Did you know that some of the world’s most well-known historical events and art have happened and are located in the Columbia River Gorge? 

Tsagaglalal “She Who Watches”, a Wishram Native American community petroglyph, is known around the globe and is located less than 45 minutes from Stevenson, Washington. The Columbia Gorge Museum, which is located in Stevenson, Washington, has valuable information that you can read to learn more before you drive out to Horsethief Lake State Park to see it in person!

Have you ever heard of Sam Hill? As in, “What in the Sam Hill”? This wealthy businessman bought over 5,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge in the hopes of creating towns and commerce. He was a big influence in getting the Historic Columbia River Highway constructed and founded the Maryhill Museum of Art, but did not achieve his commerce dreams. 

These are just a few examples of the art and culture that we have in the Gorge. Yes, we are known for the water, the mountain, the breweries, the wine and the food. The options are truly endless when you visit us, but many are not aware of the abundance of history, art and culture located in our beautiful area. Keep reading to learn more!

Gorge Artist Open Studio


Don’t miss this Gorge-wide event on April 26-28!

This annual tour, now in its 18th year, features 45 local artist studios showcasing a diverse variety of work — from painting to ceramics, jewelry to textiles, woodworking to photography, metalwork to glass, basketry, quilting, sculpture, and more. Plan your studio adventure on their website. 

Columbia Gorge Museum


The Mission of the Columbia Gorge Museum is to assemble, collect, preserve, exhibit, and make available for future generations the historical data, information, and artifacts, obtained for the education and experience of the residents and visitors. Learn more on their website!

Maryhill Museum of Art


In 1907, Samuel Hill purchased 5,300 acres of land along the Columbia River with the dream of establishing a Quaker farming community. He formed the Maryhill Land Company, named after his daughter, and set about building a town. The village included a store and post office, a Quaker church, an inn, a blacksmith’s shop, and a stable. Learn more about Sam Hill and the Maryhill Museum of Art on their website. 

Live theater with Big Britches Productions “Rumors”


Prepare for an uproarious evening of laughter and chaos with Neil Simon’s timeless farce, ‘Rumors.’ Set against the backdrop of a glamorous dinner party hosted by a deputy mayor and his wife, the play takes a wild and unexpected turn, leading to a cascade of comedic misunderstandings and absurd situations. As the mystery unravels, so does the hilarity, making ‘Rumors’ a must-see theatrical experience that will leave you in stitches. Get your tickets today at their website! 

Carson Art Garage


The Carson Art Garage is a community of art and artists in a community renowned for natural beauty. The Columbia River Gorge is the home of every artist in the gallery. The Gorge inspires all community members and visitors alike. Learn more about the art gallery that is located in a 100-year-old garage at their website!

Community Art Studio of Skamania (CASS)


The Community Art Studio of Skamania is a registered nonprofit that provides supportive opportunities for individuals and families living in and around Skamania County to express themselves and connect with others through experiences of art-making, skill-sharing, and dialogue. Art supplies, art kits, and pop-up art-making opportunities are offered at no, or low cost in order to ensure that all members of the community – including those who are most marginalized – can take part. Learn more about this passionate nonprofit on their website! 

 Ready to come out and explore the Columbia River Gorge? Stevenson, Washington is the perfect basecamp for all of your history, cultural and art adventures! With multiple museums, historical landmarks and art studios, there are endless things to do once you arrive in Stevenson! And that’s just in town 🙂 Staying in the Gorge HQ means you’re only minutes from hikes, wineries, waterfalls, scenic drives, fishing, golfing and SO MUCH MORE! Plan your trip now!


*Image of Tsagaglalal is from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation*