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. 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.

Important Museum Updates – Please read!

  • For the latest decisions concerning Cottage Tour 2020, please visit the Cottage Tour page on our site and make sure to follow us on social media so you never miss any Museum updates.

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

Upcoming Events:


  • Raffle alert!

Our Fall raffle has begun with this beautiful feature piece by Frederick Dwello. Dwello was an incredibly talented local artist. He and local artist Donald Osborne were the inspiration and drive of Showcase 195, a local gallery that closed its doors in Cannon Beach in early 1982. The Showcase 195 gallery was named after the famed Steigletz 291 Gallery, which operated in New York City in the early 1900’s. Like 291, Showcase 195 exhibited the work of local Cannon Beach artists, demonstrating what artists of the Pacific Northwest were capable of.

This print of an original Frederick Dwello is a view from Chapman Point. It measures 35 inches by 22 inches and was graciously donated by the Dwello family.
The raffle will include other prizes too! Get your tickets today!
The raffle will take place with a Facebook Live event on September 14, 2020. Yes, we will mail the prizes if you live far away. Support your local museum and take home a beautiful painting while you’re at it.
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  • Self Guided Historic Walking Tour

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.


  • Photo Scavenger Hunt

Must be in Cannon Beach to participate for now – so sorry!
Follow us on social media to take part of this fun scavenger hunt that the whole family can participate in! Old, historic photos of locations will be uploaded to our social media and the goal is to take a picture of that location now, while matching the angle as much as possible. Winners will be selected and prizes available each month.

We’ll use the hashtag #CBPhotoHunt and don’t forget to tag our Instagram (@cannonbeachmuseum) in the picture too!

Starting soon, so make sure to follow us and check back here regularly!