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Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

900 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA
(800) 991-2338
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Ranked #3 of 6 Attractions in Stevenson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Specialty Museums
Description: A three-story center offering exhibits on the history of the Columbia Gorge.
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Spokane, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had read about the Interpretive Center so wanted to stop and see it. It is an interesting mix of amazing and odd. The odd is a room full of rosaries that someone in the area collected. You haven't lived until you see a rosary with a skull instead of a crucifix. Odd is the word that describes this exhibit.... More

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Lake Elsinore, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This museum has very nice exhibits, an indoor waterfall, and a nice gift shop. I loved the Native American and Lewis and Clark exhibits, which were put together very well and drew you in to their story. There is an airplane, an old lumber mill, lots of good history information, even a huge rosary collection if you are into that... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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230 reviews 230 reviews
68 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Absolutely a must do if in the Gorge area. Be sure to watch the films and listen to the oral histories. Really came away with a good feeling of how the area evolved. Exhibits cover all aspects of the changing area, geological and economic aspects as well as population shifts. Probably not that interesting for kids, not an interactive museum... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Very informative film, lots of interesting displays. Liked the Native American artefacts. Helpful staff.

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Vancouver, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were hesitant after reading some of the reviews, but it was well worth the price of admission. I had read reviews so I was anticipating the native american section, which we enjoyed. It was a lot about the history of the area from the development geographically (make sure you see the film on the mezzanine),to the native americans, Lewis... More

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Coral Springs
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69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Start your exploration of the gorge right here! It will give you a much greater appreciation of the area. This museum is informative, interesting, and includes many artifacts from the Columbia River Gorge exploration and settlement. The displays are interesting and informative. The museum and its displays reflect an artistic quality which elevates it above many museums.Great for the whole... More

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53 reviews 53 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

On a whim, during a break in a business conference, we tucked into this charming museum. What a lovely surprise it was! Filled with photographs and natural history elements, we were charmed for hours. Additionally, there were collections from local residents, including the most remarkable rosary collection imaginable (who knew?!). There is a short film documenting the geological history of... More

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Carson, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

They have a working steam engine that you can watch run, and excellent native American artifact collection, a huge Rosary collection, great staff and provide a great service to the local community. If you are not into museums and history, then skip it, but if you are - then I'm pretty sure you will find something to interest and entertain... More

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Malton, N Yorkshire
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68 reviews 68 reviews
26 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We visited towards the end of our trip and found a charming and very full interpretive centre. It gave a good account of the growth of the area and the life therein, particularly in the last one hundred and fifty years. A very good selection of photographs are on the walls. The transport section outside needs a little TLC but... More

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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Visited the CGIC in Stevenson, WA and was very impressed with the size and scope of their collection and replicas of artifacts which depicted both the human and industrial history of this area. The displays are very well done and lend themselves to providing a very strong learning experience, from machinery used in logging, fishing and the railroad industry as... More

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