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Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

900 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA
(800) 991-2338
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Stevenson
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Specialty Museums
Description: A three-story center offering exhibits on the history of the Columbia Gorge.
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English first
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Comprehensive and beautiful display of the history and life of the Columbia River gorge area in a unique architectural setting. Friendly staff on hand serve as docents and demonstrate working models. Whoever designed this place is worthy of an award

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Hammond, Oregon
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

First time there. What a great museum with great displays. Staff friendly and helpful. Would definitely return.

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Milwaukie, Oregon
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Enrich your visit to the Columbia River Gorge area by traveling across the river to the Interpretive Center in Stevenson, Washington via the Bridge of the Gods. The Center has various, extremely well done, exhibits including a section about First People--The Cascade Chinook--Indians. Their baskets, beadwork and artifacts are beautiful to see. There is much to learn about the Hudson... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We liked the large exhibits on the first floor--the fish wheel that swept up millions of salmon and was thankfully was banned in the early 1900, which contrasted with the simple sculpture of the Native American standing over Celilo Falls fishing only for his own needs, and the logging truck. The contrast between old and new. The site is in... More

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Port Angeles, Washington
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This little gem is tucked away in The Dalles; not a challenge to find, and well worth the effort. If you enjoy history and museums in general, you will love this one.

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