The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is located at the corner of S. Spruce Street and Sunset Blvd. in Cannon Beach, Oregon. We are open from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., closed on Tuesdays and Sundays (archival research available by appointment only on Sunday with at least 24 hours’ notice.) Admission is FREE, but donations are gladly accepted. If there are weather advisories at the coast, the museum may be closed during usual hours. Check our social media to find out if we are open.
The Cannon Beach Historical Society was originally founded in 1969. After many years of periods of inactivity followed by renewal, a group of former society members and others mounted a first-class exhibit on the history of Cannon Beach in the Clatsop County Historical Society Heritage Museum in Astoria in 1988. Shortly after this, in 1990, the Cannon Beach Historical Society was once again revived. The collection and cataloging of historic artifacts and oral histories began in earnest, and the group commissioned the writing of the book “Cannon Beach: A Place by the Sea,” by Oregon historian Terence O’Donnell.
With a gift of land in 1995 and a successful capital campaign, the group started to construct the facility that now houses the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum in 1998. The building went through several phases of development through the years, culminating in the addition of a classroom, oral history studio, and artifact storage area in 2005. The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum now features a permanent exhibit, a Native-American longhouse, and temporary exhibits, including a rotating quilt show.
Several programs have been added to the museum’s repertoire in recent years: a field trip program, the Acoustic Folk! music series, a monthly lecture series, and other events both fun and educational. As our visitor base, activities, and collections grow, we strive to keep Cannon Beach’s unique history alive for present and future generations!
Our goal is to preserve the history of Cannon Beach by seeking, collecting, and protecting historical artifacts and memorabilia of all kinds, by recording oral histories, and by making these materials available to the public whenever possible.
The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is home to the original Cannon Beach cannon. This artifact, along with the capstan housed with it, was shipped to Texas A&M University in order to be conserved. The cannon and capstan are back on display at the Museum waiting to be preserved in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. To learn more about the cannon and capstan, click the link below.