Art, History & Culture

The Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston Area has an amazing network of museums, galleries, and live performances.  Browse your way through our site or take advantage of some of our hand-picked adventures in art.

Coos Art Museum – Established in 1950, the Coos art Museum is the third oldest Art museum in Oregon. Featuring rotating exhibits and the Steve Prefontaine Memorial Gallery

Coos History Museum – Oregon’s oldest continuously operated historical society boasting more than 250,000 historic photographs. Gain a historic overview of the  Coos and Coquille Indians, and the later coal miners, loggers and shipbuilders.

Marshfield Sun Printing Museum – Step back in time and see the original equipment from The Sun Newspaper as it was left in 1944.

Oregon Coast Historic Railway Museum – A must stop for railroad enthusiasts. Ring the bell of the signature 1922 Baldwin steam locomotive!

Little Theatre on the Bay – Famed for their little Ole Opry performances,  you won’t want to miss any of the musicals at this charming theatre.

The Egyptian Theatre – This 1925 theatre is a center for community events and offers movies, music performances and meetings in the historic building.

Love Antiquing? Take a tip from one of our visitors on the best way to spend the day.

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts – For those interested in having a full Oregon Coast Art experience, be sure to check out the events calendar of our partners

Photo Courtesy of the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum.


Trip Ideas

Discover Historic Front Street

Hidden in plain sight, Coos Bay’s Front Street was originally a wharf which became the bustling heart of a water-dependent community (then called Marshfield).  From the mid-1850s until the 1920s, the south end of the waterfront street (now…

Historic Walking Tour of North Bend

BRIEF HISTORY OF NORTH BEND Asa Simpson – sea captain, shipbuilder, lumber- man – built a sawmill and shipyard in the mid 1850’s at the north bend of the Coos Bay. Most famous of the 55 vessels built here (1858-1903) was the Western Shore,…

Historic Walking Tour of Coos Bay

What now makes up the central district of Coos Bay was called Marshfield until 1944 when residents voted to change the name to Coos Bay to match the name of the Bay itself. The City of Marshfield was named after the Massachusetts home town of the…