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Museums & History

Discover the Pacific North West like never before when you visit any of these interesting area museums or historical societies. Preserving and sharing Oregon's history, you can learn about Cannon Beaches' humble beginnings as well as the geology of Haystack Rock.

Whatever your interests there is something for you to explore from the Columbia River Maritime Museum to the Oregon Film House. Start planning your adventure today, whether its a rainy day or not these indoor activities are worth your time!

Battery Russell

Battery Russell

The Battery Russell is a part of Fort Stevens State Park and part of Fort Steven`s Military Reservation. This location served post(mail) to the Oregon Coast during the Civil War, until World War II.

Situated very gracefully on one of the hills, it faces the flow and the ebb of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and upon a glance, one can see its rich history. There are many stories of this area being haunted, so make sure you bring a flashlight for your self-guided tour!

Location: Battery Russell Rd. Hammond, OR 97121
Cannon Beach History Center & Museum

Cannon Beach History Center & Museum

Bring the whole family to explore the Native American Longhouse Replica, the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse model, the ORIGINAL Cannon that Cannon Beach is named for, and much more at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. See how Cannon Beach and the entire Oregon Coast have grown and changed over the years.

Our permanent exhibit covers Cannon Beach history from the geologic formation of Haystack Rock up to the present day. Additional temporary exhibits, seasonal quilt shows, and a variety of special events help bring history to life for thousands of visitors each year.

Open daily from 1:00 - 5:00 PM and CLOSED Tuesdays & Wednesdays. We can`t wait for you to join us, admission is FREE!

Location: 1387 South Spruce Cannon Beach, OR 97110
Phone: (503) 436-9301
Columbia River Maritime Museum

Columbia River Maritime Museum

The Columbia River Maritime Museum provides a passage back in time for guests of all ages by combining history with cutting-edge technology. Founded in 1962 to preserve maritime history, come explore the first museum in Oregon to meet national accreditation. The official state maritime museum, come partake in demonstrations, workshops and special exhibits.

Open daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: 1792 Marine Dr. Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-2323
Flavel House Museum

Flavel House Museum

Experience the elegance of the late Victorian period by touring the home of Captain George Flavel. This 1886 Queen Anne home features original Eastlake influenced woodwork, period furnishings, and exotic hardwood fireplace mantels.

Begin your tour at the Carriage House Visitor Center (located behind the house on the corner of 7th & Exchange Streets), which houses additional exhibits, the museum store, and orientation video.

Location: 441 8th St Astoria OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-2203
Oregon Film Museum

Oregon Film Museum

The Oregon Film Museum celebrates the art and legacy of films and film-making in the State of Oregon. Housed in the old Clatsop County Jail, the museum invites visitors to explore these and other films and the production behind making movies in Oregon.

Wander through this building that was an actual working jail (from 1914 - 1976) and the scene of the famous opening jailbreak from the Goonies! Come explore cinema history in Oregon today!

Location: 732 Duane Street Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-2203
Seaside Museum & Historical Society

Seaside Museum & Historical Society

Learn all about the history of Oregon`s first seaside resort in Seaside Oregon. Exhibits detail over 2,000 years of Seaside heritage including artifacts dating from 700 B.C., dioramas depicting Seaside in 1899, a research library & photo archive.

Admission is nominal and well worth it as you adventure back thousands of years to a slower and different coastal Oregon.

Location: 570 Necanicum Drive Seaside, Oregon 97138
Phone: (503) 738-7065
Upper Town Firefighter Museum

Upper Town Firefighter Museum

On view at the Uppertown Firefighters Museum is an extensive collection of firefighting equipment and memorabilia from Clatsop County dating back to 1877. On exhibit are a horsedrawn ladder wagon, hose carts, a 1912 American LaFrance fire truck, a Stutz fire engine, and a 1946 Mack fire truck. Come check out these amazing machines and how they helped protect the area for decades.

The Astoria Children`s Museum is quartered on the second floor on this historic structure. They offer educational programming for young children with interactive play and hands-on activities. For more information call them at (503) 325-8669.

All housed in a historic red brick building which was originally constructed in 1896 as part of the North Pacific Brewery which closed its doors in 1915 due to prohibition. In 1928, the City of Astoria renovated the building for use as the Uppertown Fire Station #2. The station was decommissioned by the City in 1960 and used for equipment storage until 1989 when the Uppertown Firefighters Museum opened.

Location: 2968 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-0920
Museum Of Whimsy in Astoria

Museum Of Whimsy in Astoria

Home to a variety of unique collections assemble over many years, Trish Bright`s Museum of Whimsy in downtown Astoria is a museum, like no other. With an eye for the curious, the whimsical and the fantastic, come explore all these amazing knick-knacks and more!

Displayed in the architectural splendor of architect, John Wicks` neo-classical bank building of 1924, refurbished in grand style and itself an integral part of the Museum of Whimsy experience. Join us soon! Open most weekends 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Location: 1215 Duane Street Astoria, Oregon
Phone: 425-417-6512