The Best Museums in Coos Bay

Explore Oregon Coast Art, Culture, and History

Centrally located in the heart of the Oregon Coast, Red Lion Coos Bay puts you in prime position to explore the area's vibrant, adventurous spirit. But some of the best things to do in Coos Bay can be found indoors, at the region's museums. Art, history, culture, entertainment, and more are on display at these popular museums in Coos Bay, including several museums within walking distance of Red Lion Coos Bay!

The Coos Art Museum

Located in downtown Coos Bay in the city's former post office. The Coos Art Museum has a permanent collection of contemporary American and Northwest art with several gallery displays of local artists. The museum also hosts several changing exhibitions throughout the year.  A must see is The Steve Prefontaine Memorial Collection located on the 2nd floor. 

The Coos Historical and Maritime Museum

For a look at local history, visit the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum located next to Simpson Park on Highway 101 in North Bend. The museum's displays transport visitors back in time to Coos and Coquille Indians' culture and the legacy of the region's first settlers. 

The Oregon Coast Historic Rail Museum

The Oregon Coast Historic Rail Museum located between the Bay and Highway 101 near Ingersoll Street displays railroad and logging equipment in an outdoor setting. On display is a restored 1922 Baldwin steam locomotive, a sawmill and logging equipment. Visit the museum gift shop for railroad memorabilia. 

The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum

The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum on North Front Street, just a five-minute walk from Red Lion Coos Bay, is a throwback to the old days when an ink-stained newspaper editor could write the story, edit it, set the type and print the page. You'll be able to see the old press which is still operational and look at vintage issues of The Sun Newspaper. The museum features original equipment of The Sun Newspaper (1891-1944) and exhibits on printing and local history. 

The Coquille Valley Museum 

The Coquille Valley museum's collection includes the Lee Peterson tool collection, the Wilkins Photography Studio photographs, Leland Simpson's antiques, and a number of items on loan from the Coquille Sentinel newspaper including a turn-of-the-century printing press and type.

The Coos County Logging Museum

The unusual appearance of the Coos County Logging Museum's dome-shaped building has made it a local landmark.  The museum features Myrtlewood carvings, antique logging equipment such as chain saws, axes, spring boards, adzes and tools relating to logging.  Open from June 1st to September 30th.