You’d be hard-pressed to find a collection more wonderfully eclectic than that of the Maryhill Museum of Art (35 Maryhill Museum Dr., 509/773-3733, www.maryhillmuseum.org , 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily Mar. 15–Nov. 15, closed the rest of the year, $7 adults, $6 seniors, $2 ages 6–16, free for kids under 6).
The beautiful 1914 concrete-and-steel home was originally built as a mansion for Sam Hill but now houses exhibits ranging from an extensive selection of Auguste Rodin sculpture to hundreds of international chess sets to a full gallery of memorabilia related to Queen Marie of Romania, a close friend of Sam Hill’s.
Along with the surprisingly large permanent collection, Maryhill Museum attracts top-notch traveling exhibits as well. Be sure to enjoy a moment on the patio watching the peacocks roam the grounds while enjoying the Columbia River vistas that brought Sam Hill here.