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Maryhill Museum of Art

35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
509-773-3733
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Goldendale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Hilo, Hawaii
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149 reviews 149 reviews
52 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Maryhill Museum has one of the most beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge. Sam Hill must have wanted to view one of his major accomplishments which was the Columbia River Highway on the Oregon side of the river. He built this "ranch house" which looks like a castle but never lived in it and instead turned it into... More

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Corvallis, Oregon
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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Apparently, Sam Hill is here! (Hint: where in Sam Hill are we?) Samuel originally planned this would be his estate -- he was friends with Romanian monarchy -- as well as his laboratory -- he was an inventor and lover of art. He built the first paved roads in Washington state (still visible nearby) and collected some unusual pieces. The... More

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Well worth the time if you are in this rather remote area. Other reviews have described the museum and grounds very well so I won't go into that here - but I will say that it is well worth the time and a great way to get off the road if you are travelling down the Columbia River Gorge. Just... More

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University Place, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

You really want a whole day to appreciate the museum and grounds, they close the whole thing down promptly at 5pm including grounds. Make sure you get up to the kids' room early enough after the Rodin collection so that the kids have enough time & enough tin foil to make their own Rodin-esque sculpture (there was only 1 sheet... More

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seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Beautiful stately mansion in the middle of grasslands and surrounded by the majestic hills of the Columbia Gorge. I wont go into the history of this place as its well written about in these reviews, just will say it was a beautiful well put together collection. We happened to come on a 100 degree day with little room to breathe... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The history behind the Maryhill Museum may be more interesting than its collection. Built by a railroad baron of the early 20th century, the owner befriended an unusual group that included an avant garde dancer and dethroned European royals. The museum contains their furniture and memorabilia, as well as the owner's collection of American art and contemporary pieces. Have lunch... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Like the Stonehenge memorial, it's a bit weird to find such a great collection in the middle of miles of wild grasslands, wineries and fruit orchards. But Maryhill Museum seems to be thriving and the excellent eclectic collections are well worth the drive. I love the miniature couture post WWII fashion sets.

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I've been asking "What in the Sam Hill..." questions all my life (because my parents used the experession) without realizing they referred to a masterpiece of eclectic and visionary thinking in a far-away state that I would eventually move to. Maryhill--built and named for the wife who would never live in it and planned as the cornerstone of a utopian... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

You might wonder why you'd drive for hours to see a museum. The drive from Portland is through the Columbia Gorge and takes you from rain forest to high desert in a few hours with the dramatic Columbia river escorting you the whole way. The climate transition is fascinating, the views beautiful and the ride across one of the bridges... More

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Newberg, Oregon
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

If you ever heard, "What the Sam Hill are you doing?" a stop at this amazing museum will answer the question. He was a rich man with rich friends. They helped accumulate an amazing array of beautiful and interesting items. The collection of Rodin paintings and sculptures is worth the price of admission. The US Stonehinge is nearby. You will... More

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