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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

Interior of a museum with displays and large windows looking outside at the natural landscape
Inside the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

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Food/Drink - Vending Machine/Self Service, Gifts/Souvenirs/Books, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information, Picnic Table, Recycling, Restroom, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead, Trash/Litter Receptacles, Water - Drinking/Potable, Wheelchair Accessible

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The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum is located on a 54-acre point of land adjacent to the Columbia River and is the interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This area includes one of the oldest continuously occupied places in North America (over 11,000 years) and parts of the Lewis and Clark and Oregon Trails.

On the grounds are walking trails, a pond, scenic overlooks, and historic artifacts. The 48,200 square foot Discovery Center & Museum building contains interactive exhibits about the creation of the gorge; Ice Age animals, including a full-size Columbian mammoth; the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery; native peoples of the area; and a life-size exhibit featuring a wagon-raft braving the Columbia River's current. This is an excellent stop for families with children. Allow several hours for your visit. Modest admission is charged. 

Site Information

Location (5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon)

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Oregon National Historic Trail

Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, Oregon National Historic Trail

Last updated: October 8, 2022