First Floor Main Gallery


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


  • Shipbuilding
  • When the Rivers Were the Roads
  • Bounty From the Waters


  • 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


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.

Also, learn more about how the museum works to preserve its collection through our digital image reproduction program and research library.


First Floor Welcome Gallery

Myrtlewood: Treasure of the Southern Oregon Coast 

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 February 2023

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.



Special Exhibition-On Display Now

Reclaiming Our Words: Tribal Language on the South Coast

A collaboration with the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians.

This exhibit focuses on Native American Language Revitalization as told by the Tribes themselves. It features the Tribal languages in and around Coos County. It gives a deeper understanding of the importance of language to Native American culture, and the history of how the languages were and are passed down. Explore and learn Native words through interactive visual and audio displays and see explanations of how local place names originated.