We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Review Highlights
Lots of stuff!

This place is loaded with information about the Columbia River Gorge and so much of its history! If... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hood River, Oregon
via mobile
Amazing museum

We'd passed this on the freeway many times and never taken the time to stop and visit. That was a... read more

Reviewed November 29, 2018
Ellensburg, Washington
via mobile
Read all 364 reviews
All photos (143)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“wasco county”(32 reviews)
“lewis and clark”(39 reviews)
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...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
5000 Discovery Dr, The Dalles, OR 97058-9755
+1 541-296-8600
Improve This Listing
Reviews (364)
Filter reviews
364 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews wasco county discovery center lewis and clark ice age birds of prey couple of hours gift shop two hours the river red tailed hawk natural history interesting exhibits great introduction all ages great displays nice facility native americans
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 364 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is loaded with information about the Columbia River Gorge and so much of its history! If you’ve never been there then don’t wait, just see it now! The Trainer (RN)* Personal Trainer, “One On One Only”

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank rixterstufff
Reviewed November 29, 2018 via mobile

We'd passed this on the freeway many times and never taken the time to stop and visit. That was a big mistake. This is not your old-school historical museum full of some guy's threshing equipment or collection of arrowheads. The displays are carefully and thoughtfully...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank TaliesinNW
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Hard to describe this place. It is a museum, but really more than just the gorge, it covers the history of the local area also. It covers history, geology, ecology. The rooms are designed in such a way to engage visitors in the displays using...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank travelwriter52
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our stop with a tour. The bus was able to drop us near the door, so the visit would be easy for those with limited mobility. There is a nice little gift shop, and plenty of places to rest.

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

This is a small but mighty museum with excellent exhibits combined with beautiful architecture. Well worth a visit when in the area. The Lewis and Clark exhibit for instance was very visual and really gave the viewer a good idea of all that they carried...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jltho
Reviewed October 10, 2018

My wife and I made it a point to stop here before we drove west through the gorge (I highly recommend crossing the river and touring from the Washington side until you get to Bridge of the Gods). I loved the nature walk and it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Silver_Lake23
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

This place is a lot of fun. There are a lot of exibits on display. They explain the history of the columbia gorge, how it was formed, who has lived here and when.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank kj6nvk
Reviewed September 30, 2018

Of note: the Coulmbia River tile mosaic in the main hallway...showing all of towns along the way. Great presentation not only of the Corp of Discovery, but also of the indigenous peoples of the area. Both sides are presented. That portion of the museum was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank PullmanCougar
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

Birds of prey and an amazing museum. Beautiful view of the Columbia Gorge and great stop as you drive through. Want to take a walk? You can take the trail down to river on bike or walk along river all the way back through town....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Salmondeschutes
Reviewed September 25, 2018

nice museum with varied exhibits highlighting the history of the area. the birds of prey were the highlight of the visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank marktS5189DV
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 9 nearby hotels
Motel 6 The Dalles
116 reviews
2.69 miles away
Cousin's Country Inn
680 reviews
2.90 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites The Dalles
323 reviews
2.98 miles away
Super 8 by Wyndham the Dalles OR
472 reviews
3.37 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 74 nearby restaurants
Cousins Restaurant & Lounge
596 reviews
2.87 miles away
169 reviews
2.22 miles away
Casa El Mirador
158 reviews
3.10 miles away
Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant
65 reviews
3.44 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 32 nearby attractions
Fort Dalles Museum and Anderson Homestead
113 reviews
4.07 miles away
Schreiner Farms
11 reviews
1.50 miles away
Sunshine Mill Winery
81 reviews
4.32 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
June 21, 2018|
Response from BigDMI | Reviewed this property |
General Admission $9, Sr. $7, and kids $5
May 22, 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from BigDMI | Reviewed this property |
Sharon G
October 27, 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from arlened585 | Reviewed this property |
$7.00 for Seniors. It is well worth the cost as there is a lot of history there.