Arts and Culture

Art in the Gorge

Georgette Jones, Red Flower. Oil on panel.

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While in the Columbia Gorge visit these other art venues:

Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River, OR
Golden Art Gallery, Goldendale WA
Gorge Artists Open Studios
The Dalles Art Center, The Dalles, OR
Westwind Gallery, The Dalles, OR
White Salmon Glassworks, White Salmon, WA

In addition, selected artists from the Columbia Gorge region are featured at the annual Maryhill Art Festival.


Regional Museums

Klickitat County, Washington

Besides Maryhill Museum of Art, Klickitat County is home to three other fascinating museums worth your time to visit.

Presby Mansion
Klickitat County Historical Society Museum

Presby Mansion and the Klickitat County Historical Society is located at the Presby Mansion in Goldendale, and operates it as a museum. The Presby Mansion was built in 1902, and the Society has filled its 3 floors with furniture, clothing, utensils, and personal effects from the 1880s through the 1930s. The museum has a small research library containing county records, photographs, cemetery burial lists and various publications. Located on the museum grounds is a Carriage House which will be used to exhibit antique farm machinery and a pioneer school house. The School House typifies a turn-of-the-century one-room school.

The Presby Mansion is located at 127 West Broadway, and is open daily April 1 thru October 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their telephone number is 509 773-4303.

Gorge Heritage Museum

The Gorge Heritage Museum is operated by the West Klickitat County Historical Society. Located in former Bingen Congregational Church it is open from late-May through September. Tours are available by appointment all year. The museum’s displays include many items relating to the early history of this area, many on loan from local families. Display-cases showcase pioneer clothing, household implements, logging and farming tools, medical and surgical equipment, historical documents, newspapers, and Native American artifacts and crafts. Displays include a history of the SDS Lumber Company and of nearby Broughton Lumber. Also included is a photographic journey into the construction of near-by Condit Dam on the White Salmon River.

The museum is located at 202 E. Humboldt Street in Bingen, Washington.

Lyle Twin Bridges Museum

The Lyle Twin Bridges Museum, located off of SR-14 in Lyle, opened in the summer of 2007. The focus of their collection is the Lyle area. The museum is currently open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. during October and November or call 509 365-0060 to make an appointment to visit at other times. Their collection consists of photographs, newspaper articles, Lyle and Lyle School histories, mementos and other memorabilia.

Columbia Gorge Museums

The Columbia River Gorge had a large number of cultural organizations and museums highlighting the cultural and natural history of the Columbia River Gorge. Highlights by county and state include—

The essence of the WAAAM museum – A 1927 Ford Model T and the 1917 Curtiss JN4d Jenny Serial #001 is one of the very rare and very original antique aircraft owned and operated by the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) located in Hood River, Oregon is also home to many rare aircraft and automobiles.

Hood River County, Oregon
Hood River County Museum 
Jesse and Winifred Hutson Museum
Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM)

Sherman County, Oregon
Sherman County Historical Museum

Wasco County, Oregon
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Fort Dalles Museum
Old St. Peter’s Landmark Preservation, Inc.
Original Wasco County Courthouse
Wonderworks Children’s Museum
Rorick House
Dufur Historical Museum

Skamania County, Washington
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

Native American Museums
and Cultural Centers in the Region

The Native American communities of the Columbia River Gorge have lived on this land for more than 10,000 years. Their history and cultural is beautifully presented at three nearby tribal museums all within a 2 hour drive of Maryhill Museum of Art.

Yakama Nation Museum and Cultural Heritage Center
Museum at Warm Springs
Tamástslikt Cultural Institute


Other museums may be found at the Oregon Museums Association website where Oregon museums are listed by region.