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“Interesting museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
900 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA
(800) 991-2338
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Ranked #3 of 6 Attractions in Stevenson
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Specialty Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: A three-story center offering exhibits on the history of the Columbia Gorge.
Chehalis, Washington
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“Interesting museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

The largest gallery in the museum is Harvesting Resources, which focuses on the timber and fishing industries in the Gorge. It also contains a waterfall. Four very large artifacts are on display.

Visited June 2013
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Tacoma, Washington
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“A work in progress...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

I read other reviews that praised this museum and heard great things about it. I was impressed with the building and location. However, I was not so impressed with the curation of the exhibits. It seemed to be a collection of a wide variety of historical artifacts, but difficult to make sense of it all in a linear fashion. They had a massive collection of rosary beads, but....why? Because someone donated them? I think it has a lot of potential and I'm guessing many volunteers have their hand in creating this lasting legacy. I'm wondering if someone is making the tough decisions about what gets displayed and how.

Visited May 2013
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Wichita, Kansas
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“Marching thru Carson”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Great museum and lots of cool history there - I loved the Lincoln School Room photo - lots of great artifacts

Visited March 2013
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“A little bit of everything for everyone.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We found this Interpretive Center in Stevenson, WA. Native American, logging, fishing, dam building, local culture, history and videos made a nice package. If you are a logging buff this is a great stop. A huge steam engine that is a century old will still turn over with the help of an electric motor. Watching it operate made my day and made me appreciate the old school way of getting things done.

Visited April 2013
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“Walking thru my 4th grader's history curriculum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

What a gem! It's like walking along with Lewis and Clark down the Oregon Trail! Full of NW history from the explorers, the fur traders, the Japanese that settled in the area, the Native Americans, the nearby missions, the local trades - this place has it all! Very interesting! If you have a 4 grader, this museum has exhibits for the entire curriculum. It was wonderful to be able to see everything we've been learning about in a text book! Great hands-on things to do to! It's $30 admission for a family and worth every penny! Do miss it!

Visited February 2013
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