With such ideal and unadulterated access to ocean trade and commerce, it is no wonder that Portland's maritime history is so closely entwined with the very development of the city itself. This access was key to Portland's development from simply a small port town to that of a metropolitan powerhouse.
Dedicated to protecting and preserving this rich nautical past, the Oregon Maritime Center and Museum has become the very embodiment of Portland's river and boating history. The museum is committed to collecting and sharing the river and ocean history of the city of Portland through extensive exhibits and tours led by expert guides. Uniquely located on a steam-powered paddle-wheel tug boat, the entire museum physically floats on the west side of the Willamette River between the Morrison and Burnside bridges in downtown Portland.
The museum showcases international exhibits of models and artifacts dating back to early sailing vessel models. It also includes complete tours of stern-wheel tug boats and small barges. A well-known highlight of the museum is being able to enter the engine room and explore all the various boiler, steam engines, and control systems of earlier eras. The Oregon Maritime Center and Museum also provides valuable information about Portland's surrounding bridges, dams, and waterfront parks. The Oregon Maritime Center and Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in the rich nautical history of Portland itself.
- Wednesday through Sunday: 11am to 4pm
- Adults: $5
- Seniors (62+): $4
- Students (6-17): $3
- Children (under age 6): Free
- Max Stop:
- Max Blue Line or Red Line to the Oak/SW 1st Ave Station
- Location: 115 SW Ash St. Suite 400C, Portland, OR
- Phone: 503-224-7724
- Website: www.oregonmaritimemuseum.org