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Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

900 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA
(800) 991-2338
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Ranked #2 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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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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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
28 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We stopped and walked through both floors of this museum. I was surprised by the content a bit - I expected more about the building of the gorge then about indians or rosary beads. Still was worth it!

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Vancouver, Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center just west of Stevenson, Washington is a great place to take the kids for the afternoon or just a few hours. We try to take our grand kids as often as we can and they all enjoy it. They learn something new on each of our trips there. Go to Stevenson for lunch as there... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Perhaps because we were staying across the river in Oregon, but it took us three days to find out about this wonderful place. I think we were the only visitors when we went, and I just don't understand why. I learned more about the area here than anywhere else. The exhibits were well displayed, and there were so many of... More

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Stevenson, Washington
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This place is fantastic! Much more than just a museum, it has well-designed displays with careful attention to detail. It's not just a collection of artifacts, but rather a world-class way to tell the story of the Columbia River Gorge. The short movie on the geology of the gorge is fun and informative. Be sure to ask for a demonstration... More

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San Francisco, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This is definitely worth visiting. It's beautifully done and most interesting. The video is well done and contains good information. It's very close to the Skamania Lodge.

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Canby, Oregon, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Wonderful exhibits about early life in the Columbia Gorge. Many different facets of life in the area are explored. Staff were very informative and willing talk about various exhibits. Especially interesting were the fish wheel replica and the steam engine. There were also movie and video presentations.

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Pendleton, Oregon
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

The museum covers the local history, as well as the history of the Gorge as a whole. They have Indian artifacts, and those from the settlers, movers, and shakers. A steam engine fills one end of the ground floor, and the staff start it up for a genuine, noisy experience!

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