There are several museums in the Columbia River Gorge that are all worth a visit. They give you an inside look into the history of this incredible area, and you are bound to learn something new even if you have lived in the Gorge your entire life. From Native American and natural history to early settlers and the building of the Dam, these museums cover just about everything to do with the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

A few of the must-see museums include the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, that covers natural history from the Ice Age as well as settler history in the area.

Things to do in the Columbia River Gorge The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum
The Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center Museum contains natural and cultural history from Skamania County and the Columbia River Gorge, with a focus on the Native Americans who lived there. Photo courtesy: Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center Museum

Fort Dalles Museum, which has a collection of pioneer and military artifacts from the Old West is also worthy of visiting if you enjoy Northwest history.

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, which focuses on Native American History of the area, is near Skamania Lodge and the Bridge of the Gods so its easy to pair with other activities in the area.

And the Maryhill Museum of Art, which has an eclectic mix of art, gardens and a Stonehenge memorial.

Also stop by the Vista House, which is a piece of history itself and well worth a visit.

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