From whale burps and unidentifiable objects that wash up onshore, to surreal beaches with “magic rocks”, there is much of the odd and curious to be found in Oregon and along its coastal beaches.
Is it possible that unusual creatures share the Pacific Northwest with its 10.3 million human occupants? Did a sea monster from prehistoric times wash up in Lincoln City? What happened when a whale was blown up on a beach in Florence? How do impossible bottles work?
If you are as curious as we are, you will enjoy exploring the strange, odd and unusual, not to mention unbelievable, in new a new exhibit at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum. Opening on Friday, June 6 and running through the end of 2014, Coastal Curiosities is sure to answer some questions while provoking more.
According to museum director Anne Hall, many unusual objects are donated to the museum.
“Sometimes people just drop them off at our door, but most often they come to the museum hoping that we can tell them about the objects they have inherited or found," she said. "When we can identify them, all is well, but at times we remain puzzled as to their purpose, time period or the material they are made from. It’s those types of objects we have on display in this exhibit.”
Hall also highlights some of the unusual events that have taken place on the coast in this exhibit.
“One of the strangest stories is of the sea monster that was found at the D River," she said. "No one at the time could identify the remains of the creature that washed up on shore, including quite a few scientists. That story left me curious to learn more, so I included it in the exhibit.”
If you are the kind of person that enjoys a mystery, Hall said you will enjoy Coastal Curiosities.
A companion exhibit with the same title and content is also opening in Newport at the Bailey House Museum on June 6.
The North Lincoln County Historical Museum is located at 4907 S.W. Highway 101 in Lincoln City. Admission and parking are free.