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Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The hard-to-get interpretation of Columbia River Gorge phenomena

This interpretive center tells the hard-to-get stories of the formation and cultural aspects of the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Portland, Oregon
A pleasant surprise

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the displays in this museum and wished we had had... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Heather A
British Columbia, Canada
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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
990 SW Rock Creek Dr, Stevenson, WA 98648-4404
+1 800-991-2338
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All reviews steam engine fish wheel early settlers native americans lewis and clark indian artifacts white settlers very interesting museum natural history rosary beads salmon fishing short film worth the entry fee skamania lodge well worth the stop on display two hours
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This interpretive center tells the hard-to-get stories of the formation and cultural aspects of the Columbia River Gorge.

Thank curioustraveler406
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the displays in this museum and wished we had had longer than an hour before it closed to look at it all, but two hours would probably have been long enough. The displays tell the story of...More

Thank Heather A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating smaller museum dedicated to telling the stories about the river, its peoples, and the progression of progress in the area. I especially liked the huge steam engine display and working example of a fish wheel. Who knew... Anyway, if you are in the area...More

Thank FlyAZ2012
Reviewed August 25, 2018

This was our second trip to the center and our 9 yr old grandson's first. He really enjoyed it, more that the Museum at the Dalles for sure. Of course the large machinery caught his attention! I love the building and the space just as...More

Thank Chicogirl2015
Reviewed August 19, 2018

Took our kids to the county fair, then decided to stop in at the museum on the way out of town. What a pleasant and enjoyable place! Staff was very helpful and friendly, giving the children a scavenger hunt page to help them interact with...More

Thank adobebeach
Reviewed August 18, 2018

We learned so much about the area. The museum is small, so you really only need a couple of hours to tour. But, it is packed full of information on the area, including Mt St Helens and the fire of 2017. Our teens enjoyed the...More

Thank TX_1234Austin_TX
Reviewed August 2, 2018

This museum is very worth your while. It had an amazing collection of historical things. The theater shows a wonderful movie about the creation of the Gorge. I learned quite a bit about the area that I didn't know. 3 stories of exhibits. Well worth...More

Thank dawn v
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous museum on the Columbia Gorge outlining the life and history of the Gorge. Lots of interactive exhibits and tons of great info. Fun for the whole family.

Thank Amy W
Reviewed July 11, 2018

Both the inside and outside exhibits are worthwhile. Who knew that the Bonneville Dam needed protection during WWII? This place has the worlds largest collection of Rosaries, Quilts from the 1880's and lots of other area specific displays that were very interesting. Access was part...More

Thank Rick Z
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

This visit was included in a vacation package and this center has all together. The displays are well laid out, the theater is very informative, the steam power engine is something to behold. This is a must place when in this area.

Thank gramps3421
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