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Host Amid Artworks in Columbia River Gorge Wine Country

The Maryhill Museum of Art is set on 5,300 acres of land in southern Washington wine country overlooking the Columbia River and features an array of stunning exhibits and memorable event spaces

By Amanda Christensen

Opened on March 15 on the banks of the Columbia River in Goldendale, Washington, the Maryhill Museum of Art displays an impressive selection of both permanent collections and galleries, and rotating exhibitions featuring works from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The museum is just 45 minutes east of Hood River, Oregon, and nearly two hours from both Portland, Oregon; and Yakima, Washington. In addition to the sprawling array of artworks to explore, Maryhill also offers a modest batch of indoor and outdoor spaces for planners to host events.

Outdoor cocktail hour setup at Maryhill Museum of Art. March 18, 2024
Outdoor cocktail hour setup || Photo by Stormi Rhodes

“Maryhill’s 2024 changing exhibitions focus on the many facets of the identity of the mighty Columbia River, visually chronicling some of the human behaviors that shape its daily life, both past and present,” says Amy Behrens, director and CEO of the museum. “Countless generations of people have depended on the river and the land along its banks for sustenance, recreation, and commerce.” In company with these regional works, visitors will also see pieces from around the world—including sculptures by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, the historic Theatre de la Mode fashion exhibit, and more.

View of Mount Hood in Oregon from Maryhill Museum of Art || Photo by Stormi Rhodes

For groups, available event spaces include the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center, which features capacity for up to 100 attendees standing; the outdoor Cannon Power Plaza overlooking the Columbia River, available for groups up to 150; the Grand Lawn for up to 500; the William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park; Stonehenge Memorial; and more. Rentals are available year-round with potential restrictions in January and February due to inclement weather in the area.

“With its expansive grounds, breathtaking views, and gorgeous buildings, Maryhill Museum of Art makes an unforgettable event setting for corporate events, weddings, and other special events,” says Behrens. “I’d also like to share that for tour groups visiting in the daytime who don’t want to plan a full event rental, we offer guided group tours with an experienced staff visitor guide. These must be scheduled in advance as well and include a comprehensive overview of the collections or a deep dive into a particular collection. Tour groups can add lunch—with or without local wine and beer.”

Tented event dining at Maryhill Museum of Art. March 18, 2024
Tented event dining || Photo by Aleah Cheryl

Overnight accommodation listings can be found through the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce and Mount Adams Chamber of Commerce. For day visitors, Hood River and Yakima both have diverse options for hotels spanning major brands and independent properties.