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Skamania, Washington: 4,000 Rosaries

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum displays Don Brown's 4,000 rosaries, which took him 56 years to collect. See rosaries used by Lawrence Welk and JFK, and a surprising Swastika rosary.

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum

990 Rock Creek Drive, Skamania, WA
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. From Hwy 14 turn north onto Rock Creek Drive; you'll quickly see the museum on the right. The beads are exhibited on the top floor.
Daily 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $10.
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Rosary Bead Museum

Don't miss the world's only Rosary Bead Museum in Skamania, Washington. This used to be in the collector's barn, which gave it much more panache and larger display room. Now in the Visitor's Center, it has a computerized picture database of the thousands of rosary beads.

[Lucy MacDonald, 03/04/2000]

Don Brown collected rosary beads from 1917 until 1973, when he donated his collection -- the largest in the world -- to his hometown of Skamania.

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