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Umpqua Discovery Center, Reedsport

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‘Where There’s Always Something New to Discover’

Come inside the Umpqua Discovery Center on Reedsport’s riverfront and you’ll enter an exciting new world. You will be taken on a journey through time in the Tidewaters and Time cultural history exhibit. The adventure begins with the Kuuich Indians and early explorers, such as Jedediah Smith. Listen as the early pioneers tell stories about life in a tidewater town and watch videos of how logging was done in the past. Walk through the fish cannery and tidewater town. The combination of genuine historical artifacts and high-tech sound and light will heighten your appreciation of the experience.

In the natural history exhibit, Pathways to Discovery, visitors are taken along on a simulated outdoor adventure. First, there’s the estuary at sunrise in the fall. This is followed by the deep forest in winter at mid-day, where you can slide into the bear cave and learn about hibernating bears. Next you enter the weather station, listen to storm stories from the past, and learn a wealth of information from the OMSI exhibits on rain, wind, and atmosphere. Your journey will continue to a high mountain meadow on a spring afternoon, and then to a summer sunset in the dunes. The end of the trail is the Subterranean Education Room where you’ll view videos on elk, bats, sand, and dunes.

Located at 409 Riverfront Way, the Center is accessible from either the street or a boardwalk along the beautiful Umpqua River waterfront. For a more panoramic view, look through the 35 foot periscope in the community room. To remember your visit, there are educational, unusual, and unique items in the gift and book shop.

Open Daily:

Monday thru Saturday: 10:00am to 5pm (June 1 – September 30) and 10am to 4pm (Oct. 1 – May 31).

Sunday: 12:00 to 4:00pm Admission charged.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's
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  • Highlight of our trip along the Oregon coast. The Center has large murals painted by a local artist and it has interactive areas for all age groups. Very informative. 
    Highlight of our trip along the Oregon coast. The Center has large murals painted by a local artist and it has interactive areas for all age groups. Very informative.  more »
  • This Discovery Center in the little town of Reedsport may be the most surprising and pleasant discovery in town. The quality of the displays felt to me like a team of Disney Imagineers came in and... 
    This Discovery Center in the little town of Reedsport may be the most surprising and pleasant discovery in town. The quality of the displays felt to me like a team of Disney Imagineers came in and...  more »
  • I have lived in Western Oregon 14 years and still found this volunteer run center interesting and enjoyable.The Discovery Center is a place where kids and adults can enjoy leqrning about the Oregon... 
    I have lived in Western Oregon 14 years and still found this volunteer run center interesting and enjoyable.The Discovery Center is a place where kids and adults can enjoy leqrning about the Oregon...  more »
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  • Immersive exhibits that are family friendly, yet culturally and naturally significant. The self paced areas were genuinely as fast or as slow as your party wanted. Fabulous spot! Oh, and we were able to see Osprey in their nest!
  • So much fun. A definite must see. Fun for all. From my 10yr old son to my 65yr old mom
  • Very quaint and enjoyable little historical center and very informative and unique. There is a fun slide for kiddos and some interactive things to enjoy. Staff wasn't the kindest or helpful but they weren't mean. It's not too expensive either !
  • Great outdoor interpretive center with lots of informational plaques. Beautiful views, charming hand-carved benches and multiple restaurant choices. Right next to the boat ramp so you can see the boats being loaded in and out of the water.
  • Great place to take the family...and buy gifts. Excellent displays of the local area and its hustory.

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