Located on a 70-acre site near the center of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, this 24,000 SF interpretive museum is dedicated to exhibiting the natural and cultural history of the region. The building is concrete, steel and glass.
The primary exhibit is based on a serpentine concrete wall that begins as a series of columns on the exterior. The wall then weaves its way through the heart of the museum. The widths vary in blocks from 14″ to 36″ while the heights vary from 10′ to 36′. A waterfall erupts from the face of the wall into a pool. Collectively the wall mimics the basalt cliffs seen throughout the Columbia Gorge.