Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

Inside a large room with dark floors and bright windows, upright panels display framed artwork.
Visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Museum in Oregon.

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Quick Facts
5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon
Interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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

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: March 22, 2024