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  • June 25, 2016 1:37 PM | Deleted user

    The Coos History Museum welcomes George Wright as its Interim Director.

  • April 25, 2016 12:00 PM | Deleted user

    The Coos History Museum is sad to bid farewell to its Director, Frank Smoot.

  • April 19, 2016 12:00 PM | Deleted user

    It was a milestone day for the Coos History Museum.  West Coast Contractors and a volunteer crew moved the Welcome onto the south plaza. See the link below to The World Newspaper article for more:

    While here, WCC also helped us install a section of the McCullough Bridge for display outside at the south end of the parking lot and assisted us in getting the propeller from the New Carissa positioned in a temporary spot near the parking entrance.  

    Clean Cut Landscaping was simultaneously working on landscaping the eastern bioswale.

  • February 12, 2016 4:53 PM | Deleted user

    Trivia Files, the fundraiser for our research library, made it on to KCBY's People at Noon segment.

    Click here to see the video:

  • February 02, 2016 9:33 AM | Deleted user

    The Coos History Museum is featured on page 87 of the current issue of the Oregon Community Connections magazine. To view the article click the link below:

  • May 22, 2015 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    The May/June edition of the Oregon Coast Magazine has an article, with photos, of the artifact move from the historical society's old museum in North Bend to its new Coos History Museum in Coos Bay.  You can also see it online at

  • May 22, 2015 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    Small wooden boats are built for the water conditions they will be used in. Comparing the 100+ year-old Millicoma Family Boat used on Coos Bay, now in the Coos History Museum, with a Deer Isle peapod, designed originally as a lobster fishing boat for the coastal waters of Maine, will show how both boats are suitable for where they were used.

    Both boats, though used in waters 3000 miles apart, are very similar. They are shallow draft row boats that could be sailed, mostly downwind. They were used mainly in inland waters with a safe maximum capacity of four people.

    Their differences are also significant. One has a carvel planked hull; the other is lapstrake. One is double-ended; the other has a wine-glass stern. One was never intended to be used with a motor. The other was converted later for an outboard. One has a centerboard and uses a sprit sail rig. The other used a light-weight mast that hoisted a small lug or gaff sail.

    Ralph Mohr, the owner of the peapod, will compare and contrast both boats at the new Coos History Museum, Saturday, June 6, 1 PM. Mohr will use photos, boat plans, and the boats themselves to show how and why the builders of the original designs made their boats. He will explain what he has learned sailing and rowing the peapod on the lakes, rivers, bays and estuaries of the Coos Bay area and apply that knowledge to the Millicoma Family Boat, of which little information is known.

    The Millicoma boat was donated to the Coos History Museum by Jerry Alvey, and it had been sitting upside down on trestles next to his shop in Eastside for many years. As far as anyone knows, it is the sole surviving example of personal craft in use on Coos Bay before 1900. Mohr hopes that a comparison with the peapod, a design about which much is known, will help to understand why the Millicoma boat was built and used.

    Admission is free but donations are welcome.

  • February 02, 2015 11:42 AM | Deleted user

    Watch the video here:

    COOS BAY, Ore. -- Wednesday was a big day for the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum as the workers received their certificate of occupancy and the keys to the new building.

    The museum received its first donation toward the new building back in 1999, so the new space has been a long time coming.

    From the road, the public has been able to see it built from the ground up, but this week KCBY News got a sneak peek inside.

    “Pretty, but gritty” was the architect’s idea for the new space.

    "It's a beautiful building as it sits, but now it's going to be full of people and things and stories," said Frank Smoot, the museum’s executive director.

    The main exhibit hall will be in a constant state of flux, telling 15 coastal stories at a time.

    "As the visitors come back over and over again they'll see new stories told but on the same themes of survival and tough rugged, gritty people and fun and the outdoors and all of those things," Smoot said.

    Exhibits will include pictures, artifacts, written word, and possibly interactive touch screens.

    Smoot added, "We hope that different people will sit down with us and help us tell stories so Thayer can tell the stories of the Coos River men or the Coos Bay bar pilots."

    The location also has a loft for a featured exhibit, conference rooms, and a library.

    Organizers hope the museum doubles as a community space, which can be used for meetings and special events.

    Smoot says the museum will be up and running by Memorial Day. There will be an admission fee, but Coos County residents will get a special discount.

  • August 12, 2014 10:19 AM | Deleted user

    We have begun packing the research library!

    Research Requests will be temporarily suspended starting August 15th, 2014. We will begin accepting new requests as soon as we are able after the new facility is open, date TBA. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.   

  • July 03, 2014 1:55 PM | Deleted user
    After nearly a year of construction, crews are getting closer to finishing the new Coos Historical and Maritime Center in Coos Bay.

    Work started last August on the new museum now called the Coos History Museum and Maritime Collection.
    The museum’s rotating exhibits will be based on input from the community.

    "It's been a long slog for a lot of people. They've been raising funds for 15 years for this project, and it's just heroic really,” said Frank Smoot, the museum’s executive director.

    Smoot said the staff have photographed and cataloged every piece in the old museum to ensure they preserve the existing collections when the new space is completed.

    Tours are already lined up for the new Coos History Museum and Maritime Collection, expected to open in December.

    Click the picture below to see the video.

    New Coos Bay Historical and Maritime Center (4)

1210 N. Front St.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Phone: 541-756-6320

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