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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 of...

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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Well worth the time

Well-presented collection of historical and geographical memorabilia relating to the Columbia Gorge. Begin the tour with First Peoples as the layout follows an historical... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Andrew C
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well-presented collection of historical and geographical memorabilia relating to the Columbia Gorge. Begin the tour with First Peoples as the layout follows an historical evolution of the Gorge. Logging and fishing drove the economy of the area for many years so there is a large display of tools and equipment that is fascinating. Don't miss the short film on the... More 

Thank Andrew C
Lebanon, Oregon
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This is a beautiful building that is well maintained. The exhibits are very interesting and we learned a lot about Stevenson and the Gorge

Thank zentraveler007
Brush Prairie, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We've been to this museum twice now while we stayed at Skamania Lodge. Very informative and fun to walk through. Allow yourself at least an hour and a half to two hours to enjoy it all.

Thank jazzsherrie
Norwalk, California
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98 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

A very clean museum. Very modern detaiing the history of the gorge. A great value and a must see if you are traveling to the gorge. I would also visit the town of Stevenson. The walkway along the river is breath taking.

Thank JoeA336
Florence, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

If you are looking for a museum with local flavor, great variety and a combination of native, Lewis and Clark and settler stuff all within an easy time frame - this is your choice. Friendly staff, great museum.

Thank granbrandrew
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

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.

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Stevenson, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

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.

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