Located in Goldendale, the Maryhilll Museum was first opened in 1940. Back then, Time Magazine called it “the world’s most isolated art museum.” Today it is a popular stop in southern Washington for thousands of travelers each year.With over 5,000 acres of property, the museum has ample room for several contrasting exhibits, both permanent and seasonal.
When visiting the property, guests can take a walk through the William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park, or to the Lewis and Clark Overlook which is an official site on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
History of their Stonehenge
There is also a native plant garden to enjoy, or one can take a gander at Sam Hill’s (the original founder) full-sized replica of Stonehenge. Dedicated in 1918, and finished eleven years later in 1929, it is a representation of those who died in the first World War. “The dedication plaque reads as: “In memory of the soldiers of Klickitat County who gave their lives in defense of their country. This monument is erected in the hope that others inspired by the example of their valor and their heroism may share in that love of liberty and burn with that fire of patriotism which death can alone quench.”
How the museum began
Originally intended to be Sam Hill’s mansion back in 1907, it was then turned into the present-day museum with his own art collection. Today visitors can check out one of the ten permanent indoor collections. For example, there is a Native American Gallery, and a portion of Queen Marie of Romania’s personal collection dating back to the 1800’s that she donated on a visit to the museum.
Visiting with children
If you’re planning to visit with small children, the museum offers different activities for each member of the family. Preschoolers can enjoy story times, run around on the expansive grounds, or visit the hands-on exploratory room. Each month they offer different programs, so make sure to check out their website in advance!
Open March 15th to November 15th, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. adults can enter for $9, 7-18 year olds for $3 and children 6 and under can enter for free. Throughout the season, the museum offers “special admission programs offering free admission.” For the complete list, click here.
The Maryhill Museum can be made into a complete day trip, beginning with a nice stroll on the property, continuing inside to the exhibits and ending with a trip to their Loie’s: The Museum Café. Once finished at the museum, one may visit one of the surrounding wineries, or hiking trails.
All images shown were used with permission from The Maryhill Museum of Art