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Oregon’s Adventure Coast Spotlight: Coos History Museum

Oregon’s Adventure Coast Spotlight: Coos History Museum

Mon, Aug 30, 2021

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Did you know there’s a special destination on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston dedicated to sharing the fascinating and compelling history of our region? The Coos History Museum & Maritime Collections, located on the waterfront in Coos Bay, is the premier history museum & maritime collection on Oregon’s South Coast and part of the 130 year old Coos County Historical Society. Formed in 1891, Coos County Historical Society is the region’s oldest community supported institutions dedicated to preserving the history of the South Coast!

The museum opened a beautiful new waterfront facility on Coos Bay’s historic Front Street six years ago, ushering in a new era of cultural and tourism in our area. The newer, state-of-the-art museum features interactive exhibits and resources designed to preserve the rich maritime and cultural history in Coos County, while visitors enjoy beautiful views of the bay.

Visitors are all but guaranteed to learn something new and leave with a better understanding of what life was like years ago on Oregon’s South Coast and how it relates to who we are today. They do this by collecting and preserving stories, artifacts, photographs, and documents, and by helping create opportunities for people to interpret them in meaningful, thought-provoking, and engaging ways.

While you are in the area, we encourage you to explore other historical sites on Front Street, the Marshfield Sun Printing Museum, the Coos Bay Boardwalk, and peering through windows of the historic Coos Bay Iron Works! We also hope you’ll visit Coos Bay Village, a new waterfront shopping complex located directly next to the museum. Sample delicious cheeses, ice cream and other local fare at Face Rock Creamery, an award-winning creamery of Bandon. Browse through the wonderful selection of local gifts and clothing at Checkerberry’s Flowers & Gifts. You can also stop by the brand new 7 Devils Waterfront Alehouse and taste their delicious selections from their new lunch & dinner menu, waterfront views, and of course- superb craft brews!

WHAT ELSE TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • Coos History Museum & Maritime Collections is located at 1210 N Front St in Coos Bay, OR (right off Hwy. 101). They are currently open from 11 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday. However, we encourage you to call before you go to confirm museum hours. They can be reached during business hours at 541-756-6320.
  • The museum has plenty of parking space to accommodate field trips and large group tours.
  • The Museum frequently hosts traveling exhibits, speakers and special events open to the whole family. Visit their Events Page to view upcoming events. You can also view their Facebook page for updates.
  • Tickets prices are as follows: Adults - $7, AAA or AARP Adults - $6, Children/teens (5-17) - $3, Family Max Rate - $17, Group Rate - $4 per person. Museum members, children under 5 and active military personnel are free.
  • For more information, please visit our website cooshistory.org.

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Editor’s Note: As the developments in Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to unfold, please follow the direction of our public health authorities, including the CDC, Oregon Health Authority, and Coos Health & Wellness, to protect yourself, our community and our visitors.

Face coverings are mandatory for all when inside a public space AND outdoors when 6 ft distancing cannot be maintained.

If you are ready to travel, we are ready to welcome you back to Oregon’s Adventure Coast. However, if you are feeling ill or not comfortable traveling right now, we encourage you to stay home and stay healthy. Let’s all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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50 Central Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420

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