The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center (PMHC), in Newport's Bayfront, is one of two historic properties operated by the nonprofit Lincoln County Historical Society. The 30,000 SF flagship site, features panoramic views of Yaquina Bay, two changing exhibit galleries, three permanent galleries, the 121-seat Doerfler Family Theater, and a Museum Store.
The Doerfler Family Theater includes an 18 ft screen and a self-serve menu of 18 short historic films created by the Lincoln County Historical Society for visitors to enjoy. The Center serves as a museum and interpretive center, dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich maritime history and heritage of the Pacific Northwest, with a particular focus on the Oregon coast.
Additionally, the PMHC offers classes, workshops, panel discussions, lectures, and other special events in conjunction with its rotating exhibit program.
On August 12 visitors can observe Plein air painters in action on the center’s balcony overlooking Newport’s Commercial Fishing Fleet and the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
“Our Beautiful & Wild Oregon Fisheries” exhibition is showing, which defines and explains the significance of Newport’s Commercial Fishing Industry.
“Composition Series: Ernest Bloch in Agate Beach” runs from July 20 – November 12 and celebrates the creative talents of one of Newport’s most famous residents.
Don’t miss “The Curious World of Seaweed,” a traveling exhibition from San Francisco author/artist, Josie Iselin in partnership with Exhibit Envoy. The exhibit is based on the book of the same name by Iselin (Heyday Books). The Curious World of Seaweed explores the history, art & science of seaweed and will be at the Center thru October 1st.
For those interested in the rich maritime history of the Oregon coast and the cultural significance of Newport as a coastal town, a visit to the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is a must. It is a place where history comes alive, inviting visitors to explore, learn, and appreciate the profound connection between the local community and the sea that has shaped its identity.
The PMHC is located at 333 SE Bay Blvd. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 4 PM. Onsite parking is available. Admission rates apply. Admission is free to LCHS Members, Active-Duty military, and children 12 & under. Family and group rates available.
Serving the public for 75 years, the Lincoln County Historical Society preserves and interprets the collective memory of Lincoln County and includes the Log Cabin Research Library Archive and 1895 Burrows House located at 545 SW 9th St., Newport. A sampling of society’s vast historic image collection can be seen at: oregondigital.org. For more information visit: oregoncoasthistory.org or call 541-265-7509. Follow us on Instagram @lincolnco.historicalsociety or Twitter @maritime_center.
Please visit oregoncoasthistory.org for more information about the Pacific Maritime Heritage Museum and other offerings from the Historical Society. The Newport Chamber of Commerce is always ready to welcome you to the beach! Visit newportchamber.org for a detailed calendar of events and a list of local businesses that will take care of every aspect of your stay.