There is no charge to enter the museum, but there is a gift shop and several donation boxes if you would like to support our efforts. All the work to keep the museum open is performed by volunteers, and all donation go directly towards paying the utility, insurance and other services that are necessary to maintain a safe and welcoming environment. The museum’s goal is to recount the story of 130 years of fishing and cannery history with photos, boat displays, Columbia River Packers Association (CRPA) and Bumble Bee artifacts.
The museum is actually housed inside three industrial freezer rooms that were once packed full of frozen tuna. Here you can see old canning equipment, watched over by life-size banners of women workers on the production lines. Outside of this area, but still under the roof, you will find four historic wooden gillnet boats with their cotton nets and other gear on display.
If you come, please take note of the following suggestions:
- Parking is limited on the forecourt of the pier. Do not attempt to park inside the building, this is reserved for tenants!
- Wear sensible shoes on the pier. You will be walking on uneven, planked and industrial surfaces so please “watch your step.”
- Do not allow your children out of your sight. Beyond the Coffee Girl cafe, the traditional fish dock does not have handrails or restraints.