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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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Affordable and fun

Had a great time walking through the different exhibits, and the raptor presentation was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert M
via mobile
Right on the Columbia River where it all happened. So much wonderful history here.

Once again we were dissuaded on going somewhere, this time to The Dalles and again I am glad I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
+1 541-296-8600
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great time walking through the different exhibits, and the raptor presentation was informative and interesting. Lots of walking trails and beautiful views of the river. I had a groupon for half price entry, but even without it, prices are very reasonable. Definitely recommend...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once again we were dissuaded on going somewhere, this time to The Dalles and again I am glad I didn’t listen. By 9:30am we were driving east on 84 to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center following the Columbia River all the way. The wide open...More

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Reviewed December 8, 2017

We drove past this on the way to eat at Cousin's in the Dalles, which was the only reason we went out there. My husband suggested we take the family in after we eat and I wasn't thinking too much about going back. We did,...More

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Reviewed November 20, 2017 via mobile

Lewis and Clark, Natural History, County History and geological history, I budgeted 2 hours for the museum but spent 3 hours and I will return to see and absorb more!!! This is one of the best museums other than the Smithsonian that I have visited....More

2  Thank capttml
Reviewed October 25, 2017

We visited the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum in October. Prices were reasonable ($7 for seniors). The exhibits are very well done and quite informative. I especially liked the dioramas. There are some paved walking paths outside with some terrific views of the hills...More

2  Thank 2TravelBears
Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed exhibits, very clean,had live bird show. Enjoyed history of area. Reasonable price. Kids would enjoy too. Movies of building Columbia gorge how at very very interesting, especially picture s of old cars.

1  Thank Donna M
Reviewed October 23, 2017

This is a very nice museum. We especially liked the talk about the raptors, which consisted of a red tailed hawk and an owl the day we were there.

2  Thank Bob and Gail M
Reviewed October 11, 2017

This center provides loads of information in the history of the area. There many displays and all are interesting. This is a good learning center.

1  Thank Arlene D
Reviewed September 27, 2017

We visited here while exploring the area with our kids and teens ages 9-18. Every one of us learned something here and enjoyed our visit. There is so much to see! One of our teens didn't even get to finish everything she wanted to see...More

2  Thank Kristin S
Reviewed September 27, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this museum. We went on the first day of our trip to the Columbia Gorge area. It really gave us an excellent pictures of the area, as well as the history of the area. It was the perfect way to start our visit.

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Sharon G
October 27, 2017|
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Response from Arlene D | Reviewed this property |
$7.00 for Seniors. It is well worth the cost as there is a lot of history there.
June 30, 2017|
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Response from mltippett | Reviewed this property |
At least a couple hours
April 22, 2016|
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Response from Anna P | Reviewed this property |
Just the drive on the Historic Groge Hwy is spectacular. There are some view points along the way and many waterfalls. The most spectular is of course Multnomah falls.The restaurant there has pretty good food too. Dont miss... More