Museums in Astoria, Oregon

In the winter we need some ideas of things to do indoors.  Did you know that there are several museums you can visit in Astoria?  Astoria is a short drive from Cannon Beach and Seaside and full of history.  Check out one or more of the museums below on your next trip and stay with us at one of our four properties.  In Cannon Beach: Blue Gull Inn or Inn at Haystack Rock.  In Seaside: Gilbert Inn (B & B for 18yrs+ ), and Inn at the Prom (oceanfront hotel).

Museums in Astoria:

  • Bumble Bee Cannery Museum
    • bumble-bee_smallerBumble Bee Seafoods was founded in Astoria, Oregon and closed its headquarters there in 1981.  They operated in what is now the oldest cannery building still standing on the Columbia River. The Hanthorn Cannery Foundation was founded in 2003 by former workers and managers of the Columbia River Packers Association (CRPA) and the Bumble Bee Seafood Corporation.  You can visit their museum on Pier 39 to see historic equipment and documents, including three wooden gill-netters on permanent display.  While you’re there check out Rogue Ale House for a meal or Coffee Girl for coffee or a bite to eat.


Located on the waterfront in Astoria and open from 9:30-5 daily. Learn about the Columbia River Bar, one of the most dangerous passages in the world. The museum has the largest collection of Pacific Northwest maritime artifacts in the country. There are several exhibits, including an exhibit on the U.S. Coast Guard and an exhibit that talks about the dangerous passage where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean and hundreds of ships that have shipwrecked. There is also a 3D movie theater.  The Astoria Old Riverfront Trolley runs right in front of the museum.


  • Flavel Houseflavel-house_smaller

    • The Queen Anne home was built in 1885 by Captain George Flavel. He made his fortune as a river bar pilot and through real estate investments, and built this 11,600 square foot home to retire in. The home has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1951 and has been restored to portray the Victorian period.


Astoria’s Old City Hall building, built in 1904, is home to the heritage-museum_smallerHistorical Society’s Archive and local history museum.  They have items that represent the early 19th century including Chinook and Clatsop Indian baskets, and a sea otter pelt and beaver hat.  You will also see logging and fishing represented in the collections of tools, equipment, and photographs.  There is currently an exhibit called Vice and Virtue in Clatsop County: 1890 to Prohibition. The gallery contains a partially reconstructed famous Astoria saloon.



  • Museum of Whimsy

    • Housed in the Old Bank of Astoria, the Museum of Whimsy shows a collection of the whimsical and the fantastic.


  • oregon-film-museum_smallerOregon Film Museum

    • The Oregon Film Museum is housed in the old Clatsop County Jail, across the street from the Flavel House.  Come learn more about the movies filmed in Oregon and explore this building that was an actual working jail (from 1914 – 1976), it was also the scene of the opening jail break from The Goonies.
    • See this link for movies filmed in Oregon


  • Uppertown Firefighters Museum

    • Come see a collection of firefighting equipment and memorabilia from Clatsop County dating back to 1877. On exhibit are a horsedrawn ladder wagon, hose carts, a 1912 American LaFrance fire truck, a Stutz fire engine, and a 1946 Mack fire truck.
    • They have seasonal hours. Please call for availability.