Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, The Dalles

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The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum is the official interpretive center and history museum about the Columbia River Gorge located on 54 acres (22 ha) in The Dalles, Oregon. Opened in 1997, the 48,200-square-foot (4,480 m2) Center features exhibits about the area's geology, Ice Age prehistory, Native American culture and basketry, exploration by Lewis and Clark and others on the Oregon Trail, settlement, transportation and natural history. The Wasco County Historical Museum is a 17,200 square-foot exhibit wing which tells the history of the people of Wasco County, Oregon.

The Center also offers live raptor programs, a research library, meeting rooms, auditorium, gift shop and cafe. The site includes a handicap accessible paved interpretive trail with vistas of the Columbia River Gorge and the Klickitat Hills.

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  • If you see just one thing in The Dalles let it be this. So we’ll done and so much information and history displayed in such an engaging way - for all ages!! Really worth a stop!  more »
  • During our unexpected visit to The Dalles because we evacuated from Oregon City during the fires, we found The Discovery Center entertained and educated us about Oregon History. Because we had lots...  more »
  • Tried to enjoy the museum but it's only open on the weekends. Tried to do the Pioneer Walk but it only had numbers posted without a map (maybe inside?), it's interesting but not informative. Final...  more »
  • Great experience and a solid history and immersion into the local history since Lewis and Clark. Special shout out to Birds of Prey staff and their great dedication to protecting these treasures.
  • Can’t wait for inservice tomorrow to see the exhibits...
  • Great place the learn about the local history.
  • Visited this past week, first time I've ever been here - beautiful facility. Staff very friendly and helpful, admission fee quite reasonable. Found the exhibits very interesting. Learned a lot. Will visit again. Thank you!
  • Nice place to stop and check out. A few exhibits inside and a lovely trail outside. With views of the river, surrounding hills, of birds, and bunnies too.

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