History Center & Museum
where history comes to life!
Welcome to the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, where history comes alive! The Museum was organized for the purpose of preserving the history of Cannon Beach by seeking, collecting, and protecting historical memorabilia of all kinds, by recording oral histories, and by making these materials available to the public whenever possible.
We invite you to explore our many programs and resources for historical study, read our newsletters, get the stamp of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, learn how you can volunteer or support the Museum, view historic Cannon Beach photos, or shop history in the online gift shop. Stop by for a visit to the History Center, located on the corner of Spruce and Sunset in Cannon Beach, and let a little history into your life. Open Wednesday through Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The CBHCM is currently looking to raise money for an exhibit on the cannon that Cannon Beach is named for. In 2012, the Museum sent the cannon and the capstan (a capstan was used to raise and lower the anchor of a ship) to Texas A&M University to undergo an extensive conservation process that took over a year to complete. The cannon and capstan returned in 2014, only for the Museum to realize that the current exhibit space would not provide the optimal environment to preserve all of the work that Texas A&M did to salvage the artifacts. This is why we are reaching out to the public. We are in need of help to create and install a new exhibit space that will control the proper humidity, temperature, and light exposures so that generations of Oregonians can visit this town icon. You can donate through the online gift shop or through the GoFundMe page.
The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a non-profit, 501 C-3 tax-exempt corporation (I.D. #94-3140644).