Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale

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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.

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.
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  • A very unexpected pleasant surprise this museum is! Located in the middle of nowhere with a spectacular view, unique architecture and outstanding art collection, my initial reaction was that of... 
    A very unexpected pleasant surprise this museum is! Located in the middle of nowhere with a spectacular view, unique architecture and outstanding art collection, my initial reaction was that of...  more »
  • I promise you, this place is far better than you’re thinking. Some little rinky-dink outfit in the middle of nowhere, is what I always assumed. But no, it’s pretty darn cool—both the building and... 
    I promise you, this place is far better than you’re thinking. Some little rinky-dink outfit in the middle of nowhere, is what I always assumed. But no, it’s pretty darn cool—both the building and...  more »
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  • Interesting different types of paintings. I thought the exhibit about the French clothing designers using marionettes to show off their latest fashions was amazingly creative after the war when materials were in short supply. I also liked the native American cultural displays that showed the hand crafted tools and items they made from various regions for use in their daily lives. And last but not least I enjoyed looking at all the various different types of Chess ♟️ pieces.
  • What an oasis of culture along the magnificent Columbia River! Maryhill may not have the most expansive collection of artwork, but they have some of the finest quality work from many genres and historical periods that I have seen anywhere! And their education director, Lou Palermo, continues to inspire artists, educators, and the larger community with unique and captivating shows and her brain children, the Exquisite Gorge projects! I live 250 miles away and have made Maryhill Museum ongoing stopovers to Portland, and many times very worthwhile destination trips in themselves.

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