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“Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center”

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
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Full Day Multnomah Falls and Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Stevenson
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Waldport, Oregon
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198 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Visited the CGIC in Stevenson, WA and was very impressed with the size and scope of their collection and replicas of artifacts which depicted both the human and industrial history of this area. The displays are very well done and lend themselves to providing a very strong learning experience, from machinery used in logging, fishing and the railroad industry as well as a one-of-a-kind collection of rosaries and other rare furniture items from unique collectors.
Great for older children and adults who wish to learn about the culture of the area.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Eye-on-ocean
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6 reviews
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“A worthwhile place to stop”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

We stopped and walked through both floors of this museum. I was surprised by the content a bit - I expected more about the building of the gorge then about indians or rosary beads. Still was worth it!

Visited May 2014
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Vancouver, Washington
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Take the Kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center just west of Stevenson, Washington is a great place to take the kids for the afternoon or just a few hours. We try to take our grand kids as often as we can and they all enjoy it. They learn something new on each of our trips there. Go to Stevenson for lunch as there are some nice and interesting places to eat there.

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“A Jewel overlooked”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

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.

Visited April 2014
4 Thank hornbender
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Stevenson, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Truly a surprise gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

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).

Visited March 2014
3 Thank Jim P
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