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Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

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Address: 990 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA 98648
Phone Number: 18009912338
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Museum dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and interpretation...

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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Wonderful museum and center to visit

This is an amazing find in a small town. It is huge and full of very well thought out exhibits to lead you from centuries ago to present day Columbia River gorge. Starting out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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English first
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing find in a small town. It is huge and full of very well thought out exhibits to lead you from centuries ago to present day Columbia River gorge. Starting out with the Indian tribes and their history, going through the white settlers and the fights over resources on to the present day, it is intelligent and... More 

Thank John13Tacoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I fully suggest you take the time to see this amazing place! It's absolutely beautiful and I took many many pictures. It's worth the short drive off the freeway and you will be happy that you made the time to visit and get great pictures to share with friends and family. Easy access and very worth it!

Thank Robin N
Bellevue, Washington
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38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The advertising looks very promising. The building looks great. But the truth is the collection looks slim and somewhat amateur. The films are informative. Strange collection of rosaries takes up half of the 3rd floor. Mostly it seems to be a museum dedicated to the logging history of the area paying on slight homage to native peoples. Save your money... More 

Thank leftie9
Little Rock, Arkansas
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95 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Covers geology of Columbia Cascades, strong emphasis on First Peoples as well as early white settlers. Several restored vehicles 1924 Ford Model A, and a 1934 Ford coupe, and a logging truck; several exhibit placards voice a wry sense of humor. If you are in Stevenson go here, because there is not much else to do.

Thank Robert R
Stevenson, Washington
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've visited the Interpretive Center many times over the last several years. This is a dynamically creative venue with many different types of exhibits representing the Columbia River Gorge: an authentic fish wheel, Native American artifacts, local artists, geology, etc. The exhibits are updated and rotated often, making this destination always interesting to visit.

Thank rdclydecat
Stevenson, Washington
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

good quiet place, plenty to see, not crowded, clean neat displays, up to date, interesting, needs an injection of funds, to up date certain old hat stuff, but budget may not permit, but worth spending 2 hours,s

Thank Kenneth W
Stevenson, Washington
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center is a hidden Gem. Located in Stevenson ,WA just off of HWY 14, on the west end of town. There are wonderful exhibits on the native Americans who lived in the area, the arrival of the European settlers, the river boats and an incredible full scale model of a 'fish wheel'. Also, for the mechanically... More 

Thank Tominthegorge
Toronto, Canada
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49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Story of first people's and of the settlers nicely told in this museum. it's small but well laid out. Good view of the Columbia river

Thank TravellingFriends
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Rosary collection was awesome. Gorgeous rug portraying Lewis & Clark. Nice people in charge! Very clean and items were well displayed, as well as interesting and informative.

Thank Karen B
Seattle, WA
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89 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A new and very slick facility. Definitely worth a stop when you are exploring the Gorge. It explains a lot of the Gorge’s history and people. It is beautiful and well-presented and must have been expensive to build (hence the $9 entrance fee). It is money well spent and adults and children alike can get a glimpse into the harsh... More 

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