One of the best road trip opportunities in the entire Pacific Northwest has got to be the Oregon Coast Highway. This amazing road trip starts in the north at the Columbia River and goes all the way to the border with California in the south. Along the way you’ll pass by some incredible scenery, some fun things to do and some great communities.
If you’re a history lover, you’ve come to the right place too. Many of the communities along the Oregon coast have some great museums that are worth seeing. Some of these museums Focus on the local area, some on the water and some on more general topics.
Here’s part one of our three-part series.
When you’re finished, check out: Part Two or Part Three after they’re posted. 🙂
21 Great Museums On the Oregon Coast (#’s 1-7)
COOS HISTORY MUSEUM – Coos Bay
The Coos History Museum is located in Coos Bay and does a great job of presenting not only the history of this community but also all of the Southern Oregon coastline. A visit here will open your eyes to some of the interesting things that have happened in the area in the past.
INTERNATIONAL POLICE MUSEUM – Rockaway Beach
The International Police Museum is a small museum in Rockaway Beach, a popular vacation destination. Though small in size, this great local museum does a wonderful job of promoting the good works and history of law enforcement officers, not just in Oregon, but around the world. This is well worth the stop!
SEASIDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM – Seaside
The Seaside Historical Society Museum will lead you on a journey not just of recent history, which is very interesting, but also through the ancient history of this part of the Oregon Coast. This museum is very well equipped to tell the story of Seaside, Oregon and the surrounding area.
BURROWS HOUSE MUSEUM – Newport
Located in Newport, the Burrows House Museum does a great job of showing off what life was like in the early days of the community. This small house is related to the nearby Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center. It’s a nice snapshot of a given point in history and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful.
MARSHFIELD SUN PRINTING MUSEUM – Coos Bay
If you have an interest in the history of newspapers or journalism, you’ll love a stop at the Marshfield Sun Printing Museum in Coos Bay. This small museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, closed Mondays, and tours are available by appointment. With all of our modern conveniences, this is a great look back at the challenges newspaper editors and publishers had to surmount to get the news out.
PREHISTORIC – Lincoln City
Prehistoric is a combination of a museum and shopping experience where you and your kids can learn all you can about dinosaurs and the prehistoric world. Check out a wide array of dinosaur bones here! It can be real eyeopening.
LITTLE LOG CHURCH & MUSEUM – Yachats
The Little Log Church & Museum is a very small historic church in the community of Yachats. Inside there are some great historical items and displays on the history of the area. The building is built from local logs and is in the shape of a cross. The unique architecture of this quaint little church is something you’ll want to capture with your camera.