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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

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Address: 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058
Phone Number: +1 541-296-8600
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Description: The 48,200 sq. ft. facility won an American Institute of Architects Honor...
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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Well worth a visit - nicely done

I really liked the Lewis and Clark information but there is so much more to see. This is a very well done museum that you could spend an afternoon in and still not experience it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

I really liked the Lewis and Clark information but there is so much more to see. This is a very well done museum that you could spend an afternoon in and still not experience it all.

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Redmond, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This place was amazing and so much more than we expected it to be. You could easily spend at least two hours there to see everything. It was so well done and impressive and we learned a lot about the history of the Columbia Gorge area.

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Conyers, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This museum is really two museums in one. We were limited to two hours but we could have spent at least twice a long.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The museum had two different exhibits, but they were both excellent. Found a great resource for my classroom in the gift shop as well as a belt buckle I'd been looking for just a couple of years now. Not where you expect it to be, but if you don't know the history of the region, it is an excellent resource... More 

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Camarillo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

So many exhibits and interesting stories about the Gorge. There is a little restaurant that is okay, nothing special. Gift shop has some items produced in The Dalles. I bought several jars of The Dalles cherries last year and had them for Cherries Jubilee at Christmas. They were the best cherries I've ever had for "canned" cherry flavor. Lots of... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

If you have ANY interest in the Columbia river area, don't miss this place. It has so much of human history and geography. loved it.

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Bourbonnais, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Reasonable price for everyone. Easy to find and convenient to most areas around the Dalles Oregon. Have nice trails that you walk on right from the museum. Good history of the area is shown and we got to see a live presentation of Raptors

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We really enjoyed this museum! There is a lot of really great Lewis & Clark history! My kids loved that many things were hands on. They had a dress up area which was really cool where the kids could dress up like soldiers from the time period, or native Americans, or 1800's style dresses and bonnets for the girls. My... More 

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The Dalles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A great way to spend an afternoon looking into the past. The Columbia Gorge of years past is displayed in a very interesting layout in an attractive modern building. One can easily spend days looking at scenes from pre-historic age to the fairly recent past. A shop and a cafe are available to take a break from cramming information into... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Has a good amount of history of the area. This a great little place to stop. They have outdoor trails to follow and the staff are vary helpful.

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Address: 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058
Phone Number: +1 541-296-8600
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  The Dalles
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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