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Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum

990 SW Rock Creek Dr., Stevenson

One-Day Admission for Two to Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum (Up to Half Off)

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Museum tells the story of Columbia Gorge from the viewpoint of both 19th century pioneers and the Chinook people who lived there long before

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Danielle
9 ratings3 reviews
3 days ago
Exceeded my expectations. Informative and lovely exhibits. Well taken care for museum.
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FRANCIS
3 ratings2 reviews
October 9, 2020
Very interesting exhibits, well laid out, and in a beautiful setting
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LisaTOP REVIEWER
29 ratings9 reviews
September 5, 2020
Well maintained facility. If you are a museum lover, you will like it. Nothing too exciting though.
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Darren
1 ratings1 reviews
September 3, 2020
What a cool museum. Not too big and even good for kids.
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Kristen
1 ratings1 reviews
August 26, 2020
It was nice for something to do while we are at skamania lodge. Would I tell someone to come here? no. but for a museum that you didn't know about, it's pretty good quality.
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Kathy
1 ratings1 reviews
September 24, 2020
First floor had outstanding interpretive exhibits of indigenous life in the Gorge, and early life of white settlers. The exhibits are beautiful and thoughtfully created. The second floor was less rewarding, more of a series of collections of unrelated items.
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Stormy
2 ratings1 reviews
August 28, 2020
What a great place to spend an afternoon. Good information about the Columbian Gorge. We will visit again.
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DianeTOP REVIEWERHELPFUL REVIEWER
12 ratings8 reviews
August 12, 2020
It is a nice place to visit and very well arranged. Personally though, I am seeking greater education and more understanding of the Native American Indian cultures that were eradicated from these lands as pioneers made their way west. And although they have a small tribute area to the native tribes here I would have hoped for more. It gets a bit tiring to spend time absorbing the short history of white man and highlighting them as the hero's when so many indigenous peoples were slaughtered, rounded up and removed from the lands they had lived on for thousands of years. I had high hopes that this museum would provide better and greater information on that subject. In saying that if you like pioneer history then they provided plenty of that!
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About This Deal

History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance you’ll get run over by another war elephant. Learn from the past with this voucher.

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  • $10 for one-day admission for two (up to a $20 value)

Membership benefits include free admission, a 15% discount at the museum store, a subscription to the museum newsletter.

Need To Know

Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Must activate by expiration date on voucher; membership expires 12 days from activation date. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift(s). May be repurchased every 30 days. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum

Two great eyes keep lookout over the residents of the Columbia Gorge. Her name means "She Who Watches," and Tsagaglalal has been watching the land transform for centuries. According to Wishram legend, she was once chief of all who lived in the region, and she preferred to govern from high on the cliff side where she could look out over everything. One day Coyote came to her. Soon, he predicted, women would no longer be able to be chiefs, even though she was a good leader who taught the people to live well. She wished to stay where she was, forever, and Coyote granted her wish in his trickster way by turning her to stone.

Like Tsagaglalal, the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum strives to keep watch over the area by acting as a steward to the gorge's natural and cultural history, which stretches back 40 million years. So it was that Wishram spokesman Nelson Moses dedicated Tsagaglalal's spirit to the museum in 1987, and granted permission for the organization to use Tsagaglalal's image as their logo.

Being less than 1 hour away from Portland, visitors to the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum can explore the region's entire 15,000-year history, starting with the First Peoples exhibit which is dominated by a replica of the Tsagaglalal petroglyph. In the exhibit Clahclehlah and the Corridor of Commerce, a less familiar perspective of American history becomes clear as the tale of Lewis and Clark is told through the oral history of a Native American village the explorers visited in 1805 and 1806. Early Changes takes the form of a dry goods store circa 1907, and Transportation covers the history of the SP&S Railroad, the development of Highway 8, and the era of the sternwheeler. Outdoors, visitors can find cedar log carvings, vintage logging equipment, and a diesel locomotive. Visitors especially enjoy the McCord Fishwheel and the giant Corliss Steam Engine.