Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
4.5
Speciality Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Happy LC
    3 contributions
    Comprehensive Museum
    The displays were a comprehensive collection of people, technology, and history. The staff was informative and excited to share the workings of the exhibits. We have visited this area multiple times, first time attending the museum, The architecture drew us in and the exhibits kept us entertained throughout the afternoon.
    Written September 17, 2022
  • Sungron
    Lacey, Washington986 contributions
    Interesting and Educational
    The tour started with a movie on the history and a docent's explanation of the operation of an old Columbia River fishing Wheel. There is a variety of exhibits including Native American, Asian, and the world's largest collection of rosaries. I noticed in the Asian section that a statue mislabeled Buddha was actually Hotei, the god of good luck and happiness. All in all, a nice place to stop over
    Written September 11, 2020
  • Carl R
    Portland, Oregon672 contributions
    Most excellent
    First class and we’ll worth the $10.00 admission fee. The gorge itself is the star of the show. From geology to Native Americans, pioneers, up to the present day. Artifacts, machines, 2 short movies, gift shop, and very friendly and helpful workers/ volunteers. If you are new to the gorge and find yourself on the relatively untraveled north side, this is a don’t-miss experience.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2021
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Gabe H
Northern Virginia, VA169 contributions
Sep 2021
Good museum, with interesting artifacts from various collections. Not super well organized, as in not a major overall theme, more a separate set of collections. Should be interesting for children 6 or 7+. If coming from Portland, recommend driving on the Washington state (highway 14) side one way and the Oregon side (I-84) the other.
Written September 9, 2021
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Bev & Jerry
Bluffton, SC286 contributions
Jun 2022
Will preface this review by saying we aren’t “museum” people, but rather like the experience of the all outdoors. This museum has some nice informative historical exhibits, but we wouldn’t go out of our way (it's in Stevenson, WA) to visit it. Highlights for us were the short movie, the large collection of rosaries (including one owned by Jack Kennedy), the Eagle Creek Fire display, and an exhibit of antique hand-stitched quilts.
Written July 12, 2022
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828TJA
Everett, WA327 contributions
Jun 2022
Friendly helpful staff. Interesting realia on local history and culture. Loved walking through the ancient machinery next to the main building.

Be aware that the center's entrance is far from the highway. Yes, there is a sign where the road turns off but it doesn't say the center isn't right there. They need a sign saying the entrance is way down the road. We had to consult our phone to see if we had driven by it.

The film needs captions for the hearing impaired.
Written July 1, 2022
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onlinemsu
Hillsboro, OR20 contributions
Mar 2021
Nice place to learn the history of Columbia Gorge. Lady at the front desk was courteous. Good option to consider especially if it is raining outside. Had the theater experience after 1 year during pandemic !!
Written March 23, 2021
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hornbender
Georgia124 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
Perhaps because we were staying across the river in Oregon, but it took us three days to find out about this wonderful place. I think we were the only visitors when we went, and I just don't understand why. I learned more about the area here than anywhere else. The exhibits were well displayed, and there were so many of them! The large items, such as the huge steam engine, were impressive. I think this should be listed with attractions for the Cascade Locks area, but perhaps the fault was mine in using the AAA travelbook for Oregon, and it ignores things in Washington, even if less than two miles away. This is worth the admission, and we got both AAA and Senior discounts! I will honestly admit that I don't know if there are concession snacks as we were there no where near a meal time.
Written April 17, 2014
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phirl
Oregon8,777 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
We just spent two nights in Hood River. One thing we did was visit the Col Gorge Interp Center. We have spent time in Gorge, but first time to this place. We even stayed at Skamania Lodge a couple years ago and did not visit.

Entertainment Book has a coupon for on free entry after a paid entry. So we took that along. We left Hood River about 1:30 Thurs crossed to Wash side and ad we headed for Stevenson saw this terrible black cloud down the Gorge. Pretty soon we ran into it, so drove over half way in a driving rainstorm.

We pretty much has Center to ourselves. So wife could fiddle her way along through the many exhibits. It is very well done and wife really liked it. Some of the equipment was interesting to me like the huge pump, the 1915 or so Mack truck, and the fish wheels. They were full size, not to replicas.

During my work life with Forest Service spent many hours in the Gorge, mostly on roads and other facilities. Center was in final planning stages then but not built till after I retired. so was glad to finally see it. I think they did a very good job of telling story of the Gorge.
Written October 24, 2014
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Jim P
Stevenson, WA2 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
This place is fantastic! Much more than just a museum, it has well-designed displays with careful attention to detail. It's not just a collection of artifacts, but rather a world-class way to tell the story of the Columbia River Gorge. The short movie on the geology of the gorge is fun and informative. Be sure to ask for a demonstration of the working, 3-story-tall replica fishwheel. Amazing! Friendly staff. Well worth the $10 entry fee ($8 for seniors).
Written April 16, 2014
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FamilyFunFor3
Cottonwood, CA38 contributions
On our trip through the Columbia River Gorge, we visited four museums. This was the only one I would not recommend.

It had a beautiful building and a few interesting exhibits, but that's all. The exhibits sounded impressive when the front desk rattled them off. But they were simply a few items and labels. There was no story of people and how or why these things were used. There was nothing to carry you from one exhibit to another, except boredom.

And everything seemed oddly unrelated. One airplane, chinese artifacts, collection of rosaries, a few quilts. We spent about half an hour there and it was about 15 minutes too much.
Written March 27, 2009
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UWFan53
Seattle, WA70 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
The recreation of a fish wheel and the old logging equipment are very interesting. A couple of short videos give a history of the gorge
Written June 24, 2019
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Kelly G
Eastvale, CA5 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
We had not planned to see this museum, but last minute decided what the heck. We really enjoyed it. There was so much to see. We ended up spending at least an hour, if not two. There are two floors, stuff to see outside, the building itself is amazing and inside they have this beautiful water fall. I would HIGHLY recommend visiting the Center.
Written May 17, 2015
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