The North Lincoln County Historical Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits where you can learn about Lincoln County’s rich history and unique qualities, from its rugged settlers to the development of its main industries.
Lincoln County History
The downstairs exhibit gallery examines the history of North Lincoln County through township development in the mid 1920s. Beginning with information about the prehistory of the central Oregon coast including fossils and other early artifacts, this gallery includes Native American history with examples of baskets and beadwork; early settlement and homesteading displays that show early tools and household items; and dairy, fishing, and cannery displays with artifacts from those industries. Large photos of people and places included throughout the exhibit bring to life the fascinating history of north Lincoln County.
Japanese glass fishing floats, donated from the spectacular collection of Jim Watson, are a special feature of this gallery. This display includes many unusual examples produced in Japan for the fishing industry that have made their way to the Oregon Coast at the whim of wave and wind and are still celebrated today through the popular Finders Keepers program.
The upstairs gallery focuses on tourism, celebrating the age of the automobile with information on the first cars and roads to the area. The gallery’s timeline begins with the completion of the Salmon River and Coast Highways in the late 1920s and extends through 1965 when many of the small towns incorporated as Lincoln City. The history of each town along what was known as the Twenty Miracle Miles is included in a panel display, along with roadside attractions, early tourism promotions like the notorious “Redhead Roundup”, and one-of-a-kind businesses like the Pixie Kitchen and Pixieland.
Pixieland & the Pixie Kitchen
A fond memory for many traveling to the Oregon Coast. Pixieland was an amusement park just outside of Lincoln City operating for only a few short years in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Pixie Kitchen was a favorite Lincoln City restaurant established in 1930, which provided the inspiration for the park, providing “Heavenly Food on the Oregon Coast”. Learn more about these beloved pastimes at the permanent exhibit at the museum.
Each gallery includes a changing display area; so that each time you visit there is something new to see.
The museum hosts special events throughout the year. Hands-on workshops, lectures and special exhibits make their way to the mesuem on a regular basis.
Admission to the North Lincoln County Historical Museum is FREE.
North Lincoln County Historical Museum
4907 SW Hwy 101 • 541-996-6698
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