The Museum Store offers a variety of merchandise perfect for souvenirs or gifts commemorating special occasions such as anniversaries or birthdays. The store is known for its wide selection of Pacific Northwest history titles, especially those that focus on local and Gorge history. Subjects include exploration, Native American culture, Gorge geology and botany. Postcards of the Gorge and exhibits, note cards and stationery provide a great way to stay connected with family and friends at home.
Local artists are encouraged to display their work in the store. The pieces include painted and carved gourds, metal wall sculpture, framed and matted oils, watercolors, block prints and faux petroglyphs. Gorge artists also display work in the short term gallery, which changes on a three- to four-month cycle. The store provides a shipping service if your selection won’t fit in the suitcase. A small portion of every sale benefits Museum education programs, new exhibits and operation.
If you are looking for handmade textiles or quilted pieces, you won’t be disappointed. Quilted items include small blankets, hot pads and placemats. Fabric items also include toys. (By the way, age-appropriate toys include stuffed animals, puppets, books, pencil sharpeners and miniature prehistoric animals.)
Who can resist a tee shirt, coffee mug, magnet or another ball cap? Depending on the time of year, sweatshirts are also available. Among the novelties, look for huckleberry jam or syrup, apple-scented hand lotion, trail mixes, chocolate covered cherries and old-fashion rock candies.
The inventory in the Museum is a reflection of the mission statement – to preserve and protect the history of Skamania County and the Columbia River Gorge. It is worth your time to come check it out. We take pride in being friendly, personal and helpful.