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Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

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Address: 115 Lake St SE, Ilwaco, WA 98624-9198
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+1 360-642-3446
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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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Wonderful Museum, a must see!

This small elite museum holds the local heritage of the peninsula. You can explore the Crossroads of History, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. During the year the... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2017
Seaview, Washington
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Seaview, Washington
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103 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

This small elite museum holds the local heritage of the peninsula. You can explore the Crossroads of History, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. During the year the museum features interesting exhibits, and the permanent exhibition galleries showcase the rich history the region.

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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were just going to take a quick tour through this museum but ended up staying an hour and a half! The docents and volunteers were very knowledgeable and the exhibits or exceptional. A great museum for this area rich with history.

Thank sheadogOregon
Glendale, Arizona
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

Thank BonsaiMe
Denver, Colorado
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87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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 

Thank TravelRaven
Jewett, Texas
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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3 reviews
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.

Thank Rondeewill
Paso Robles, California
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 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.

Thank mari b
Burnaby, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

Thank marianne g
Ogden, Utah
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228 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 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

Thank Alan B
Milwaukie, Oregon
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116 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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 

Thank gary b

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