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Housed in a glorious Beaux Arts mansion on 5,300 acres high above the Columbia River, Maryhill Museum of Art opened to the public May 13, 1940 and today remains one of the Pacific Northwest’s most enchanting cultural destinations. The museum was founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, who purchased the property and began building the house with dreams of establishing a Quaker farming community. When that goal proved untenable, Hill was encouraged by friends Loie Fuller, Queen Marie of Romania, and Alma de Bretteville Spreckles to establish a museum.Use our Goldendale trip planner to add Maryhill Museum of Art and other attractions to your Goldendale vacation plans.
Maryhill Museum of Art boasts a world-class permanent collection, rotating exhibitions of the highest caliber, and dynamic educational programs that provide opportunities for further exploration by visitors of all ages. On view are more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d'art from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, and the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, featuring small-scale mannequins attired in designer fashions of post-World War II France. Baskets of the indigenous people of North America were a collecting interest of Hill; today the museum’s Native American collection represents nearly every tradition and style in North America, with works of art from prehistoric through contemporary.
Maryhill’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden features more than a dozen large-scale works by Northwest artists. The Maryhill Overlook is a site-specific sculpture by noted Portland architect Brad Cloepfil; nearby are Lewis and Clark interpretive panels. Four miles east of Maryhill is a life-sized replica of Stonehenge, Stonehenge Memorial, which Sam Hill built to memorialize local men who perished in World War I. Nearby, the Klickitat County War Memorial honors those who have died in the service of their country since World War I.
The museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In 2001 the museum was listed as an official site of the National Historic Lewis and Clark Trail and in 2002 was accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Maryhill Museum of Art reviews
A lovely museum with great exhibits. Rodin, Native American Arts, French fashion dolls. Also chess sets, may sound weird for a museum but very interesting & entertaining. Unique jewelry, amazing...
A lovely museum with great exhibits. Rodin, Native American Arts, French fashion dolls. Also chess sets, may sound weird for a museum but very interesting & entertaining. Unique jewelry, amazing... more »
What a find this was. The Maryhill museum of art was superb. So many different expects of art are on show here. You can easily spend a few hours looking around. The views from the terrace is also...
What a find this was. The Maryhill museum of art was superb. So many different expects of art are on show here. You can easily spend a few hours looking around. The views from the terrace is also... more »
This museum is deceptively LARGE... there is so much more here than I expected from the outside. I was impressed with the number of artists and subjects covered as well as the amount of entertaining historical facts available, it was a wonderful, entertaining experience. We enjoyed ourselves wandering all 3 levels of the building and then sat on one of the benches overlooking the river and had a picnic. This is a highly recommended destination.
The setting for this museum is amazing high on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River with great Mt. Hood views. I particularly enjoyed the outdoor areas with the sculptures and interpretive area. I wish the cafe were open on our visit as it would have been great to hang out on the lower terrace with refreshments.
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