Pacific County Museum

The Pacific County Historical Society is an educational organization devoted to the preserving the history of the Willapa Bay region.

The Society’s programs include the Pacific County Museum; The Sou’wester, a magazine of Southwest Washington state history; and educational programs for the public held throughout the area. 

The Sou’wester

The history of Pacific County comes alive on the pages of the Society’s quarterly magazine, The Sou’wester. For over 30 years The Sou’wester has recorded the rich story of people and places around our region. Society members receive four issues of The Sou’wester each year. Back issues, as well as an index to people and subjects appearing in The Sou’wester are available through the Society’s website at

The Museum Store supplies a wide variety of books, maps, photographs, and other materials related to Pacific County and Pacific Northwest history. The Pacific County Museum is open 7 days/week, from 11-4.

1008 W. Robert Bush Drive, (Highway 101), South Bend. 360-875-5224.

The Society and it’s Museum are primarily supported by membership dues and donations. For more information contact the museum director at:

Pacific County Historical Society
PO Box P, South Bend WA 98586-0039

The Museum and Research Center

The Pacific County Museum is an educational institution operated by the Pacific County Historical Society since 1970. The Museum is located at milepost 54, US Highway 101, in the county seat of South Bend. The Museum houses the Society’s permanent collections as well as long and short term displays related to County History.

The Society actively collects records and items related to Pacific County history. Our collections include over 15,000 photographic images, 1,500 historical artifacts, and 500 lineal feet of archival records. These unique collections attract many researchers to the Museum each year as well as being a basic resource for for the Society’s educational programs. Access to the research collection is by appointment with the curator.

The Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Discovery and Adventure Awaits!

Take a step back in time and explore the charming farming communities of Raymond, South Bend, Bay Center, Menlo, Lebam & Frances, located in the beautiful Willapa Hills. Historic Willapa Harbor is home to a vibrant fishing and oyster farming industry, a wide array of agriculture farms, an amazing art corridor, winery and breweries, and a spectacular variety of outdoor adventures. The history of the area is revealed through the many historical sites, including the South Bend County Courthouse with an anstonishing stained glass rotunda and the Raymond Theater featuring classic art deco era architecture with many fine arts performances & movies through out the year. The Northwest Carriage Museum our region's most visited tourist destination will stun your senses as you tour through its vast collection. Our Seaport Museum and the Pacific County Historical Society collections, along with our architecturally impressive Library buildings, bring to life our vibrant past. The WHCC are the proud stewards of the restored 1900's Craftsman Community Center available for special event rentals.

Come and experience the beauty of Willapa Harbor while discovering the stories that make this place so special.


Discovery and Adventure Awaits!Meet our Members