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Official Interpretive Center of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

See our Current Exhibitions & Events:


Featuring 39 Gorge-themed art quilts hand-stitched by fifteen local artists, this exhibition unveils the most recent work from members of Beyond the Block: Art Quilters of the Gorge.

With fabric and thread, the artists tell stories and convey their impressions of the Gorge in all its wildness, beauty and majesty. From haunting spirits of native memories and charred remains of wildfires, to spectacular vista and breathtaking sunsets in a landscape teeming with wildflowers and wildlife, this collection delivers a captivating experience of this place. 

This Exhibition will be coming down on June 16, 2024. It’s your last chance to purchase one of these spectacular art quilts made by local artists. View the exhibition, included with admission.


Big River – Resilience and Renewal in the Columbia Basin
Wednesday, June 19.
Doors open 5:30, program at 6 pm
Meet photographer David Moskowitz and author Eileen Delehanty Pearkes.
Join a panel discussion including
Yakama Tribal member Lucille Begay, and Ubaldo Hernández, Comunidades Executive Director.

“Wildfire: the Art of Ann Ruttan”
Exhibition runs June 21-August 18, 2024
Artist Reception Thursday, June 27, 5:30-7:30 pm

Solar Saturday
Saturday, June 22, 10 am to 12 pm
View the surface of the sun through a sun-safe telescope, with Bob Yoesle and Billy O’Keefe
Free outdoor event (weather permitting)

“We Believe—Sasquatch in the Columbia River Gorge”
in partnership with the North American Bigfoot Center
August 22 to December 31, 2024

Raptor Programs:

Join our weekly public raptor presentations every Thursday – Sunday at 11 am. Our raptor educators share about these fascinating birds and take you on a visit to see our bald eagles, Liberty and Ferguson, in their enclosure.
Not able to make it? You can still view the bald eagles on our Live Raptor Cam during regular museum hours.

Saturday Spinners:

Members of the Northwest Weavers Guild and Northwest Regional Spinners Association will be here most Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm demonstrating traditional weaving and spinning in the River Gallery. Join them to give it a try and discuss the past and current role of sheep ranching, wool production, and fiber arts in the region. 

Riverfront Trail:

Our scenic and historic Riverfront Trail is always open dawn to dusk and we encourage you to enjoy the trails.
We require pets to be on leashes, for their safety and yours.
Remember: Not all dogs are friendly when confronted with an unleashed animal. It triggers “Stranger Danger” instincts.
Please continue to clean up after your pets.

Open Daily: 9 am to 5 pm

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