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


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is currently closed. Please read on below and check back here in the future for reopening announcements.

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! ♦




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


Updated: September 4th, 2021


What’s Happening at the Museum:


  • Cottage Tour 2021

We are so excited to announce that the 2021 Cottage Tour is officially live!! This fabulous autumn event gives you the opportunity to learn about historic locations throughout Cannon Beach, Arch Cape, and Tolovana. Our highly anticipated home tour is not only our main fundraiser, but a lot of fun! This year, for the safety of all, the tour will take place as a contactless, drive by tour. You will have the opportunity to learn about nearly twenty historic locations throughout our community. A map will be available by donation here on our website, and will include historic information, photos, and design information about the architecture, landscape, and interior of each home or location. You won’t need your walking shoes this year, or even a mask! You don’t even have to get out of your car.  CLICK HERE to donate, and we will email you the password for your DIGITAL MAP!


  • Cottage Tour Tea Box

In addition to the tour, we will have Cottage Tour Tilly Tea Boxes available for purchase now!! These boxes are very limited stock, with less than 50 available, you’ll want to act fast to secure yours! Each box comes with the Cottage Tour Digital Map Password, along with our signature blend of Tilly Tea, made for us by Beach House Teas, and decadent chocolate from the Cannon Beach Chocolate Cafe, plus a few more small surprises!



What else is happening in 2021:


  • 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 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.