Exhibits

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

First Floor Main Gallery

Uplands

  • Overland Travel
  • Mining
  • Logging & Lumbering
  • Dora
  • Giants
  • Alonzo Tucker

Tidewater

  • Shipbuilding
  • When the Rivers Were the Roads
  • Potlatch
  • A New Museum, A New Exhibit Concept
  • Bounty From the Waters

Seashore

  • Rough Seas & Shores
  • Bandon-by-the-Sea, “Blessed by Water, Cursed by Fire”
  • Removal
  • Rough Seas & Shores
  • First Encounter
  • Natural History of this Place

First Floor Lobby

Apollo 14: Coos Bay Connection

Now open through September 2022

Learn about the unique connection between the Coos Bay area and its residents to the Apollo 14 mission to the moon in the early 1970s.

History of the Coos County Historical Society 

The Coos County Historical Society has been in existence for over 130 years. Learn about the creation and continuation of the society and our museum.

 

First Floor Welcome Gallery

Myrtlewood: Treasure of the Southern Oregon Coast 

Now open through April 2023

This exhibit features the story of Myrtlewood which grows along the Southern Oregon Coast. From its beautiful wood grain to its use as currency during the Great Depression and as a medium for producing handcrafted gifts, furniture, and works of art, Myrtlewood is a treasure to behold.

 

Second Floor Mezzanine Gallery

Healing Hands

Now open through December 2022

Come explore the history of medicine in Coos County. This exhibit will feature a large sampling of the various establishments, people, tools, and continuing indigenous traditional medicinal practices that contributed to the health of Southern Oregon Coast communities since the 1800s. 

Click here for a link to Indigenous Medicinal Plant Names and Pronunciations related to the Healing Hands exhibit.

 


 

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Check back for updates soon!


 

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Hand Made

View two cases of local handmade items created by artisans and community members, some dating all the way back to 1871.

Exhibit Closing on April 23, 2022

 

Coos County Life A to Z – Augers to Zithers: Objects from the Coos History Museum Collection

On exhibit from 2019 – 2021
A to Z surprised visitors with unexpected “finds” from the museum collection. With its orientation around the alphabet, A to Z provided an eclectic showcase, allowing for a fun visual look into the past with lesser-known objects that appealed to all generations and weaved together stories from our region.

 

 

Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service

On exhibit from October 17, 2018 – December 29, 2019

It showcased 9 veterans and 3 Active Duty personnel who have ties to Coos County.  Historically tattoos have many meanings as well as misconceptions. Traditionally military inspired tattoos depict the story of wars and battles and symbolize lost soldiers or achievements in service.

 

United States Coast Guard Art

On exhibit from July 19 – September 16, 2018

U.S. Coast Guard:  Through the Eye of the Artist showcases 15 works depict the missions of the U.S. Coast Guard, including search and rescue cases, buoy tending operations and surf boat patrols.  Many of the works depict events occurring in the West and Northwestern parts of this country. This exhibit opened with a search and rescue demonstration from our local Coast Guard community.

 

I Am Not Invisible

On exhibit from May 10 – July 8, 2018

I Am Not Invisible (IANI) is a remarkable exhibition coming to the Coos History Museum. The exhibit features 20 portraits of Oregon women military veterans. There are more than 28,000 women veterans in Oregon — a number that has risen steadily over the past three decades — representing almost one-tenth of Oregon’s veteran population. And yet, women veterans continue to face significant barriers and challenges in accessing necessary health care and other services, while experiencing a lack of recognition unlike their male counterparts. By spotlighting the many faces of this diverse and important segment of the Oregon veteran community, IANI aims to increase awareness and dialogue about women veterans, as well as open viewers’ eyes to the myriad contributions, needs and experiences of women who have served in the military.

 

Patriot Nations

On exhibit from March 2018 – April 2018

Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.

 

Agriculture Exhibit

On exhibit from July 2015 – January 2018