The North Lincoln County Historical Museum in Lincoln City is reopening today (Wednesday), Oct. 7, while closely following Oregon’s COVID-19 guidelines for phase two. The museum will have a limited capacity, will require physical distancing and face coverings, and the children’s room will be temporarily closed. It will resume regular hours, Wednesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
During the COVID-19 shutdown, museum staff and volunteers have been busy working behind the scenes. They have made many improvements to existing exhibits, sent out newsletters and posted virtual tours and exhibits.
The museum has also created three new exhibits. “Pioneer Portraits” brings photos of pioneers to life through their stories of trials and tribulations that come with homesteading on the Oregon coast. “Defunct Devices” showcases all the technologies that were, in one way or another, replaced by the smartphone. These include, but are not limited to, an adding machine, typewriter, tape recorder, phonograph and an amazing camera collection. The museum’s mini-theater is also now a complete exhibit, with information on north Lincoln County theaters and prints from actual local theater posters.
Museum officials say they have been able to stay active thanks to the north county community, county support, memberships, donations and a COVID-19 relief grant from Oregon Humanities. Anyone who would like to support the museum during these difficult times is encouraged to consider becoming a member, donating, or supporting it through Amazon Smile.
The North Lincoln County Historical Museum is located at 4907 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City. The phone number is 541-996-6614. Go online at the museum’s website — www.northlincolncountyhistoricalmuseum.org — for all the latest updates, virtual tours and exhibit details.