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.

Come visit explore the museum today, located at 1387 South Spruce Street on the corner of Spruce and Sunset in Cannon Beach, and let a little history into your life.

The Museum is open from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, closed on Tuesday & Sunday (archival research available by appointment only on Sunday). Admission is FREE, but donations are gladly accepted.

Got a question for the  museum? Call us (503) 436.9301, email us at info@cbhistory.org, or send a text message to (503) 893.5796.

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What’s Happening at the Museum:


  • December Events:

    • Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 4:00p
      Talk with Doug Kenck-Crispin about Oregon’s WW2 Experience & Annual Membership Meeting. Save The Date! Free museum event! Join us for a free meeting of the Museum’s membership as we do a brief overview of the past year at the museum and afterwards, don’t miss a talk on WW2 and the effect it had on Oregon from Kick Ass Oregon History ‘s own Doug Kenck-Crispin.
    • Saturday, December 17, 2022 from 11a to 4p
      You’re invited to the museum’s holiday party! The holiday season comes alive at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum this December! Join us for an all-day holiday event for both kids and adults on Saturday, December 17, 2022, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be lots to do for all ages including a hot chocolate bar, arts and crafts, and even a visit from Santa! There will also be face painting, and a special story time, featuring local Cannon Beach author, Bee Sandness (formerly Bee Dugan) as she reads her children’s book, Ceasar the No Drama Llama. Don’t miss out on this family fun event! This event is free and open to the public.



We at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum are putting out an open call for work for our upcoming temporary exhibit, “Art Along the Coast: A Collective Exhibition” featuring up to 10 different artists showcasing mixed media art. We are looking for people to submit up to 5 pieces of any mixed media art featuring imagery along the coast from Astoria all the way to Newport.
Submit your work and a short biography, along with any questions, to the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum at info@cbhistory.org.

Artists that are chosen will be contacted via email no later than the end of December, and each artist may choose to sell their art at the Museum if they wish. Work must be submitted by December 15th, as decisions will be made by the end of December, and work will be put on display by January 20th. Artwork that is chosen must be mounted or framed in order to be put on display. Artists are responsible for shipping or dropping off their own artwork. This seasonal exhibit will be on display from January 20th through May 2023.

  • Cannon Beach A Place by the Sea by Terence O’Donnell book reprint!

We want to extend a giant THANK YOU to dear friends of the museum Mike Clark and Candace Holzgrafe, for generously donating the funds to get the book Cannon Beach A Place by the Sea by Terence O’Donnell reprinted – over $8000+!! ?? We also have to mention another huge THANK YOU to Rainmar Bartl and Karen Leedom for taking on this huge project.This book is what our museum’s permanent exhibit is based on. We will announce when we have the book back in stock. We feel so lucky to have such amazing friends!


  • 2022 Membership Drive

Have you renewed your Museum Membership for 2022? 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 museum team and pictures from our archives. Become a member and claim your premium gift!

  • Self Guided Historic Walking Tour Map

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