Clatsop County Historical Society is a 501(C)(3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Clatsop County Oregon and the surrounding area. The Society operates the Flavel House Museum, the Heritage Museum, the Oregon Film Museum, and the Uppertown Firefighters Museum.
Preserve Yesterday•Inform Today•Inspire Tomorrow
Blocked Out: Tace and Place in the Making of Modern Astoria is the featured current temporary exhibits at the Heritage Museum located on 16th and Exchange.
In Cedar People, learn about the Native American peoples who first inhabited the lower Columbia region prior to the arrival of Europeans.
Exhibit highlights include the basketry of Clatsop tribal members Jennie Michel and Kate Jurhs and a recreated longhouse for visitors young and old to explore.
In Astor’s People, learn the harrowing story of the founding of the first US settlement west of the Rocky Mountains and the significant successes that followed.
Immigrants explores the experiences of the diverse groups of immigrants to the Lower Columbia region with a look at where they worked, their home lives, religious practices, and leisure activities.
The Bounty of Clatsop County explores how the area’s wealth of natural resources contributed to the growth and prosperity of Clatsop County.
The Astoria of the mid to late-nineteenth century was a frontier seaport and a land of contrasts and contradictions. Vice & Virtue explores early tensions through historic photos, artifacts from the era, and a recreated saloon.
Choose Your Adventure in History
Flavel House Museum
Experience the elegance of the late Victorian period by touring the home of Captain George Flavel. This 1886 Queen Anne home features original Eastlake influenced woodwork, period furnishings, and exotic hardwood fireplace mantels. Begin your tour at the Carriage House Visitor Center (located behind the house on the corner of 7th & Exchange Streets), which houses additional exhibits, the museum store, and orientation video.
Built in 1904 as Astoria’s City Hall, this building is now home to the Clatsop County Historical Society’s regional museum. Explore the history of Clatsop County through temporary and permanent exhibits featuring Native Americans, early pioneers, immigrants, and local industries. The Society’s Research Center and Archives are also at this location.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
closed Monday and Tuesday
Adult $5 | Senior $5 | Youth $21618 Exchange St, Astoria
Oregon Film Museum
More than 300 major motion pictures have been filmed in the State of Oregon—it’s time to make yours! The museum invites visitors to explore the production behind making movies by starring in their own films. Visit this small, historic building that was an actual working jail (from 1914–1976) and the scene of the famous opening jail break from the Goonies.
Uppertown Firefighters Museum
The Uppertown Firefighters Museum houses an extensive collection of fire fighting equipment dating from 1873 to 1963. Featured are hand-pulled, horse-drawn, and motorized fire engines, as well as fire fighting memorabilia and photos.