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Culture has its roots in history, but it’s also very much about the present. Culture on the Tillamook Coast ranges from museums to forests, and interpretive trails to the county fair.

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The Garibaldi Museum is located between the base of Captain Robert Gray Mountain and the Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi Oregon. The museum is filled with memoirs of the maritime heritage of the North Coast, particularly the adventures of Captain Robert Gray. It is the mission of the museum to collect information concerning Captain Robert Gray and historic sailing vessels; the Lady Washington and The Columbia Rediviva. Read more…

Tillamook Quilt Trail

Quilts have been part of Tillamook County since the early pioneers first came over the mountain to the Tillamook Coast. The Quilt Trail concept, which started in Ohio, is very popular on the East coast as demonstrated by the 3,000+ quilt blocks mounted on barns and businesses. Read more…

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    Explore the cultural heritage of the Tillamook Coast.

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    Clatsop Nehalem Language Reclamation Project

    Sharing a strong attachment to their homeland on the northern Oregon coast, the Clatsop-Nehalem people have a strong commitment to maintaining the vitality of their culture and language, and to the well-being of their elders, children and future generations.

    Northwest Old Iron Club

    Members of the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association preserve, restore and display old cars and trucks, and farm and logging equipment, tools and tractors. A summer event in Tillamook, Step Back in Time, displays the large collection.

    Tillamook Swiss Society

    Founded in 1922, the Swiss Society celebrates the cultural heritage of settlers in Tillamook County that started the dairy farming industry and the beginning of the cheesemaking business, Tillamook Creamery, which is now a national brand.

    Tillamook County Pioneer Association

    Founded in 1934, supports the work of the Tillamook Pioneer Museum by collecting and maintaining thousands of genealogical and historical records concerning past Tillamook County residents.

    Tillamook County Historical Society

    Formed in 1984, the historical society places historic plaques on buildings and sites in Tillamook County, and supports self-guided walking tours and a geocache trail in historic downtown Tillamook.

    Tillamook County Cemetery and History Preservation

    Volunteers work to clean headstones, maintain landscaping and preserve history of pioneers. Member of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.

    Tillamook Dairy Women

    Volunteers continue the decades-long tradition of celebrating the first baby born in June at Tillamook Hospital, and for sponsoring the June Dairy Princess program.

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    Annual Events

    • June Dairy Parade – June
    • Pacific City Blessing of the Dory Fleet – June
    • Tillamook Rodeo – June
    • Clover’s Day Festival – July
    • Dory Days – July
    • Tillamook County Fair – August
    • The Old Iron Show – August
    • Garibaldi Blessing of the Fleet – September

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    Please Keep in Mind

    • Our cultural organizations are supported by volunteers; hours of operation may fluctuate as a result.
    • Organizations rely on donations and fundraising events; if you can, please donate. Every bit helps.
    • If you live in the area, or are a second homeowner, consider becoming a volunteer.