1387 South Spruce Street
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
Admission is free.
The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is located at
the corner of S. Spruce Street and Sunset Blvd. in Cannon Beach,
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
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.