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Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
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Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Stevenson
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Museum dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and interpretation of the cultural and natural history of Skamania County and the Columbia River Gorge.
Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

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.

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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!

Thank FritterPie
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

What a great addition to our wonderful get-away. The Center is on the Washington side just across the bridge from Cascade Locks (at the bottom of the road leading up to Skamania Lodge). It isn't too big to take an enormous amount of time, but filled with great information, artifacts, and fascinating facts about this area. There are a couple of short films that you either start yourself or are looping, so no need to work around their show times. It's well planned and organized, with lots of equipment to see outside as well. The staff is really knowledgeable and so welcoming! We really enjoyed our tour and think it was very worth our time.

This would be a great addition to a stay at Skamania, Hood River or Cascade Locks, or would just be a fun day trip for the family. We really encourage you to support this local business - it's well worth it!

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is a lively collection of artifacts, models, memorabilia and implements from the history of the Columbia River Gorge. The massive replica of a salmon-catching flywell contraption of the type that once dotted the river is worth the price of admission alone. Collection of Native American artifacts notable too. And who knew that the world's largest collection of Rosaries would be on display here. The Center has plenty for both adults & kids.

Thank John M
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Reviewed November 13, 2012 via mobile

The museum is 25 miles west of Hood River so it really isn't a Hood River attraction. That said it still was an amazing museum with fantastic displays and a great layout of the history of the gorge. To see a full size fishing wheel, World War I airplane and a great display of quilts from the 1800's. It was well worth the time to visit.

Thank Scott F
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