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If you have purchased tickets for the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour and have not received an email confirmation, we are experiencing a high volume of orders and will be able to send out confirmations as soon as we are able to. Thank you for your support!

Tickets Now Available for the 21st Annual Cannon Beach Cottage Tour!

CANNON BEACH, Ore. – Heralded as the “best autumn event in Cannon Beach” by Sunset Magazine, the 21st Annual Cannon Beach Cottage Tour returns with a weekend packed with activities from September 13-15, featuring the much-anticipated home tour on Saturday, September 14. Join us in celebrating over two decades of opening doors to historic cottages, beach dream homes, and architectural marvels. This beloved fundraiser for the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum has, for more than 20 years, showcased numerous homes, many highlighted in The Oregonian and Oregon Home Magazine.

While the home tour is the highlight, kick off the festivities on Friday, September 13, with the Opening Night Benefit Bash at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. Doors open at 5:30 PM, welcoming you to an evening filled with music by Heather Christie Band, hors d’oeuvres, local brews from Pelican Brewing Company, wines from The Wine Shack, and a chance to bid on exclusive items in our second annual silent auction. Explore the rich history of Cannon Beach through the museum’s exhibits in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

The home tour itself takes place on Saturday, September 14, from 12 PM to 5 PM. This year’s theme centers on cottages built over 80 years ago, located in areas like the Presidential Streets and behind the Coaster Theatre, with some homes being a century old. Your ticket also includes “Out on the Town” perks, offering discounts at local businesses. We strongly encourage advance ticket purchases, as prices will increase on the day of the tour. Maps will be distributed at noon on the day of the tour.

Stay for the new Paint and Sip Workshop on Sunday, September 15. Enjoy beverages and treats from Cannon Beach Bakery and Cannon Beach Chocolate Café while painting under the guidance of local artist Dmitri Swain. Have you ever wanted to capture the natural beauty of a coastal seascape or the rustic quaintness of a beach cottage in the sand dunes? In this beginner level watercolor course, you will learn simple techniques to create expressive watercolor compositions. No previous art knowledge is needed. All supplies will be provided for students. Choose between a morning session from 10 AM to 12 PM or an afternoon session from 1 PM to 3 PM. Tickets are limited and expected to sell out quickly.

Tickets are available now:

  • Opening Night Benefit Bash: Admission by donation
  • Home Tour: $45 in advance, $50 on the day of the tour; purchase tickets here.
  • Paint & Sip: $45 per session; purchase tickets for the 10am class here; purchase tickets for the 1pm class here.

Museum members receive a special discount, please call us for details. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 503-436-9301, in person at the museum, or online at www.cbhistory.org/shop.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, a private non-profit organization, is dedicated to preserving the history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape. Admission to the museum is donation-based, ensuring accessibility for all. Proceeds from the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour support the museum’s lecture series, field trips, exhibits, and operational costs to ensure that the museum remains free for all.

For more information about tickets or events, contact the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum at 503-436-9301 or info@cbhistory.org.

Click on the link to purchase raffle tickets!

The Museum was organized for the purpose of preserving the history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape 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, closed Sunday – Tuesday. Admission is FREE, and donations are gladly accepted!

Got a question for the museum? Call us (503) 436.9301, email us at info@cbhistory.org.


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What’s Happening at the Museum:


  • Our online archival public access portal is LIVE!

You can now access, search, and explore our digital archives from home – with historic artifacts being accessioned and uploaded daily. Click on ARCHIVES at the top right of this page, or just click here to start exploring! This project was made possible by the generous Community Grant funds awarded to the museum by the City of Cannon Beach. Museum staff, Liz and Andrea, have worked tirelessly to bring this project to life, while simultaneously putting together the Cottage Tour events and working to build new exhibits at the museum. They are still accessioning and uploading files to the portal, so not every single thing in our archives will be readily available to view just yet. If you’d like to help with this process, email info@cbhistory.org today!


  • 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 and Tracey Clark and Candace and Jon 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. We feel so lucky to have such amazing friends! This book is what our museum’s permanent exhibit is based on and is officially back on sale. Grab yours from our gift shop today!


  • 2024 Membership Drive

Have you renewed your Museum Membership for 2024? 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.



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