collaboration
Uphold Integrity in all Actions
Foster a Collegial Environment