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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

5000 Discovery Dr, The Dalles, OR 97058-9755
+1 541-296-8600
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My husband and I stopped here while passing through the area. We learned a lot about the history of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Pamela B
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Correctionville, Iowa
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Be sure to walk the paved paths for some great views of the

Attended with a group and will definitely return with my Wife. The Oregon Trail and Wasco County... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rick Z
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Richland, Washington
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The 48,200 sq. ft. facility won an American Institute of Architects Honor Award for its appealing design. The Center is situated on a 54-acre point of land adjacent to the Columbia River and the Historic Columbia River Highway. The site provides walking trails, a pond, and scenic overlooks. Its location in The Dalles, Oregon is an ecosystem transition zone, facilitating the interpretation of both the rain forest west of the Cascade Mountains and the arid region to the east. Live raptor education programs engage all ages in issues related to habitat preservation. The area includes one of the oldest continuously occupied areas in North America (over 11,000 years), immediate proximity to one of the largest rivers on the continent, and access to the Lewis and Clark and Oregon Trails. The multimedia, interactive museum inspires appreciation and stewardship of the natural and cultural treasures of the Gorge and Wasco County. Exhibits focus on the volcanic upheaval and raging floods that created the Gorge, the unique flora and fauna of the region, and eleven thousand years of cultural history. Collections include hundreds of American Indian baskets from throughout the Pacific Northwest, photo archives (partially available on-line), and local genealogical files available in the William G. Dick Library. In addition to touring the many fascinating exhibits, visitors can spend time viewing films in the theater located on site. If you plan to spend the day at the Discovery Center and Museum, you can relax during a lunch or coffee break at the Basalt Rock Cafe.
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5000 Discovery Dr, The Dalles, OR 97058-9755
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+1 541-296-8600
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped here while passing through the area. We learned a lot about the history of the area and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. There’s something here for everyone of all ages.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended with a group and will definitely return with my Wife. The Oregon Trail and Wasco County exhibits were especially interesting as my families 3 times great-grandfather came across on the Oregon Trail and my Uncle was a Wasco & Moro County Extension Agent.

Thank Rick Z
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was sure that we would be in and out of this museum in an hour, but I was so wrong! There were a number of interesting exhibits, but the best part was all the movies throughout the building--everything from the "evolution" of the Columbia...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum opens at 9am with lots of free parking alongside the Columbia River. Very friendly staff and a museum that you could spend several hours walking around. Lots of videos to watch with seating makes you really appreciate the area and history, plus a...More

1  Thank David M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very nice museum with very interesting displays. The people at the front desk were very helpful and gave us several ideas. Plan on spending no less then two hours inside. Hiking trails around the facility also are very good. Interactive displays for...More

2  Thank Wirunaways
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

His was our first stop on our vacation to the Oregon coast. The center was very enjoyable and gave a great history of the Columbia River Gorge. There is a nice nature trail to walk outside and a play/discovery area for little kids. Older kids...More

1  Thank Kevin W
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

We love to go through museums and discovery centers. This one is excellent. Take you time, sit and listen to the recorded videos, enjoy learning about this area of America.

2  Thank EaGiW
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

The grounds are very nice and the museum is very nicely laid out for roaming and learning about the history of the area. The raptors were an added surprise. They have hiking and nature trails, picnic area, research library, and a cafe. Displays include ice...More

1  Thank BigDMI
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We were blown away how beautiful the ground were. The museum and interpretive center is huge with so much to see and read, wonderful. Surely worth the stop, crazy amazing!

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Great museum and beautiful grounds. If you like history and beauty be sure and visit. The building the grounds and exhibits are exceptional

1  Thank Gary W
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Molly F
21 June 2018|
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General Admission $9, Sr. $7, and kids $5
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22 May 2018|
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28 October 2017|
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Response from arlened585 | Reviewed this property |
$7.00 for Seniors. It is well worth the cost as there is a lot of history there.
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