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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, Cultural
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Owner description: A three-story center offering exhibits on the history of the Columbia Gorge.

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Federal Way, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

A state-of-the-art museum just outside of little, old Stevenson and just down the road from Skamania Lodge, the museum showcases Native American history and culture, the role salmon fishing and harvesting has played in the Columbia River, machinery, some eccentric collections donated by local folks, natural history and local artists' works. Local money built this impressive, lovely museum and sustains... More

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Gorgeous building and interesting museum. Great location just below Skamania Lodge. Would recommend seeing this.

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Kimberling City MO
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Geology and early Indian civilization history; not a children's inter-active museum, but contains interesting displays. Worth the cost. Not about the fish and the dams, but gives important aspects of the region.

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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We just spent two nights in Hood River. One thing we did was visit the Col Gorge Interp Center. We have spent time in Gorge, but first time to this place. We even stayed at Skamania Lodge a couple years ago and did not visit. Entertainment Book has a coupon for on free entry after a paid entry. So we... More

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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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233 reviews 233 reviews
69 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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70 reviews 70 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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