Oregon Coast Military Museum, Florence

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The Oregon Coast Military Museum, a 501c3 non-profit, opened its doors in Florence, on the Oregon coast, on July 4th, 2015, after a seven-year effort by locals to build a museum to honor the more-than 20% of Florence-area residents who are Veterans. Intended to honor all eras of military heritage and all disciplines of military service, it is a small museum in comparison to other military museums around the country. The 3,000-square foot display space is filled with life-sized dioramas depicting scenes from WWI to Vietnam, plus a scaled diorama of a typical Iraqi village depicting a US military convoy traveling through.



While small by museum standards, this facility is jam-packed with artifacts, mementos and experiences all in an effort to serve the Museum’s mission “To Honor our Veterans by Educating Our Public.” In addition to a small gift shop, the Museum also features a small theater showing military documentaries, a USO Canteen, and a lending library.



Our initial membership drive to generate seed money, support and public awareness in the early days of our effort was the ‘Kilroy Corps’. Like the urban legend, ‘Kilroy Was Here’ borne of WWII, these Kilroy Corps members have the distinction of being there before all others and are named on a display in our gift shop.



Situated on Kingwood Street adjacent to the Florence Municipal Airport, the Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 10-4. Be sure to visit this site when you’re traveling the Oregon coast.
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  • Excellent collection; unfortunately closed temporarily for setting up their annual Christmas Tree display and auction. 
    Excellent collection; unfortunately closed temporarily for setting up their annual Christmas Tree display and auction.  more »
  • Went with cousin. Both of us were moved by the way the displays were set up. Actually gave you a feel for what it would have been like had you been there. Very moving! Would see again!! 
    Went with cousin. Both of us were moved by the way the displays were set up. Actually gave you a feel for what it would have been like had you been there. Very moving! Would see again!!  more »
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  • Fun little Museum. It was a nice place to visit. Cute little gift shop. I love history would recommend.
  • It was not open to the public the day we were there, but we asked questions and staff working on a project was very polite and helpful.

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