Experience Our Current

Our exhibits are designed to entertain the history buff, natural scientist, artist, and lover of all things Cannon Beach. We have two rotating exhibits (one a quilt/fabric arts/arts showcase), and several permanent features of the museum.

Upcoming Temporary Art Exhibit:

Capturing the Wonder: A Photography Exhibition by Kyle Genin

Join the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on July 8th between the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. as they open their latest art exhibit featuring the talents of local photographer extraordinaire, Kyle Genin. View the incredible imagery of Cannon Beach and the Oregon coast taken from Genin’s point of view as he captures the wonder of this beautiful coastal town.
Kyle Genin is a Cannon Beach-based nature and travel photographer. Born in Tacoma, WA, Kyle spent his childhood in Puyallup and Chehalis, WA, and received his first camera when he was 13 years old. Photography classes and a few Ansel Adams’ prints later, he graduated to Olympus and Canon cameras and hasn’t looked back(unless for a great capture.) He has lived on the North Coast of Oregon for the past ten years – after living here previously for nine years in his early career. He remains enamored by the beauty found here, as well as the solace and contentment provided by his daily walks on the beach, which deliver an ever changing panorama of colors, textures, and unexpected surprises. As a lover of travel, Kyle draws inspiration from the history and architecture of other countries.
He also enjoys using social media to share the beauty of our world, a passion that grows stronger with each new adventure. Italy’s Florence is his favorite international destination for photography. Kyle can most often be found on the beach, but you can also find him on Facebook and Instagram at @KyleGPics. Kyle hopes his images help his audience feel the transformative power of travel, and ignite a shared sense of wonder, discovery, and reverence for nature.
Capturing the Wonder: A Photography Exhibition by Kyle Genin opens on Saturday, July 8th and will be on display through October 14th.


Current Temporary History Exhibit:

North Coast Fossil Exhibit

In this exhibit, you’ll get the opportunity to learn about the different types of fossils that have been found along the Oregon coast including the Cannon Beach area. You’ll also get the chance to learn about the Astoria Formation, which is a geological formation that stretches along the Oregon and Washington coasts.

This exhibit is presented by KITT Garcia, who is an aspiring Museum Curator and Paleontologist. This exhibit is a Pacifica Project for his senior year of High School. KITT has been fascinated with the world of Paleontology since he was young. Growing up, he tried to consume as much paleo media as he could. BBC’s “The Ballad of Big Al” was one of his early favorites. Now he is attempting to make greater strides toward his future in the Paleontology Community.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is excited to host this exhibit in support of KITT Garcia’s Pacifica Project; a project that is based on the ideas of citizenship, service, and commitment to the community, and was designed to allow students to complete a project that utilizes their own skills and interests as they serve their community. This exhibit will be on display May 20 through August 15, 2023.


Current Temporary Exhibit:

Shipwrecks of the Oregon Coast

The Glenesslin

For the last two centuries, the Oregon coastline has been traveled by hundreds of exploration and trade vessels. The North Coast region, stretching from the Columbia River to Cascade Head, is home to over 2,000 shipwrecks in what is referred to as the Graveyard of the Pacific. While the Graveyard of the Pacific extends to British Columbia, the heavy weather and changing coastline, makes Oregon a distinctive part of history.   The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum’s latest temporary exhibit focuses on several prominent and several not-so-well-known wrecks along the Oregon coast, including the U.S.S. Shark, the Glenesslin, and the Peter Iredale. The exhibit will also focus on the Beeswax Wreck and the current information that determines which ship it is that wrecked along the Nehalem Spit in the late 1600s. This exhibit will feature various artifacts from those wrecks.

This exhibit will be on display through Fall 2022.

Native American Longhouse

The Native American Longhouse is a hands-on exhibit for visitors of all ages. Children are invited to touch the cedar-bark cape, bowls, and skins furnishing the exhibit, and to use the space to pretend with our toys. The exhibit was designed in cooperation with the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes, and the longhouse is furnished with replica artifacts crafted by Native American artisans around the Northwest.

Native American villages of the Northwest Coast consisted of several of these longhouses, which were built in clearings between forest and tidewater. Each longhouse served as a home, workshop, and ceremonial space and housed an entire extended family, with 20 or more people sometimes living in a single home.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s longhouse exhibit shows a small-scale longhouse’s interior, typical of a small home or a seasonal fishing hut. Today, Natives living on the Oregon Coast live in European style homes, but often still use longhouses for festivals and celebrations of their traditional ways.

Permanent Interpretive Exhibit

The permanent exhibit, Cannon Beach: A Place by the Sea was based on the book of the same name authored by Terence O’Donnell. The exhibit is rich in visual material, telling the story about what attracted people to Cannon Beach throughout time. Drawing from the archives of CBHCM, photos reveal the town’s past and the arduous journey it was to get here.

The story of the Tillamook Indians, Lewis and Clark, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, historic hotels and buildings, recreation, the Great Depression, World War II, and Cannon Beach today are all told through this interactive exhibit, which is also translated in Spanish.

The interactive children’s exhibit features tide pool life, and children will love learning more about sea stars, coastal forests, and bird life on the Coast!

All in all, the view from Tillamook Head, the rising sentinels of Haystack Rock and the Needles, and the seven miles of “singing sands” and sparkling surf are like magnets drawing people back year after year to Cannon Beach, a special “place by the sea.”

Spanish Audio Translation of Permanent Exhibit
Visitors to the museum can hear the text of the permanent exhibit read in Spanish, on hear-sets located at each major display panel around the museum. Financial support for the Cannon Beach History Center’s Audio Spanish Translation Project was provided by the Bloomfield Family Foundation, Oregon Council for the Humanities, and the City of Cannon Beach. Several Cannon Beach volunteers also contributed translation, recording, and installation services.

The Cannon
The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is home to the original Cannon Beach cannon. This artifact has always been a subject of interest. Also learn more about recent findings of two more cannons on an Arch Cape beach.