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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 »
Enjoyed the always unexpected collections, but wish I had done the Rodins first as we were hungry and a little tired by then, and didn't spend as much time with them as I would have wished.
Enjoyed the always unexpected collections, but wish I had done the Rodins first as we were hungry and a little tired by then, and didn't spend as much time with them as I would have wished. 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.
This was a wonderful museum. I would have loved to access the cafe, it was closed. I didn't see any maps on a wall or stand which would have helped ( the star ⭐ you are here, and where you could go next) we had a hand held map, but other maps to verify would be nice. You can take pictures but no flash photography. More places for fans or AC during the hot weather is needed.
I loved my visit here to see the Rodin exhibit but my favourite was the Chess sets room. Beautifully simple and stunning. Gorgeous drive through the Columbia Gorge about 90 minute from Kennewick. You won't be sorry if you go.
I've been to a few museums over the course of my life, but this is definitely one of my favorites. Definitely small, but the collections they have are of pure quality. Great selection of sculptures, paintings, other visual art, and even interactive exhibits such as a wall where you can draw your own painting and place it with those of other patrons'. I found a lot of lovely pictures to admire and had an excellent time walking around and trying to soak everything in. The exterior of the museum is also beautiful, with an even lovelier view outside. Service here was top-notch. Every single employee I came across here was friendly and helpful. Willing to talk, or leave you alone, depending on which you want. The security guard saw me circling around a couple of times, and had a short conversation with me to recommend what he thought was the best part of the museum, the ornate chess set collection, and I'm happy he told me about it. The Maryhill Museum of Art was an excellent deal. Prices for admission are surprisingly cheap! They also have a small gift shop that barely looked like a store, but at least had some knick-knacks and other art-related things that you can buy at reasonable prices. I was happy to provide them with a donation and I hope people will keep doing so for them to keep running, as it's an excellent and enriching service.
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