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 ยป

Museum Archives Policies

The Museum Archives and Library are open by appointment only.

Our Archives and Library staff welcome your inquiries relating to all aspects of the history of Cannon Beach.

Please be as specific as possible when requesting information as limited staff time prevents us from answering broad research questions. We answer reference requests in the order in which we receive them. Internal research requests from CBHCM members take precedence and hence there may be a delay in the fulfillment of your request.

Please familiarize yourself with the following terms of access:

  • Inquiries by phone, mail and e-mail are welcome.
  • To best serve those interested in information and doing research, an appointment is required.
  • Initial appointments are generally made between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Appointments can be made by phone (503-436-9301) or by emailing the Collections Manager at
  • Appointments must be made at least one week in advance.
  • The CBHCM Archives is located in a non-public area. Access is restricted and controlled by CBHCM Staff. A scheduled appointment is mandatory for all Archives patrons.

Archives & Library Use Guidelines

  • The CBHCM charges a $3.00 research fee for non-members. An extra fee may incur if information is requested to be rushed.
  • Archival material is non-circulating and retrieved by archives staff for patron use only in the office, or other areas authorized by the Collections Manager.
  • Some records are available only with advance notice and approval.
  • All patrons seeking information must fill out a Request For Information form. If the form is not filled out, the request cannot be fulfilled.
  • The following materials are restricted from use:
    • Unprocessed materials
    • Donations for which the donor has indicated restrictions
  • We restrict the use of some records because of fragility, special format problems, or proprietary rights.
  • Service and reproduction fees may apply for any reviewed and approved reference copy requests.
  • All material is non-circulating.
  • The Museum has over thousands of photos and documents in the archives, all of which have been donated, so we may or may not have all the information that is requested.
  • Scanning or taking digital photographs of archive materials requires permission from CBHCM Staff, and may be denied if copying will either damage or degrade the material, or if donor, acquisition or legal restrictions prohibit reproduction. To request an appointment for special access to the Library and Archives collections, please call us at 503-436-9301 or email at

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: