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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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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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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 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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26 helpful votes 26 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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25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
38 helpful votes 38 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 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
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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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