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Maryhill Museum of Art

35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Goldendale
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Natural History Museums, Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Experience the Enchantment. Set in a castle-like chateau with breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill is one of the NW's most... more » Owner description: Experience the Enchantment. Set in a castle-like chateau with breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill is one of the NW's most fascinating cultural destinations. Explore world-class European & American art, an extensive Native American collection, sculptures and watercolors by Auguste Rodin, and much more. Cafe, sculpture garden, & picnic grounds on-site.In Spring 2012 the museum will open its 25,000 square foot Mary & Bruce Stevenson Wing, featuring a dedicated arts education suite, new cafe with terrace seating and views of the Gorge, along with a stunning outdoor plaza with a sculpture garden, interpretative signage and more breathtaking views. « less
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Richland, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I have visited this museum a few times in the last couple decades and the was extraordinarily, pleasantly surprised at what I found this visit! the exhibits are much improved, they've added on with areas that allow in natural light into some of the more modern exhibits. such an array of exhibits including New York comics/ political, Modern Art, Queen... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

One hundred miles east of the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area sited atop a bluff overlooking the Columbia River on the edge of the national gorge scenic area is the Mary Hill Museum of Fine Art. Another unusual story of the eccentricities driven by wealth and power, Sam Hill built his mansion overlooking the road system that he built and the rail... More

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Portland, Oregon
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The Rodins are worth the trip. They had a chess set collection that was magnificent. Sam Hill built this for his family but he never lived there. He had some affairs and his wife took the kids back to Minnesota never to return. He turned it into a museum. Extensive Edward Curtis collection of photos of early American Indians from... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Basically, a rich guy turns his house into a museum and it's mostly about his friends, like the Queen of Romania and Loie Fuller, a dancer. It's not the Met, but I found it interesting and if you have a couple of extra hours to kill, you may find it interesting, too.

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Beaverton, Oregon
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We visited Maryhill on our way back to Portland from Idaho (my husband and I and our 13 yr old son) and are so glad we stopped. We had lunch in the cafe' first and were able to take some time reading the history of Sam Hill and the creation of the museum and the important relationships that made it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Sam Hill, founder of this museum was friends with the Queen of Romania. She gave him her throne, furniture, and clothing for display. If you enjoy Native American artifacts you will see items from all the regions of North America. They also have a beautiful collection of chess sets.

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Sacramento, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This museum is on the Columbia Gorge and this alone gives it 5 stars. The approach to the museum is reminiscent of European destinations. Once at the museum, the displays are quality. We especally liked the Native American artifacts and photos. The gift shop could be beefed up, but the small cafe on the lower level is nice and provides... More

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The Flatlands
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This is a small, cute museum, with collections in Rodin, furniture of the Romanian royalty, and native American artifacts. But the greatest strength is the combination of the art and the scenic location overlooking the Columbia River Gorge from on high. Imagine taking half an hour to look at some art, then rest your eyes upon the majestic river for... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Good collection of Romanian royalty art as well as Native American weaving and several Rodin sculptures. The view from the grounds is great and there are also many modern art sculptures on the grounds.

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Edison, New Jersey
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8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

Friends suggested we visit this museum in Goldendale, WA., but we never expected to see a superb Rodin exhibit and a wonderful, special fashion exhibit. We started out reading about Sam Hill and the building of the museum and how the collections came to be. The exhibits of the paintings, furniture and clothes of a Romanian Queen were interesting. The... More

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