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Central Oregon Coast Attraction Reopens: Newport's Maritime Museum

Published 06/21/21 at 7:15 PM PDT
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Central Oregon Coast Attraction Reopens: Newport's Maritime Museum

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(Newport, Oregon) – The Lincoln County Historical Society (LCHS) in Newport is reopening the Pacific Marine Heritage Center to the public on July 1. The famed central Oregon coast attraction will be open Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Parking is located next to the museum entrance, at 333 SE Bay Blvd. Masks are currently required.

Visitors to Newport will also get to see something new: a different pedestrian access pathway. That opening day of July 1 also features a ribbon cutting for the walk. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks, attendees can enjoy some of the new Ebb & Flow videos in the Doerfler Family Theater.

The LCHS staff and board have been hard at work over the past year on a variety of improvements to the facilities and museum spokesman Laura Rose said they are excited to welcome in the public once more.

“While we will not be holding our usual 4th of July fireworks reception at the PMHC this year, we will be open during normal museum hours,” Rose said.

There will also be free admission for members for the day, $5 for nonmembers, and children 12 and under free.

The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing Central Oregon Coast history. 541-265-7509.

The maritime museum started out in 2013, after almost ten years of work to get this old restaurant space turned into the new facility.

It boasts an abundance of displays and features, including binnacles, boat models, ship's wheels, vintage surfboards, maritime art and larger-than-life art – all in the spirit of the central Oregon coast town's historic Bayfront.

The building is a unique one with its high ceilings and 50-some windows overlooking Newport's Bayfront at Port Dock 5. Often, it inspires gasps as people first enter. It has been around for more than a century, starting as the Bayley House around 1899. It eventually became a restaurant and nightclub which closed around 2000. MORE NEWPORT BELOW

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