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Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum
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Come experience 15,000 years of history at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. Located in the middle of the National Scenic Area in Stevenson, Washington, the museum is ideally situated to interpret the natural and cultural history of this beautiful region.
The first floor introduces the culture of the First Peoples – the Cascade Chinook. The grand gallery compares the Native American technique of dip netting for fish with the mechanical device, the fishwheel. The massive Corliss steam engine and a 1921 Mack log truck stimulate interest in the history of the timber industry. Hanging in the grand gallery is a 1917 JN-4 Curtiss airplane, affectionately known as the “Jenny.” This type of plane was commonly used in mail deliveries, crop-dusting and daredevil stunts called barnstorming.
The mezzanine level emphasizes natural history with displays about geology, botany and entomology. An exciting explanation of the geological creation of the Gorge is presented in a 12-minute program in the main theater. The theater comfortably accommodates 45-60. The second floor galleries tell the stories of real people who left their mark on local communities and concludes with an eight-minute DVD program, a light-hearted approach to the past and the future of the Gorge. This theater seats 24.
Other exhibits to explore include: the Spiritual Quest Gallery, the Rosary Collection and outdoor exhibits, which include a diesel locomotive, cedar log carvings, logging equipment, a portion of the Broughton flume and an interpretive kiosk. There is also an art gallery that hosts a variety of temporary and changing exhibits. The museum store offers a selection of souvenirs, gifts, books and collectibles that pertain to the Gorge and the history and culture of the region.
Group reservations are required at least 24-48 hours in advance. The group rate is $6 per person for groups of 10 or more. Drivers and escorts are comped. Payment is accepted in the form of cash, check or credit cards. No deposit is required. Tours are generally 45-55 minutes in length and take place during the regular museum hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tour arrangements can also be made before or after regular hours upon request.
Passengers are picked up and dropped off at the front visitor entrance, and buses park in a designated bus area located on-site. Groups are greeted in the museum upon their arrival. You can contact the museum by phone at (800) 991-2338 or by e-mail at info@columbiagorge.org. For more information, visit columbiagorge.org or facebook.com/shewatches.

http://www.columbiagorge.org
(800) 991-2338
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