Cannon Beach History Center & Museum

The History Center offers a wide variety of programs aimed at enhancing your understanding and appreciation of our local history: exhibits (both rotating and permanent), historical photos, educational programs and tours, the historical plaque program, and much, much more!

Cannon Beach Historical Photos

The History Center archives include over 12,000 historic photos of Cannon Beach. We are pleased to provide a sampling of these photos online. If you are interested in reproductions of these or other historic photos in our collection, please visit the History Center or contact the center to place an order by phone or email. Historic Cannon Beach photos »


The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum has a limited collection of artifacts, objects, documents, and photographs relevant to the history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape. Our goal is to balance public access to our holdings with appropriate preservation and conservation standards. As a small museum with limited staff, research and reproduction requests are completed as time permits. We appreciate your understanding.

If you are interested in research or reproductions from our collections, please download the forms below and return them to

Historic Request for Information Form | Photo Use Form

You may visit the archives by filling out the historic request for information form and letting us know what you are hoping to find. The research library and archives are available by appointment. You can call us at 503-436-9301 or email us at to schedule an appointment. You must fill out the form in order for your request to be fulfilled.

United States Lighthouse Society Passport Stamp

The CBHCM is home to the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse Stamp and is a participating location in the USLHS Passport Program. The Lighthouse Passport Program provides enthusiasts the opportunity to help preserve lighthouses as well as a wonderful way to keep a pictorical history of their lighthouse adventures. Small donations can be made by Passport holders to our organization which can help with general operations. By joining the free Passport Club, you become part of a large group of individuals and families seeking unique Lighthouse Passport Stamps as a fun and educational activity.

If you do not have a Passport Stamp book, the CBHCM has them available to purchase at the Museum or through the online gift shop. The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse Stamp is available to receive at the Museum during operational hours (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Monday). If you happen to be in the area when the Museum is closed, you are welcome to either call (503-436-9301), email (, or mail (P.O. Box 1005, Cannon Beach, OR 97110) to request a stamp, and we will gladly mail you the stamp per your request.

Oral History Collection

The History Center has a broad range of collections ranging from photos and artifacts to audio and video tapes by many people who reflect back in time on their experiences in the early years of Cannon Beach. Members and visitors are encouraged to visit the History Center and listen to these oral histories to learn more about the people and history of the area.

Historical Plaque Program

CBHS has recognized 25 commercial or organizational structures of historical significance within Cannon Beach by marking them with historical plaques. Residential and business owners of historical properties are welcome to apply for a recognition plaque honoring the history of their building. Follow these links for more information on the program: