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Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

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Address: 990 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA 98648
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+1 800-991-2338
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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A Gem of a Museum

A great museum to learn more about the gorge - how the area was formed by nature and by settlers. Additionally, there is equipment outside the museum that looks very interested... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great museum to learn more about the gorge - how the area was formed by nature and by settlers. Additionally, there is equipment outside the museum that looks very interested but we weren't able to see due to the winter weather. We'll definitely go back again this spring!

Thank KCrewtravels
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178 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We backtracked to get here( saw signs but got lost) Think it was worth the backtrack Interesting film and artifacts Especially enjoyed looking at & reading about the flying Jenny plane as well as about the salmon

Thank jennyseinert
Colorado visitor
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

This museum is well worth the stop. It gives a comprehensive history of the gorge and its people. Well worth the visit.

Thank kepad
Ventura, CA
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112 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

We stopped here on our way into Skamania Lodge. It was about 18.000 for two with AAA discount. The place has a lot of local history and they did a nice job explaining the history of the area. I like supporting places like this and hope future visitors continue making a place like the Interpretive Center a stop amongst their... More 

Thank tim805
Olympia, WA
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit to gain a deep appreciation of the natural and cultural history of the lower Columbia River area. Even more special because the museum is located right in the heart of the area it focuses upon. A visit lasting a couple of hours is probably plenty for most people. Don't miss if in the... More 

Thank Jshrcougar
Wetherby, United Kingdom
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319 reviews
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

For anyone who has any interest in the geology, the history, the people or economy of the Columbia Gorge, visiting this excellent center is a must

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Omaha, Nebraska
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215 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

This museum is a bit out of the way--we saw it when we were on a sternwheeler cruise the day before. This museum tells a lot of the story of the Pacific Northwest--its history, the industries, settlement, etc. Lots of interesting items to see here. Don't miss this!

Thank Rhonda C
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7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I took a visitor here during a day trip of the Columbia Gorge. It's a smallish museum that you can tour in about an hour to learn about the history of the area, including about Native American history. Worthwhile for history buffs. Nicely done displays.

Thank 819SarahB
Minnespolis, MN
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

We were enjoying the Columbia River Gorge drive: east on Washington 14 and then west on historic 30 in Oregon. Near the Bridge of the Gods where we crossed from Washington into Oregon we noticed our Frommer Guide recommended this museum. Since we had been in the car for a while we decided to stop and stretch our legs and... More 

Thank MinneapolisTourist
Kennewick, Washington
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place was recommended to us by some friends since we were staying at the local lodge resort. Wasn't quite sure what to expect. It was a truly exceptional place with lots of history of the Columbia Gorge. The artifacts were well preserved and the way they sat the story line up, anyone could follow along as far as timelines... More 

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