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 Monday, closed on Tuesday. 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.


♦ Important Museum Updates – Please read! ♦

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 don’t require masks and we support you if you want to wear one. 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


What’s Happening at the Museum:

  • Cannon Beach A Place by the Sea by Terence O’Donnell 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+!! 🥰🥳

Also, another huge THANK YOU to Rainmar Bartl and Karen Leedom for taking on this big 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 Director 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