Umpqua Discovery Center, Reedsport

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‘Where There’s Always Something New to Discover’

Come inside the Umpqua Discovery Center on Reedsport’s riverfront and you’ll enter an exciting new world. You will be taken on a journey through time in the Tidewaters and Time cultural history exhibit. The adventure begins with the Kuuich Indians and early explorers, such as Jedediah Smith. Listen as the early pioneers tell stories about life in a tidewater town and watch videos of how logging was done in the past. Walk through the fish cannery and tidewater town. The combination of genuine historical artifacts and high-tech sound and light will heighten your appreciation of the experience.

In the natural history exhibit, Pathways to Discovery, visitors are taken along on a simulated outdoor adventure. First, there’s the estuary at sunrise in the fall. This is followed by the deep forest in winter at mid-day, where you can slide into the bear cave and learn about hibernating bears. Next you enter the weather station, listen to storm stories from the past, and learn a wealth of information from the OMSI exhibits on rain, wind, and atmosphere. Your journey will continue to a high mountain meadow on a spring afternoon, and then to a summer sunset in the dunes. The end of the trail is the Subterranean Education Room where you’ll view videos on elk, bats, sand, and dunes.

Located at 409 Riverfront Way, the Center is accessible from either the street or a boardwalk along the beautiful Umpqua River waterfront. For a more panoramic view, look through the 35 foot periscope in the community room. To remember your visit, there are educational, unusual, and unique items in the gift and book shop.

Open Daily:

Monday thru Saturday: 10:00am to 5pm (June 1 – September 30) and 10am to 4pm (Oct. 1 – May 31).

Sunday: 12:00 to 4:00pm Admission charged.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's
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  • The Umpqua Discovery Center offers a lot of interesting information about the landscape as well as a great view of the Umpqua River.
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  • This is a wonderful place for the youngsters and the young at heart! A lot of local history explored. Very nice gift shop and nice restaurants nearby. I would definitely recommend visiting this locati...  more »
  • We had a very good class field trip here... The murals on the walls are incredible and the people in the murals are real people from the local history... Very well done!
  • This is a must-see. So much fun. Would go again. Plan to stay 2 hours that's right. Loved it.

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