Museum Exhibits

Your adventure will take you back thousands of years, and then bring you forward to the recent past. Allow yourself at least an hour to get an overview of the galleries.

 

Native American Exhibit

In the Native American exhibit, you start your journey at the Palmrose and Par-Tee Archaeological Digs which were conducted by the Smithsonian Institution during the 1970s. Artifacts were carbon isotope dated and found to be over 2,000 years old. From these artifacts the lifestyle of the inhabitants could be determined. Some of these artifacts are displayed along with drawings and interpretive signage.

Native American Jennie Michelle

Jennie Michelle identified the location of the Lewis and Clark Salt Works, in 1904. She was the last known full blooded Clatsop Indian in Seaside, Oregon

Other displays in the Native American exhibit include:

  • A lighted, interactive, wall map featuring Native American names of geographical features and sites in Clatsop County, Oregon
  • A map of Native American tribes and languages
  • Chinook trade jargon
  • A model of a Clatsop Indian long house, made according to details as described by Lewis and Clark
  • Hand-crafted items made by Clatsop Indians in the late 1800s
  • A Lewis and Clark display featuring quotes from the journals, interpretive signage, and artifacts
  • A diorama of the Lewis and Clark salt works, illustrating the way the Corps of Discovery expedition retrieved salt from the ocean

 

Logging Exhibit

A display of very early logging photographs donated to the museum by Crown Zellerbach.

Logging operation

Logging operation using oxen to haul the logs. This is one of many photos from the museum's photo archive.

 

Seaside's Hotels Exhibit

A pictorial history of the hotel at Seaside's Turnaround depicts the progression of ownership from the Grimes Hotel to the Hotel Moore, Seasider Hotel, Seaside Motor Inn, and up to the present Shilo Hotel.

There is also a display of artifacts and photos from other Seaside hotels, dating from the late 1800s through the 1960s.

Turnaround

Seaside Hotel at the Seaside Turnaround 1922.

Diorama of Seaside, Oregon

Built to commemorate Seaside's 1899-1999 Centennial, this diorama of Seaside demonstrates the town as it was in 1899.

Numbered buttons illuminate the houses and a nine minute tape recorded narration tell the story of this diorama.

Diorama depicting Seaside, Oregon, in 1899

Diorama depicting Seaside, Oregon, in 1899, looking North towards Gearhart, Oregon.

Diorama depicting Seaside, Oregon, in 1899

Diorama depicting Seaside, Oregon, in 1899, looking south towards Tillimook Head.

Also in the Diorama exhibit you will find photos and history of:

  • Native Americans and early pioneers
  • Mr. C.A. McGuire, first Mayor of Seaside
  • Seaside Map, 1890
  • Early 1900s beach scene
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Turn Around Building Exhibit

The Turn Around Building display depicts the original Oates Natatorium, built in 1914, which became known as the Turn Around Building. This is where visitors came to swim, skate and play. Surrounding the building were an ice cream and confectionery shop, a cigar stand, a barber shop, the William Montag Photography Shop and the Oregon Woolen Mills Store.

Oats bath house

"Constantly changing, filtered, chlorinated and heated pure water circulates through the several plunges. Between the large pools is an everflowing warm shower. Besides galleries for visitors there is a special passage from the well-kept dressing rooms to the ocean beach."

 

Pacific Pier Exhibit

Pacific Pier photos and postcards help tell the story of the pier which was maintained from 1904 to 1914. Photos also show beach fun of that era as well as the boardwalk that was the forerunner of the Prom.

postcard

Pacific Pier from a postcard bearing a 1909 Seaside Post Office postmark."

 

Broadway Billiards Exhibit

This display tells how the Seaside Fruit and Produce Co. was purchased by B.J. Callahan in 1916 to become the Broadway Billiards.

The second floor was common meeting place for civic groups, unions, and lodges, and the local theater groups put on plays there. The first floor was a saloon that with the advent of Prohibition became a room for cards and billiards.

The building still stands at the west corner of Broadway and South Franklin Street.

 

Fun in Seaside Exhibit

Pacific Pier photos and postcards help tell the story of the pier which was maintained from 1904 to 1914. Photos also show beach fun of that era as well as the boardwalk that was the forerunner of the Prom.

 

Work in Seaside Exhibit

Work in Seaside tells of drug store, theater, dairy, groceries, bakery, garage, service station, bank, saloon, camp grounds, barber shop and cafe businesses in Seaside, Oregon.

 

Railroad History Exhibit

In this room you discover Seaside's Railroad history. First you learn how visitors would travel from Portland to Skipanon by ship. There they would step onto a dock that led them to a railroad pier where a train would be waiting for their journey to Seaside. In 1898 a railroad trestle was built across Youngs Bay which allowed passengers to ride the train all the way from Portland to Seaside. Excursion trains and the "Daddy Train" are pictured. The original Seaside Station sign is on display along with other railroad artifacts.

 

Railroad History Exhibit

In this room you discover Seaside's Railroad history. First you learn how visitors would travel from Portland to Skipanon by ship. There they would step onto a dock that led them to a railroad pier where a train would be waiting for their journey to Seaside. In 1898 a railroad trestle was built across Youngs Bay which allowed passengers to ride the train all the way from Portland to Seaside. Excursion trains and the "Daddy Train" are pictured. The original Seaside Station sign is on display along with other railroad artifacts.

 

Seaside Signal Newspaper Exhibit

The Seaside Signal room shows the working areas of the newspaper, from the Editor's desk through typesetting to the Linotype Machine that was used from 1953 up to the installation of the offset press.

 

Seaside Volunteer Fire Dept

Standing "at ready" is Seaside's 1904 hose cart and various historical fire fighting equipment.

A display of the Seaside Fire of 1912 pictorially shows the city before and after the disaster.

A map illustrates the scale of the fire and lists the businesses that were destroyed.

 

School Days

This exhibit includes a recreation of an "old fashioned" school room and a pictorial history of Seaside schools. In an exhibit dating from 1885 to 1949 visitors find class photos of students, with names. Some are graduating classes, others are not.

 

Seaside Hall of Fame

This hallway honors Seaside's past mayors and government officials.