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Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

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Address: 990 SW Rock Creek Dr, Stevenson, WA 98648-4404
Phone Number: 18009912338
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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Wow! Had no idea this caliber of museum would be in such an out of the way place!

This place was recommended to us by some friends since we were staying at the local lodge resort. Wasn't quite sure what to expect. It was a truly exceptional place with lots of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Kennewick, Washington
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Kennewick, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place was recommended to us by some friends since we were staying at the local lodge resort. Wasn't quite sure what to expect. It was a truly exceptional place with lots of history of the Columbia Gorge. The artifacts were well preserved and the way they sat the story line up, anyone could follow along as far as timelines... More 

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Naches, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a lot of really interesting local history at this museum. If you are unfamiliar with the region then this is a must. They also had a film about the origin of the area geographically that was really well done and informative. They had some local artists works for sale at the gift shop and reasonable prices which made... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Do visit this Center - it's filled with surprises and fascinating displays. You'll learn about the history of the Columbia Gorge area and gain genuine appreciation for the wonders of this special area.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great little Interpretive Center/Museum. Great and informative displays, photos, and exhibits including a fully restored Curtiss "Jenny" bi-plane! Worth another visit next time we're up the Gorge!

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Portland, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the diamond in the rough for our visit. We had a catered dinner here and the food and atmosphere were amazing. This little 'museum' has some very large scale working artifacts and the exhibits are very well done. You have great views of the river and you can catch a train driving by every so often. I'd highly... More 

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Fairview, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rainy day became enjoyable with the visit to the interpretive center. There were informative exhibits providing historical information about Skamania County and the Columbia Gorge. The large fish wheel in motion and the fabulous steam engine captured my attention. I was amazed to learn that the steam engine powered a huge iron wheel with ropes woven from manila fiber.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were impressed by the extensive Native American collection. This museum is a good size too - not too overwhelming. We went early on a Saturday and it was quiet. Also lots of great history since white settlement in the area.

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Aurora, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

This Interpretive Center is very modern, very well done and easy to visit if you have limited time. A lot of information is presented within a very limited amount of floor space. For those interested in salmon, the 30' high fish wheel is a very vivid example of how one could clean out a river of salmon with this machine.... More 

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Beavercreek, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

So we had some time to kill while waiting to go zip lining so we decided to go through this center. We usually enjoy small museums , this one is small and does not have too much to see. Kind of spendy for what it is. It is small and you can cover it In a fairly short time. The... More 

Thank start2day
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Awesome museum for the whole family. We spent a couple of hours here learning about everything from the geological forces that formed the gorge and the Columbia Basin(fascinating!) to the native Americans living in the area to the early settlers and developers of the region. Huge scale exhibits including a replica fishing machine, giant steam engine, bi-plane (all indoors) as... More 

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