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Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

Closed Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A Worthy Visit

An eclectic collection, from a stunning collection of rosary beads, to first (indigenous) peoples... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Girls Weekend Exploring

My sister and I stopped here instead of hiking as the weather was colder and windier than we were... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Museum dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and interpretation of the cultural and natural history of Skamania County and the Columbia River Gorge.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
990 SW Rock Creek Dr, Stevenson, WA 98648-4404
+1 800-991-2338
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An eclectic collection, from a stunning collection of rosary beads, to first (indigenous) peoples, to a WWI airplane, to natural history, to fish catching wheels and a huge (formerly steam) engine used in sawmills. The docent during our visit ran it for us (and the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and I stopped here instead of hiking as the weather was colder and windier than we were willing to brave. I especially enjoyed the collection of rosaries, so unexpected and impressive! There is also a large amount of items to view outside but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stopped here on our way out of town and were the only ones there the hour or so we spent. It is very well done with some fun stuff to look at. The thing is, the subject matter is not very interesting. Indians, western...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

This interpretive center tells the hard-to-get stories of the formation and cultural aspects of the Columbia River Gorge.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the displays in this museum and wished we had had longer than an hour before it closed to look at it all, but two hours would probably have been long enough. The displays tell the story of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Heather A
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Fascinating smaller museum dedicated to telling the stories about the river, its peoples, and the progression of progress in the area. I especially liked the huge steam engine display and working example of a fish wheel. Who knew... Anyway, if you are in the area...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank FlyAZ2012
Reviewed 26 August 2018

This was our second trip to the center and our 9 yr old grandson's first. He really enjoyed it, more that the Museum at the Dalles for sure. Of course the large machinery caught his attention! I love the building and the space just as...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Chicogirl2015
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Took our kids to the county fair, then decided to stop in at the museum on the way out of town. What a pleasant and enjoyable place! Staff was very helpful and friendly, giving the children a scavenger hunt page to help them interact with...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank adobebeach
Reviewed 19 August 2018

We learned so much about the area. The museum is small, so you really only need a couple of hours to tour. But, it is packed full of information on the area, including Mt St Helens and the fire of 2017. Our teens enjoyed the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TX_1234Austin_TX
Reviewed 3 August 2018

This museum is very worth your while. It had an amazing collection of historical things. The theater shows a wonderful movie about the creation of the Gorge. I learned quite a bit about the area that I didn't know. 3 stories of exhibits. Well worth...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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