Maryhill Art Museum in Goldendale Washington is quite a find. Roughly 2 hours east of Portland Oregon and located up above the Columbia river. You will discover commanding views, and find yourself in awe of not just the views, but of the eclectic collection of art from around the world. The museum which was intended to be Samuel Hill’s residence began construction in 1914. Samuel Hill who was a Quaker, dreamed of a “utopian agricultural paradise” based on Quaker beliefs and values. Unfortunately his land company failed, and he decided to turn his home into a museum, for all of the public to enjoy. Named after both his wife Mary and daughter, the museum was dedicated in 1926 by the Queen Marie of Romania, a close friend of Mr. Hill. Only after his death in 1931, the museum was finally opened to the public May 13, 1940 Mr. Hill’s birthday. Some of the permanent exhibitions included but not limited to are; Orthodox Icons, Auguste Rodin, international Chess sets (very unique), the American Indian exhibit and Theatre De La Mode, a collection of dolls in high end couture. The museum also features special exhibitions from local and nationally know artists. And if you arrive hungry, the museum has a café that serves sandwiches and salads that are quite good, try the locally caught and smoked salmon sandwich, it was delicious. Be sure the check the web site for the most up to date information on exhibitions and special events.