The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center is the place to learn all about the millions of years of history of the Columbia Gorge. From the Native American tribes that once lived in the Gorge to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center highlights the unique culture and diverse history of the area. Here you will find many historical artifacts and exhibits including ones about Native American life, a 1800s working saw mill steam engine, a 37-foot high fish wheel and the world's largest rosary collection plus many more interpretive and educational items.
For the past forty million years, the Columbia Gorge has been an area of change, natural majesty and an example of the endurance of man. It is felt that the first indications of inhabitation in the Gorge were etched on the rock walls of the area thousands of years ago by early aborigine tribes. These early tribes drew physical and spiritual strength from the awe-inspiring Columbia Gorge. A visit to the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center Museum allows you to experience the past, relish the present and project the future of this beautiful area.