We are happy to welcome visitors free of charge on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. during July & August.
COVID Precautions: While we are no longer requiring masks inside the museum, face masks are welcome and remain an important preventive measure against COVID-19. Anyone needing or choosing to wear one is encouraged to do so.
Open House | May 20 | 1-4 pm
"I Smell a Rat!'
Join us as we unveil our newest exhibit in partnership with the CCC MERTS program! Students have constructed a rat guard for ships using US PHS historic diagrams. Rat guards were used to prevent rats, notorious for spreading disease, from getting aboard ships.
Friedrich Schuler will read from his new book, Pestered by Plague: The U. S. Public Health Service Station in Astoria, OR and Knappton Cove, WA, from Cannery to Quarantine Station 1899-1901.
Saturday July 8 | 10-4
Sunday July 9|10-3
Living History Encampment
Annual Meeting | Saturday 2 pm
Interact with the Pacific NW Living Historians as they interpret topics from the Lewis & Clark Expedition. And, while you're learning something new about life in 1805, sip some lemonade and hear about what's new at Knappton Cove.
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1912 USPHS Quarantine Hospital
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short video exhibit
Board Member Friedrich E. Schuler has a new book out, Pestered by Plague: The U. S. Public Health Service Station in Astoria, OR and Knappton Cove, WA, from Cannery to Quarantine Station 1899-1901. It explores how the Plague scare in 1899 hastened the opening of the Columbia River Quarantine Station. Hear an excerpt from the book at our Open House on May 20.
By Board Member Friedrich E. Schuler, Professor of History at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Read his interview in the PSU News!
A Shield for the Columbia offers the stories behind the founding of the quarantine station of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) at Knappton Cove, Washington and Astoria, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River. It is a compelling account of unlikely political and economic alliances featuring the United States Marine Hospital Service (USMHS), transpacific shipping lines, Astoria's business community, and members of the U.S. Congress.