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.
Got a question for the museum? Call us (503) 436.9301, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a text message to (503) 893.5796.
last updated March 4, 2022
We have fully re-opened the Museum!
We’re so thankful for all of your support during our closure and we are so excited to welcome you all back!
We are back to our regular hours, open every day from 11a to 4p. We are closed on Tuesdays. Come visit us today, no appointment necessary.
Please note, we will require masks indoors for as long as the state of Oregon requires it. Be kind
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum.
We will continue to post unique, fun, and interesting history on our social media accounts.
– Cannon Beach History Center & Museum Board of Directors
The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum’s Cottage and Garden Tour is on!
This beloved three-day event, now in its 19th year, will take place the weekend of September 9th. This year we are coming back live and in person!
The Cottage Tour is Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s annual fundraiser which brings in 20% of our annual income. Our small-town museum is home to over 12,000 photos, thousands of historic documents, and artifacts, as well as permanent and temporary exhibits related to the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, Cannon Beach and Arch Cape, shipwrecks, and more. The museum is also home to the cannon that Cannon Beach is named for! The tour has received numerous accolades over the years in Oregon Home Magazine, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Seattle Times, among others. In 2016, Sunset Magazine called it the “best autumn event in Cannon Beach.” In 2019, we had over 700 attendees and we anticipate exceeding that number in 2022 as we return live and in-person!
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 Director and pictures from our archives. Become a member and claim your premium gift!
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.