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“Good for children; Fascinating on many subjects.”

Cannon Beach History Center and Museum
Ranked #11 of 31 things to do in Cannon Beach
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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 Museum, located on the corner of Spruce and Sunset in Cannon Beach, and let a little history into your life. Open six days a week, Wednesday through Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

Your visit to this tiny but jam-packed-with-info building can take 10 minutes or 2 hours. History of Cannon Beach, its cannon, its native American history, and its political history. But what captured my interest most was the display on its geological history explaining the formation of Haystack rock and the Needles! I also loved the historical photos of the area of 1930s beach houses, visits by presidents, flood damage, and highway construction! This gem can be hard to find so use your GPS if necessary. When done here, drive through the little neighborhood adjoining the parking lot to absorb some off-the-beaten-track charm of the houses where full time residents live.

Thank R3luctanttrav3l3r
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

A quiet little museum that is worth visiting if your staying in Cannon Beach. Great self guided tour packed with lots of great photos and info.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Exhibits track the history of Cannon Beach from Native American beginnings (a replica longhouse is inside) through Lewis & Clark and shipwrecks to today. Although small (and admission is, too), it is a fascinating look at one of the coast's most attractive tourist towns. It all started with one cannon from the "Shark" which they have on view. Two more washed ashore a few years ago. Ask the staff where they are today. Some of the exhibits are Q&A about wildlife and features in the Cannon Beach area...well worth a look.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I really like local museums and the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is a small, but nice center. Lots to be learned hear and a fantastic miniature replica of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. I highly recommend visiting and supporting their endeavors.

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is a very nice museum to find out a little more of the history of this area. I appreciated the chronological order of the displays as you walk through the museum. It has the cannon that the town is named after and a separate display about the shipwreck that it came from.

Thank Jim B
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