Interpretive Center

Interpretive Center
Interpretive Center

The Interpretive Center features exhibits on seabirds, marine and intertidal life, as well as human history on the headland. From the wheelhouse of an historic ship, to a recreated rocky island and its inhabitants, to a full scale replica of the lighthouse lantern, exhibits help visitors appreciate the rich history of Yaquina Head. The Yaquina Head Interpretive store sells many educational items to bring Yaquina Head’s stories to your home, including videos about the lighthouse and gray whales along the Oregon Coast.

A fee is charged for use of the site

Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses

Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, a non-profit organization, was formed to aid in the restoration and preservation of the Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head lighthouses and surrounding area. They support educational and interpretive programs and sell items relating to the natural and cultural history of the two lighthouses.

Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses is chiefly funded through sales at its two Interpretive Stores, special events, grants and their membership program. The Yaquina Head store is located in the Interpretive Center while the Yaquina Bay store is located in the basement of the Yaquina Bay lighthouse. Members receive discounts on items purchased at the stores.

If you are interested in joining the Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses in their efforts to preserve the lighhouse, or would like more information, click here.

Your Visit

To make your visit more enjoyable:

  • Visit your local library. Brush up on tide pool life, birds, or marine mammals.
  • Bring boots, rain gear, and layers of clothing at any time of year.
  • Binoculars aid in viewing wildlife.
  • Please stay on trails to protect the plants and animals.
  • Stay back from cliff edges; they are dangerous.
  • Be careful near the ocean. Large waves, especially on the incoming tide, can sweep you off the rocks or beach.
  • Remember to lock your vehicle and take all valuables with you when leaving it unattended.
  • Research things to do.