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 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 and Monday, closed on Tuesday & Sunday (archival research available by appointment only on Sunday). 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, or send a text message to (503) 893.5796


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What’s Happening at the Museum:


  • Crab, Fish and Tilly Drive-By Raffle

The CBHCM is having a raffle, made possible through the generosity of museum member Jean Black and Garibaldi Charters. Garibaldi Charters will be hosting a crabbing and fishing excursion, and during the excursion the boat captain will be conducting a drive-by around Tillamook Rock Lighthouse!

Some details:
* The trip takes place on July 16th, 2023. Date is subject to change due to weather.
* Single-day crabbing and fishing licenses will be taken care of on the day of the trip, before going underway, although you are not required to crab or fish.
* For those who do participate in crabbing and fishing, the fishing team at Garibaldi will cook your crab and filet your fish after the trip, sending you home with good Tilly memories and good sea food!
* You will be required to sign a waiver before being allowed to go under way.
* This will be an all day excursion – at least 7+ hours. It takes 2 to 2.5 hours to get to Tilly.


***Please note: This is JUST a drive-by during a fishing and crabbing trip. No one will be accessing Tillamook Rock or the Lighthouse because it is a federal crime.


  • 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!


  • 2023 Membership Drive

Have you renewed your Museum Membership for 2023? 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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