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Address: 1618 Exchange St, Astoria, OR 97103-3615
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+1 503-338-4849

In the building that was once Astoria's city hall, the Heritage Museum...

In the building that was once Astoria's city hall, the Heritage Museum records the colorful past of Clatsop County.

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Interesting history of the locale!

Nice blend of local history. From Clatsop Indians to Baudy Houses, Illicit Liquor, and the fur trade, this Museum has some great displays! Take the time to read the plaques.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Don M
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice blend of local history. From Clatsop Indians to Baudy Houses, Illicit Liquor, and the fur trade, this Museum has some great displays! Take the time to read the plaques.

Thank Don M
Portland, Oregon
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68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

While this venue isn't as compelling as the maritime museum, it is certainly worth a visit. You will be exposed to the history of Astoria, warts and all. Many folks today have no concept of the KKK, prohibition, and unfair labor practices - but you'll be exposed to it here. As well as they brave and tough Americans that worked... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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363 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed this museum. We only went here because it was part of a three museum pass that we purchased, but we are certainly glad we did. Lots of exhibits and history for this interesting town, from the time Native Americans were the only occupants in the area and an example of their... More 

1 Thank ThomasTCat
Cincinnati, Ohio
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

We thought the museum was interesting and worth the admission. We are interested in history, but I am sure some people would be interested in their wall of the bawdy part of town in their early years. Good overall history of the bridge a well.

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Jax, FL
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505 reviews
218 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This area celebrates four Native American tribes were for trappers and hunters long before the explores came to this area. Later, in my recent history, this museum documents logging companies, trade in furs, farming and fishing, as major industries in this area. This became the first settlement by explorers in the west. In recent years movies have been filmed in... More 

1 Thank Brewer4
Aurora, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I spent part of an hour going through the Heritage Museum. The house was interesting as it was built in 1904. The museum has a decent depiction of native life in the area before the arrival of the white man. I particularly found the second floor exhibit on the funding and construction of the Astoria-Megler Bridge and the role that... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

This is an interesting place for history buffs. The exhibits include the natives before any british settlement, the life in the first settlement, history of the astoria bridge, etc.

1 Thank Xeratol
Gastonia, North Carolina
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This place reminds me of my elementary school trips to the local museum. It has some lackluster displays with very little authenticity and a few photos and exhibits placed here and there with no rhyme or reason. Most of the video screen for the interactive displays said "Coming soon" and the poor guy working the front desk just looked miserable.

Thank Bub W
Indio, California
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126 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Understanding the origins of populating and settling the Pacific Northwest start with an understanding of the fur trade, a worldwide enterprise in the late 18th century. And perhaps none other than John Jacob Astor, for whom the town is named, played a more pivotal role in this trade. This museum provides a wonderful exhibit about this, and much more -such... More 

1 Thank Dennis S
Denver, Colorado
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190 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016

Good for a rainy-day visit. Elevator to take you upstairs if you need it. Local history museum with some displays that would be interesting for families. Work is being done on the street outside, so parking is limited.

1 Thank LetsGoDen

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