Welcome to the Cannon Beach
History Center & Museum
where history comes alive!


The Museum was organized for the purpose of preserving the history of Cannon Beach by seeking, collecting, and protecting historical memorabilia of all kinds, by recording oral histories, and by making these materials available to the public whenever possible.

We invite you to explore our many programs and resources for historical study, get the stamp of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, learn how you can become a member or support the Museum, view historic Cannon Beach photos, or shop history in the online gift shop. Stop by for a visit to the Museum, located at 1387 South Spruce Street on the corner of Spruce and Sunset in Cannon Beach, and let a little history into your life. Open Wednesdays through Mondays, closed on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Museum is FREE, but donations are gladly accepted. The Museum is currently closed. Please read below.

♦ Important Museum Updates – Please read! ♦

  • For the latest decisions concerning Cottage Tour 2021, please visit the Cottage Tour page on our site and make sure to follow us on social media so you never miss any Museum updates.

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community. After consulting with public health experts and state officials, we are temporarily closing the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum.

We will be closed until further notice, and will continue evaluating the situation through this time. For more information on museum hours, events, and exhibits, keep checking this website or visit our Facebook.

You can also continue to support the Museum by donating online, here on our website, simply by clicking this link. We so greatly appreciate your ongoing support and generosity during these times.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum when we reopen.
We will continue to post unique, fun, and interesting history on our social media accounts.




– Cannon Beach History Center & Museum Boards of Directors


What’s Happening at the Museum:


  • 2021 Membership Drive

Have you renewed your Museum Membership for 2021? Want to become a new member of the Museum? You can do all of that, right here! Simply click this link, or head over to Gift Shop/Membership on the tool bar. When you become a member, not only are you helping a private non profit museum, but you’re also supporting the preservation of artifacts from Cannon Beach’s rich history, like the cannon that the town was named for! Your email will automatically be added to our Flashback Friday email newsletter, filled with stories straight from the Director and pictures from our archives. Become a member and claim your premium gift!

  • Self Guided Historic Walking Tour

The new and improved Historic Walking Tour map is being revamped and will be available soon! Click here for a sneak peak! With about twenty different locations in Cannon Beach, Tolovana and Arch Cape.  Tour whenever you like! Check back here soon for a link to download the map and you’ll be on your way to walking the steps of the people who literally established and built Cannon Beach.

  • Photo Scavenger Hunt

Must be in Cannon Beach to participate for now – so sorry!
Follow us on social media to take part of this fun scavenger hunt that the whole family can participate in! Old, historic photos of locations will be uploaded to our social media and the goal is to take a picture of that location now, while matching the angle as much as possible. Winners will be selected and prizes available each month.

We’ll use the hashtag #CBPhotoHunt and don’t forget to tag our Instagram (@cannonbeachmuseum) in the picture too!

Starting soon, so make sure to follow us and check back here regularly!