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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
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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
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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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Great hidden Gem

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Portland, United States
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Portland, United States
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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Thank Amy P
Aurora, Ohio
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410 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is good, but pales in comparison to the Columbia Discovery Center in the Dalles with respect to interpretation of the river. One of the most interesting displays is the giant fish wheel which was used for commercial fishing of salmon in the late 19th century and contributed to the dramatic reduction of salmon population. There is a large... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful facility, the exhibits, bathroom, parking, movie theater and gift shop. Learned a lot about the area. Indian exhibits are especially moving. Beautifully preserved and reconditioned logging equipment. AAA discount and discount for students and seniors. Indoor waterfall. Carved fir tree totems. Largest collection of rosaries.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

We learned many things about the local history. Well maintained and interesting. Something for all ages and interests to enjoy. Informative film about how the Columbia gorge was formed. Glad we took time to walk through this interpretive center.

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Portland, OR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

We visited this museum on our mini-honeymoon. It was filled with great artifacts from our area. I can't believe we didn't know this place existed. We will definitely be taking our future out of town guests here on their visits. The staff was really nice too.

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