Welcome to Coos Historical & Maritime Museum Info Page
The Coos County Historical Society was founded in November of 1891 and is one of the oldest continuously operating local historical societies in the state of Oregon. The Society operated a museum for ten years in Coquille prior to moving to our current North Bend location in 1958. You will find the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum just off Highway 101 in North Bend, Oregon at the north end of town near Simpson Park and the Visitor Information Center.
Members can be proud of our accomplishments in the past year. Visitor numbers are steadily climbing! Our 3-year-old school program ahs brown to serve every 4th and 5th grade class in Coos County. Our new "Timeline and Topography" lobby exhibit greets visitors with a fascinating relief map and 20-foot-long photo-collage. New exhibit topics have included shipbuilding, natural disasters, the evolution of county medical services, and our musical heritage (including a performance by the Old Time Fiddlers). More and more enthusiastic volunteers - including several community college classes - are deeply involved in photo and negative digitization and writing descriptions for our computerized catalogue. It's a busy place!
Can you help us achieve our goal of having the largest membership ever in the Coos County Historical Society? Strong local support for South Coast history means grantmaker assistance for the new museum facility. WE NEED YOU!
Your membership is one of the most important sources of support for events and programs that help the public discover the wealth of Oregon south coast history. Dues allow us to maintain a professional staff, artifact and photo conservation, and our exciting "Kids to Museum" school program. As a member, you receive:
free museum admission year-round;
10% discount on books and other unique gifts in our museum store;
"Waterways," our quarterly newsletter, sent to your home;
voting privileges on selection of Society trustees; and,
special invitations to events such as author talks, exhibit openings, and the annual meeting.
Individual: $25 Family: $35 Business: $100 Benefactor: $250
The Coos County Historical Society is a registered nonprofit. Monetary donations are always appreciated.
Item donations are generally tax deductible. However the Society cannot appraise donations of artifacts for tax purposes. For the protection of the donor, it is recommended that such appraisals be done by a disinterested third party before title to the material is conveyed to the Society.
Coos Historical & Maritime Museum
1220 Sherman Avenue• North Bend, Oregon 97459