Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum

Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum brings to life the human stories and natural history of one our nation’s most compelling landscapes. After seeing the Gorge with your own eyes, the Museum tells the story of millions of years of geologic history and the people who have inhabited this region. See the 37-foot-high fish wheel in the Grand Gallery, walk through the replica of a trading post, view ancient stone tools from the Cascade Chinook people, or watch a video on how the Gorge was formed.

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum is dedicated to preserving the tangible pieces of our shared humanity, often as fragile as life itself.  Complementing the descriptive text panels, volunteers present living history characterizations, tell stories and legends, provide lectures and programs on a variety of topics, assist with hands-on activities, demonstrate hand crafts and serve as guides.  It is a gathering place for community events and celebrations, often offering a unique setting for art and music that feeds the soul of participants.

  • ADA Accessible
  • Fee Required
  • Interpretive Signage
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Visitor Center on Site

Our Roots

The Central Cascades has seven themes that help to define the character of the region. This location is an example of Our Roots. Here are more locations that exemplify this theme:

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