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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

Open Now: 09:00 - 17:00
Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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Amazing museum

We'd passed this on the freeway many times and never taken the time to stop and visit. That was a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
TaliesinNW
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Ellensburg, Washington
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A Great Introduction to the Gorge

Hard to describe this place. It is a museum, but really more than just the gorge, it covers the... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2018
travelwriter52
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Conyers, GA
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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...more
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5000 Discovery Dr, The Dalles, OR 97058-9755
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All reviews wasco county discovery center lewis and clark ice age birds of prey couple of hours gift shop two hours red tailed hawk natural history the river interesting exhibits live birds great introduction all ages great displays nice facility
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We'd passed this on the freeway many times and never taken the time to stop and visit. That was a big mistake. This is not your old-school historical museum full of some guy's threshing equipment or collection of arrowheads. The displays are carefully and thoughtfully...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

Hard to describe this place. It is a museum, but really more than just the gorge, it covers the history of the local area also. It covers history, geology, ecology. The rooms are designed in such a way to engage visitors in the displays using...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our stop with a tour. The bus was able to drop us near the door, so the visit would be easy for those with limited mobility. There is a nice little gift shop, and plenty of places to rest.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

This is a small but mighty museum with excellent exhibits combined with beautiful architecture. Well worth a visit when in the area. The Lewis and Clark exhibit for instance was very visual and really gave the viewer a good idea of all that they carried...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jltho
Reviewed 10 October 2018

My wife and I made it a point to stop here before we drove west through the gorge (I highly recommend crossing the river and touring from the Washington side until you get to Bridge of the Gods). I loved the nature walk and it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

This place is a lot of fun. There are a lot of exibits on display. They explain the history of the columbia gorge, how it was formed, who has lived here and when.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank kj6nvk
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Of note: the Coulmbia River tile mosaic in the main hallway...showing all of towns along the way. Great presentation not only of the Corp of Discovery, but also of the indigenous peoples of the area. Both sides are presented. That portion of the museum was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank PullmanCougar
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Birds of prey and an amazing museum. Beautiful view of the Columbia Gorge and great stop as you drive through. Want to take a walk? You can take the trail down to river on bike or walk along river all the way back through town....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Salmondeschutes
Reviewed 26 September 2018

nice museum with varied exhibits highlighting the history of the area. the birds of prey were the highlight of the visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank marktS5189DV
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

We couldn’t believe how much successful effort went into this museum! Spend 1-2 hours and learn how early explorers made it to the West Coast, how families travelled, the regions Indian people’s, how we took over the river. Lots of small, engaging exhibits just right...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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MollyF622
21 June 2018|
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General Admission $9, Sr. $7, and kids $5
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22 May 2018|
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Response from arlened585 | Reviewed this property |
$7.00 for Seniors. It is well worth the cost as there is a lot of history there.
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