Coos Historical & Maritime Museum - Founded in 1891, this is one of the oldest continuously operating local historical societies in Oregon. It boasts more than 250,000 historic photographs (reproductions are available) and more than 40,000 artifacts. Visitors to the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum learn of the county's challenging and varied terrain, and gain a historic overview via a 20-foot-long photo collage timeline. The county's diverse history is communicated through artifacts and images, including items associated with the Coos and Coquille Indians, and with later coal miners, loggers, ranchers, and shipbuilders. Local shipwrecks are chronicled, along with frequently changed exhibits on a wide variety of topics from pre-history to the present. The museum's gift and book shop carries more than 50 titles concerning local natural and cultural history, coastal access and tourism routes as well as gifts.
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