Kids Get In Free at the Maritime Center


For the remainder of the month of December, children age 12 and under will be admitted for free to the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center with a paid adult admission or a adult member
free pass.

The Maritime Center offers a children’s discovery area where young ones can get up close and personal with our “hands on history” interactive exhibit. They can even make their own exhibit, explore photos and maps, and try on vintage clothing. Touching is very much encouraged in the hands on area.

Normally, children’s admission is $3.00. Adults and children alike can also take in the new “Making Waves” surfing exhibit and “Yaquina,” a retrospective exhibit of Michael Gibbons paintings of the Yaquina Bay estuary.

The Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center is open Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, and is located at 333 SE Bay Blvd on Newport’s Historic Bayfront. Closed Christmas Day. For more information, call 541-265-7509.



Cowabunga Longboard Classic, Otter Rock, 1983. Photo by Scott Blackman

Making Waves
Pioneer Surfers of the Oregon Coast

An engaging and nostalgic exhibit on Oregon Coast surfing, surfer culture, and the pioneers who made it happen opens at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center on Thursday, October 23rd.

For centuries, surfing was central to ancient Polynesian culture. It was “discovered” by European explorers in the late 1700s. The first written account of surfing in Hawaii appears in the journals of Captain James Cook. Cook describes with envy the pleasure experienced by these early surfer dudes, December 1777.

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Yaquina Art Exhibit Opening at Maritime Center

"Arnold Creek Estuary"

“ARNOLD CREEK ESTUARY” oil painting of the Yaquina watershed by Michael Gibbons

A travelling exhibit of 35 oil paintings by Michael Gibbons, Toledo, will be on display at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center beginning Thursday, October 9th. The artist will be present throughout the day from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and invites everyone to stop by and see his unique views of the Yaquina watershed.

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Coastal Curiosities: An exhibit of the Strange, Unfamiliar, and Seldom Seen

Mr and Mrs Rare Button

Mr. and Mrs. Rare Button, a postcard reproduction from Wecoma, Oregon,
which is now part of Lincoln City.

The head of an angry wolf eel, shipwrecks, wax that generates music, a shell in a bottle, mysterious copper hardware and a multitude of other strange, unfamiliar, and seldom seen objects are now on exhibit at the Lincoln County Historical Society’s Burrows House Museum. Stylistically, this exhibit is in the traditional style of the curiosity cabinet of old.
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Drawing on Our History: Talk & Presentation by Author & Artist James A. Cole

James Cole

James A. Cole

Fishing vessel historian, author and artist, James A. Cole, will share the story behind his recently published book, Drawing on Our History: Fishing Vessels of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska on Sunday, June 1st, 5pm, at the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center. In addition, a selection of original paintings from the book will be on exhibit. Continue reading