Here Are 5 of the Most Interesting Oregon Coast Museums

Whether it’s a stormy afternoon or you’re looking for a quiet place to bring the kids, the Oregon Coast offers a number of indoor activities to delight the whole crew. Discover the history of our area at Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, or catch up on some of your favorite movies at the Oregon Film Museum. No matter what you’re interested in, these Oregon Coast museums have something for everyone – even when skies are gray! Read on for details.

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Top Oregon Coast Museums to Visit Soon

1. Oregon Film Museum

First on our list is the Oregon Film Museum, a unique facility that celebrates movies made in Oregon. It’s housed in the old Clatsop County Jail in Astoria and features production galleries, sets, and green screen exhibits. Often referred to “Hollywood North,” Oregon’s unique landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for filmmakers. In fact, our state is responsible for classics like Animal House, The General, The Goonies, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

2. Columbia River Maritime Museum

While you’re in Astoria, be sure to stop by the renowned Columbia River Maritime Museum. Here you’ll discover the stories of the legendary Columbia River Bar, one of the most dangerous passages in the world. Explore the museum’s extensive collection of Pacific Northwest maritime artifacts, or sign up for a class, workshop, or demonstration at the Barbey Maritime Center. The Museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

3. Cannon Beach History Center & Museum

Calling all history buffs! The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Visitors can learn all about this seaside town with permanent and rotating exhibits, guided tours, concerts, lectures, and more. If you’re staying in one of our Cannon Beach vacation rentals, walk over any time from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

4. Seaside Museum & Historical Society

At The Seaside Museum, several galleries and a diorama of the town explore the rich past of the Oregon Coast. Your adventure will take you back thousands of years, so allow yourself at least an hour to get an overview of the galleries. Don’t forget to peruse Butterfield Cottage, a restored beach cottage and rooming house from 1912, and stroll through the beautiful flower gardens.

5. Tillamook County Pioneer Museum

Another great place to learn about our region’s heritage is the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. Over 35,000 items and 10,000 photographs can be found here. From the Tillamook Indians to Captain Gray’s 1788 voyage into Tillamook Bay, you’ll discover how the Oregon Coast came to be what is today. TCPM is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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