Garibaldi Museum, 112 Garibaldi Ave., preserves the maritime heritage of Oregon with emphasis on Capt. Robert Gray, his historic sailing vessels Lady Washington and Columbia Rediviva and late 18th-century sailing technology. In 1792 Gray was the first European to enter the mouth of the Columbia River, an event that later helped document American claims to the Oregon Country.
Exhibits include ship models and sculpture, sail-making tools and early navigational instruments. A cutaway ship model shows how vessels were provisioned for long voyages. The Children's Corner includes 18th-century toys and children's attire. One gallery displays the history of Garibaldi with photos and artifacts from the logging and fishing industries and the U.S. Life Saving Service.