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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

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Address: 5000 Discovery Dr, The Dalles, OR 97058-9755
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+1 541-296-8600
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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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Great place to spend several hours then go into the restaurant for a snack dinner or a glass of wine,

Been there many, many times for work conferences, family themed " Casablanca" movie party, retirement parties, birthday parties and Animal Rescue fund raisers. Food has always... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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The Dalles
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Been there many, many times for work conferences, family themed " Casablanca" movie party, retirement parties, birthday parties and Animal Rescue fund raisers. Food has always been great.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great museum to learn more about the history of the local area. Can see most of the museum in under 2 hours, but save 30 minutes to explore the grounds. There are neat out buildings are artifacts to look at outside around the perimeter of the museum and see if the eagle is in his habitat. Wide variety of... More 

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Dallas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

When in or near The Dalles OR do stop at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum. It is a great display of the history and geology of the area and a must stop for anyone interested in The Lewis & Clark Expedition,

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Rhododendron, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Stop,,,for sure. You'll be glad U did. It's the FIRST Exit coming from Portlandia. Bring your kids with!

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yakima, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

We Encourage Anyone looking to Learn More about the People Who Not only Lived in this Area, or Who Traveled through this Area, as a Part of History, is Shown Well, in Each Room. The Staff are able to Answer Qustions should You have them.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

This modern museum offers history films and exhibits to explain Celilo Falls, the Barlow Road, agriculture of the area, lives of missionaries and local native people. There are exhibits which display The Dalles street scene, wharf, Seufert cannery, Native American basketry and oral histories, rail depot, fur trappers and traders, George geology, the Oregon Trail, the Columbia mammoth, walking exhibits,... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Visited this museum recently on a cruise up the Columbia River. Found the live bird presentation interesting. The building itself and the grounds around it are quite spectacular.

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Have a bit of time and looking for a break from the heat? The Discovery Center gives a fun look at the history and culture of the Gorge.

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Beautiful center with very good historical displays of the area, covering all aspects of their history from past to present. There were many displays geared to kids, as well as us older history buffs.

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

It's a cool little spot to visit. Lots of educational and interactive stuff for kids and adults. There's a little deli there as well. Beautiful views of the surrounding gorge.

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