Bandon Historical Society Museum

Bandon Historical Society Museum

Bandon Historical Society Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Bandon Historical Society was founded in 1976 and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of preserving and presenting historical material and artifacts related to the history of the Bandon area. The Society operates the museum at the corner of Highway 101 and Fillmore Avenue open six days a week 10AM-4PM (seven days a week in the summer), eleven months a year. Closed in January. Housed in a former Bandon City Hall, it was the second building constructed after the disastrous 1936 fire. Before moving into the current location, the museum was located in a historic bank building (currently the Masonic Temple) and the old Coast Guard building, now the home of the Port of Bandon. Bandon’s history museum shares the story of a town blessed by water and cursed by fire. Shipbuilding, shipwrecks, fires, beautiful beaches: all are on display. Bring the kids and have them take our History Detective’s Challenge.
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Hopefull1995
Bend, OR127 contributions
Family
Great little museum, friendly staff, great artifacts, small gift shop, local town history, great for kids and teens..
Written September 4, 2022
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Gem Burke
21 contributions
I didn't realize the town has actually burned twice. I was also fascinated about the history of the ships that had used Bandon as a port of call and just how many over the year met their demise at the 'bar' as there often is at the mouth of a river. So much more. the best value in town...
Written July 24, 2021
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Donna S
Roseburg, OR305 contributions
Couples
This little museum is amazing. It's evident that the historical society loves its little town. There's something for everyone here covering everything related to the area: fishing industry, logging, cranberries, native Americans, medicine, the famous fire of 1936, schools, military, maritime, coal mining, tourism, beaches, etc. Even kids should be entertained. It's a fabulous deal too at only $3 per person.
Written September 28, 2020
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Thank you for your review. Good to hear you enjoyed your visit.
Written September 30, 2020
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EAV
15 contributions
This is a "must see" location on a visit to Bandon Oregon. It has everything a visitor could ask for to learn the history of the area and includes a well-stocked gift shop with books and souvenirs. The exhibits are well-done with labels and hundreds of photos. The volunteers are eager to help and invite questions. Especially impressive is the obvious community support that encourages this museum/society to thrive.
Written July 22, 2020
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Thank you for visiting and leaving a review!
Written October 1, 2020
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Sue F
5 contributions
It exceeded my expectations. I go to a lot of small town museums. This one was extremely well done and informative. I really think you'll better understand Bandon if you go. My only disappointment was when I asked the volunteer docent if any famous people were from Bandon, she said she'd never been asked that question.
Written June 23, 2020
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Charles B
88 contributions
Great way to learn Bandon's history. For you $3.00 entry fee you will not be disappointed. Great museum with lots of look and read. I saw items that I've seen before but now I n=kow thier names.
Written March 4, 2020
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Thanks for your visit!
Written June 6, 2020
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babyboomer64
Fresno, CA44 contributions
Couples
We had a delightful time viewing all the historical exhibits at this wonderful museum. Give yourself at least an hour to go through it.
Written August 6, 2019
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Thanks for visiting and leaving a review. Good to hear you enjoyed it.
Written August 7, 2019
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Main O
2 contributions
Family
Our kids got to experience panning for gold on that day that was offered free at the museum. They even got to keep what they found. The museum was so interesting--lots of history.
Written July 17, 2019
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Glad you guys struck it rich! Thanks for the review.
Written October 15, 2019
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tennispete72
Penn Valley, CA94 contributions
Family
Had a wonderful visit learning about Bandons' history. The exhibits were great. Docent knew a lot about the history of the area.
Written June 29, 2019
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Thank you for visiting and reviewing the museum. Good to know you enjoyed it!
Written June 30, 2019
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Lainers60
Paradise, CA147 contributions
Friends
A must visit when in Bandon.Tells all about the amazing Bandon history and is very well done.Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable of local Bandon history.A well done museum.
Written August 13, 2018
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Thanks for your visit and review! Good to hear you enjoyed it.
Written September 13, 2018
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