Explore the crossroads of history where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Through four permanent collection galleries in the main building and the freight depot of the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company, visitors to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum traverse the history of the Columbia Pacific region.
What is the Columbia Pacific region? In this region where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, is a history rich with the Chinook culture, European explorers, 19th century pioneers, fishermen, cranberry growers, loggers and summer people adding local flavor. The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is the one place where you can explore all of it through artifacts, images and stories.
In addition to 4 permanent collection galleries the Museum has a restored freight depot and the narrow gauge passenger car NAHCOTTA from the Ilwaco Rail and Navigation Company, also known as “the Clamshell Railroad.” The special exhibition galleries change
5 times per year with engaging and critically acclaimed shows on local history, culture and art.
The Museum gift shop is THE place to find books by local historians as well as crafts by Chinook tribe members, posters, t-shirts and more.
Take advantage of free entry on Thursdays courtesy of the Port of Ilwaco. Guided Group Tours are also available.
More Information: columbiapacificheritagemuseum.com or 360.642.3446
Visit all our area Museums & Interpretive Centers: