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Hanthorn Cannery Museum

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About Us

The historic Hanthorn Cannery is the oldest fish processing plant remaining on the lower Columbia River. Our facility houses a collection of historic equipment and documents that is second only to the Columbia River Maritime Museum in the region. Many of these resources are accessible to the public at our museum, located at what is now called Pier 39, in historic Astoria, Oregon.

The Hanthorn Cannery Foundation was founded in 2003 by former workers and managers of the Columbia River Packers Association (CRPA) and the Bumble Bee Seafood Corporation to commemorate the work done by thousands of employees who worked there between 1875 and the late 20th century. Bumble Bee Seafoods was founded in Astoria, Oregon, and closed its headquarters there in 1981.

The Hanthorn Cannery Foundation is a Federal 501 C-3 Corporation dedicated to the preservation of the history of the cannery industry and the cannery workers. The foundation operates a free museum located on pier 39 at the east end of Astoria in the oldest cannery building still standing on the Columbia River, dating from 1875. The Museum displays several wooden gill-netters and other craft on permanent loan, canning machinery, and processing equipment inside the original freezer rooms where tuna was stored before canning. The foundation's goals are to maintain and improve the museum and to create a Cannery Woman?s Memorial Park on the adjacent waterfront.

Bumble Bee Seafoods Interpretive Center at Hanthon Cannery is open daily from 9am to 6pm.

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