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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058
541-296-8600
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in The Dalles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, History Museums, Museums
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Atlanta
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We got there just in time for a small presentation. The lady doing the presentation was great. My son knows a lot about birds and owls (he LOVES them) - and so he was interrupting too much, but she was great and lovely. The rest of the museum was also good. I didn't love the flow of it, but there... More

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Gtown, OR
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Having been through this area many times we've never had or taken the time to stop here. While it was educational, it wasn't exceptional.

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New York City, New York
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88 reviews 88 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The Discovery Center is a little out of the way to get to, but well worth it. It has several exhibits, among them a video of the cataclysmic creation of the Columbia River Gorge. Also, artifacts from the Lewis & Clark Expedition. I think it would appeal to children ages 10+.

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Sylva, North Carolina
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64 reviews 64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This was a fairly interesting museum, with good coverage of the history of the area. The highlight of our visit though, was the library, where the woman on duty directed me to wildflower books that helped me identify some of the unusual (to me) flowers that I had photographed on my hikes.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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100 reviews 100 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Quite a bit of geological history about the great Missoula flood, and the formation of the Columbia Gorge.

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Annapolis
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152 reviews 152 reviews
30 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We spent a few hours in the morning going through the displays. The building is beautiful. I felt some of the displays did not go in to enough detail and left me with as many questions as they answered. We came because most of the reviews are positive and like many others I found one subject more interesting. For me... More

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Boone, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This small museum packs a pretty good punch with its raptor presentation and the geologic history of the Columbia River gorge. We enjoyed learning about redtailed hawks, kestrels, and great horned owls during the raptor talk. But, I particularly enjoyed learning the geologic history of the gorge...amazing. The Lewis and Clark information was good, but I was pretty familiar with... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Great museum with exhibits worth reading. The history museum side has interesting exhibits on Lewis &Clark too. An exhibit with geologic formation of the gorge is fascinating with videos, displays, interactive components. All exhibits have good visuals as well as displays with facts to read. There is also an on site live aviary with live presentations from the experts. Don't... More

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Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We debated about whether to go here and whether it might be worth the $9 entrance fee. It turned out to be a nice little museum about the Columbia Gorge. The displays are well done. The place is clean and airy. Worth the visit. I'd guess it's worth it more if you have kids.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Me and a couple of my friends decided to check out this museum at random. It was interesting as to see the history of the local area. The layout is neat as if we were "traveling" through time. It even continued to go outside on the trails and ends on a nice view by the Columbia River and multiple building... More

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