Museum Day – Saturday, September 21 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cannon Beach History Center & Museum

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The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. as part of the Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2019 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.

This year, Museum Day celebrates the Smithsonian Year of Music, an institution-wide initiative celebrating the Smithsonian’s vast musical collections and resources through 365 days of music-related programming. Music is not only a reflection of human creativity and innovation, but also a key method of communication and cross-cultural exchange and understanding. The Smithsonian Year of Music crosses disciplines, bringing together music-related resources in art, history, culture, science and education. The Smithsonian has invited participating museums to create programming to support the initiative and highlight the world’s musical heritage.

“While the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is as far away from Washington D.C. as you can get, we love the idea of a day dedicated to museums,” says Executive Director, Elaine Trucke.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is located in the mid-town area of Cannon Beach.  Though the museum is small, it has big ambitions.  In 2011, they were one of the smallest museum’s to host the Smithsonian Museum’s traveling exhibit Earth from Space.  They are currently showcasing a temporary exhibit, “Shipwrecks of the Oregon Coast.”  Permanent exhibits feature a Native American Longhouse replica, history of Cannon Beach, and the original cannon that Cannon Beach was named for.  The Museum hosts a free lecture January through May, that caters to the community at large by bringing speakers from all over the Pacific Northwest to speak in their event space.  If you’ve never been, this is a great excuse to visit.

The Museum Day tickets will be available to download beginning August 15th at  Visitors who present the Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only.  One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.  For more information about Museum Day 2019 and a list of participating museum and cultural institutions, please visit:

For more information about the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum visit or call 503-436-9301.